As seems to happen every year, my holiday vacation has given me time to catch up on critcially acclaimed 2007 albums I didn't get the chance to hear during the year. These past few days I've picked up Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals, Burial Untrue, Bat for Lashes Fur and Gold, Low Drums and Guns, Holy Fuck LP, and Phosphorescent Pride. Burial and Yeasayer especially have stuck out to me as albums that possibly would have made my list had I heard them earlier (much like El Perro Del Mar snuck up on me late last year). As far as Burial goes, I don't know what I thought "dubstep" was exactly, but I wasn't expecting this low-key, atmospheric ambiant music- it's nice. And Yeasayer is just quality weird folk in the vein of Akron/Family and Castanets. I can dig it.
I'm giving myself a couple more days to catch up on any missed gems, and then it's time to look forward to what's coming out in 2008.