Top 10 CDs of 2007 Page 9

Fountains of Wayne 1. Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather (Virgin). One fiendish earworm after another. Adam Schlesinger is a freakin' genius! 2. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (Columbia). His best since The River. And if you don't get the Iraq War subtext, you're not paying attention. 3. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge). Gloriously anthemic stuff - so good that I have overcome my longtime prejudice against bands that use a triangle. 4. Feist: The Reminder (Cherrytree/Interscope). Isn't she just the cutest thing? 5. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Universal Republic). I can't help it: I think it's so cool that the Keith Richards of her generation is a Jewish woman. 6. Lucinda Williams: West (Lost Highway). I can't help it: I think it's so cool that the Bob Dylan of her generation is a goyish woman. 7. The Hives: The Black and White Album (A&M/Octone). Garage rock from a place (Sweden) that obviously has high-end garages. 8. Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino). Sharp songwriting, lethal performances - and so British you can practically smell the Guinness. 9. Mary Weiss: Dangerous Game (Norton). Comeback of the year (and yes, I also heard the Stooges). 10. Various Artists: I'm Not There (Columbia). The good news about this soundtrack: Most of the Dylan covers are revelatory. The bad news: You can't see Cate Blanchett.

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