Yes, I gave in and embraced the cliché of making ‘best of the year’ tops. Still, ‘top’ is a strong word, it sounds so… hierarchical, so definite, things that can be calculated with numbers. Artistic value has a lot to do with the moment. While I’m listening to a great song and I’m really feeling it, I’m not thinking “This song is slightly less wonderful than another great song”. Music is not a sport. When it comes to art, each individual is the judge. Music is the place where the mind and the heart meet, it has nothing to do with other people’s opinions. You should also know that some of the songs from this list might be released as singles in the future, so read the date when this was posted before sharing with your friends… Ok, enough with this mumbo-jumbo, let’s see who made to number 1, people!!!!!
11. Morrissey – It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore
His recent albums are pretty far from the fresh outta The Smiths stuff. I’m talking about the music, because the lyrics have always been briliant – the guy just can’t be topped when it comes to editing ideas into the most simple and yet poetic words. It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore it’s one of the most powerful songs he wrote in years, talking about how politeness and hypocrisy have nothing to do with one’s expression of love: “All the gifts that they gave can’t compare in any way to the love I am now giving to you right here right now on the floor”. LISTEN
From all the other arts, music could best be compared to painting. A painter is able to communicate emotions through the images he creates. Sometimes, these are very complex, filled with all sorts of details, shades and colours and sometimes, they are very simple, just a few lines and yet they are still as strong, if not even more. In this respect, songs are very similar to paintings. Some are multilayered, with all sorts of sounds an instruments filling the sonic space, while others are very minimal, played on one instrument or composed of one melodic episode. The music of Vangelis is a good way of exemplifying this theory. He has plenty of tracks that use dozens of sounds and create an universe which offers something new to discover at every listen, but he also has very simple compositions which are very effective in creating moods.
With only two albums, British indie band Editors have managed to… get noticed, to say at least. Their second album, 2007′s An End Has a Start, confirmed them as an important new name and left plenty of people curious about what’s coming next. But, now, in the two-month eve of their new album’s release, entitled In This Light and On This Evening, let’s remember one of their non-single masterpieces, The Weight of the World. Built on a slow beat, reminding us of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Just Like Honey, and on a repetitive guitar riff, this is a calmer moment in the usually urgent Editors’ rock. Songs like Munich and An End Has a Start are more like their trademark sound. Still, The Weight of the World might just be their best song so far, with Tom Smith’s voice sounding as affected as ever, especially singing reflective lyrics, that masterfully avoid becoming corny in any way. The song begins with the line “Keep a light on those you love, They will be there when you die”, the chorus goes like “Every little piece in your life, Will add up to one, Every little piece in your life, It will mean something to someone”. It would be a good soundtrack to both moments of joy and those of sorrow. Even though it wasn’t released as a single, The Weight of the World was included in the live setlist of Editors’ shows, supposedly being written especially to be played at Glastonbury ’07.