The Top 10 Debuts of 2007, from WXPN

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From French electronica and melancholy songwriters to worldly, eccentric indie-rock, here are 10 of the year's best debut albums. In no particular order:

The Top 10 Debuts of 2007, from WXPN

Deadly Syndrome

The Deadly Syndrome

  • Artist: The Deadly Syndrome
  • Album: The Ortolan
  • Song: Eucalyptus

Only six months after it formed, Los Angeles-based rock band The Deadly Syndrome released its debut -- and immediately attracted nationwide buzz. The Ortolan is a charismatic collection of songs that bristle with smart arrangements, musical diversity and highly accomplished rock chops. (Listen: “Eucalyptus”)

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Song
Eucalyptus
Album
Ortolan
Artist
The Deadly Syndrome
Label
Dim Mak
Released
2007

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Justice

Justice

  • Artist: Justice
  • Album: Cross
  • Song: D.A.N.C.E.

The French electronica duo’s debut is a bracing infusion of rave, house and rock music. Owing as much to “The Hustle” as it does to Daft Punk, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. honors just enough of dance music’s past to bring its extreme brand of dance-floor flavor into the 21st century. Overpowered by funk, indeed. (Listen: “D.A.N.C.E.”)

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Song
D.A.N.C.E.
Album
Cross
Artist
Justice
Label
Ed Banger/Vice
Released
2007

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Via Audio

Via Audio

  • Artist: Via Audio
  • Album: Say Something
  • Song: We Can Be Good

The infectious indie-pop debut of Boston's Via Audio was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, but no ghosts of Spoon's aesthetic linger over this talented band. At the heart of this collection of versatile songs are Jessica Martins' dreamy, blissful vocals. (Listen: "We Can Be Good")

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We Can Be Good
Album
Say Something
Artist
Via Audio
Label
Sidecho
Released
2007

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Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

  • Artist: Sea Wolf
  • Album: Leaves in the River
  • Song: You're a Wolf

Leaves in the River signals the impressive arrival of singer-songwriter Alex Brown Church. His acoustic gems are built on lush, orchestrated pop arrangements, each rife with melancholy and sharp melodies. (Listen: "You're a Wolf")

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You're a Wolf
Album
Leaves in the River
Artist
Sea Wolf
Label
Dangerbird
Released
2007

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Let's Go Sailing

Let's Go Sailing

  • Artist: Let's Go Sailing
  • Album: The Chaos in Order
  • Song: Sideways

Let's Go Sailing's debut should have been called I'm So Sad But I Feel So Good, because that's how singer and songwriter Shana Levy’s bittersweet and forlorn songs make you feel. The songs on this album are strummy and warm, thanks in large part to Levy's dreamy vocals. (Listen: "Sideways")

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Sideways
Album
Chaos in Order
Artist
Let's Go Sailing
Label
Gr2 Classics
Released
2007

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Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons

  • Artist: Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
  • Album: Banging Down the Doors
  • Song: How Long, Diana?

Ezra Furman comes on with the intensity of artists like Jonathan Richman and Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes. Concurrently maniacal, tender and endearing, Furman conveys confidence that bursts from every note. (Listen: "How Long, Diana")

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How Long, Diana?
Album
Banging Down the Doors
Artist
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
Label
Minty Fresh
Released
2007

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St. Vincent

St. Vincent

  • Artist: St. Vincent
  • Album: Marry Me
  • Song: Marry Me

This impressive debut from Annie Clark -- singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and sometimes member of The Polyphonic Spree -- mines broad musical terrain. Like Kate Bush, Bjork and Jeff Buckley, Clark has crafted a uniquely inspiring collection of songs. (Listen: "Marry Me")

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Marry Me
Album
Marry Me
Artist
St. Vincent
Label
Beggars Banquet
Released
2007

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The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

  • Artist: The Twilight Sad
  • Album: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
  • Song: That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy

This Glasgow band plays reverb-drenched, emotionally charged pop songs with epic climaxes. It’s an ambitious debut, combining the intensity of emo with the angst-ridden force of The Smiths. (Listen: "That Summer at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy")

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That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy
Album
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
Artist
The Twilight Sad
Label
Fat Cat
Released
2007

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The Field

The Field

  • Artist: The Field
  • Album: From Here We Go Sublime
  • Song: A Paw in My Face

A chilled-out collection of hypnotic electronica as warm as a favorite sweater during a cold day, the Swedish band The Field has made a record on which simplicity and beauty reign supreme. (Listen: "A Paw in My Face")

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A Paw in My Face
Album
From Here We Go Sublime
Artist
The Field
Label
Kompakt Germany
Released
2007

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Yeasayer

Yeasayer

  • Artist: Yeasayer
  • Album: All Hour Cymbals
  • Song: 2080

Worldly post-rock that brings to mind a cross between Peter Gabriel and TV on the Radio, Yeasayer's music radiates eccentric pop experimentalism with grand results. (Listen: “2080”)

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2080
Album
All Hour Cymbals
Artist
Yeasayer
Label
We Are Free

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