Albums of the Year: 2007

1.  The National — /Boxer/ In a year that saw face-plants from the Shins, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and the other usual suspects, Brooklyn’s National made what is probably the only clear-cut Great record of the year.  When I reviewed Boxer this summer, I called Matt Berninger’s exploration of 21st-Century American disenfranchisement “perfectly controlled and composed … Continue reading

R’n’r Confessional: Letter to an Indie Nation

Rock ‘n’ Roll Confessional, Dec 07 Letter to an Indie Nation Through convenient revisionist history, Bob Dylan lives in our minds just as he was in 1965: skinny, wild haired, hidden behind dark glasses, and smoking; jittery on methamphetamines and singing about morality; criticizing society while trying his best to find his place in it.  … Continue reading

The Rising: The Canonization of Bruce Springsteen

Marty Garner The Rising:  The Canonization of Bruce Springsteen In 1974, rock critic Jon Landau wrote “I have seen rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”  Landau, who went on to produce Born to Run as well as manage the Boss’ career following that record, cannot have known how right he was. … Continue reading

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible Merge; 4 ½ stars You have heard about the dissonant church organs of “Intervention” and Win Butler’s channeling Bruce Springsteen and an Episcopalian choir.  You have heard about how he smashed his acoustic guitar on SNL.  You have heard that Neon Bible entered Billboard at #2.  You have heard that … Continue reading