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Along with iPhones, These Albums Are Turning Fifteen

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Alt-Rockers Travis Released Its Fourth Album in 2007


I have always been a few years behind the latest trends, and that was the case as well back on a historic day fifteen years ago. Even though the first iPhones were sold on June 29 of 2007, I think I did not acquire my first one until a half decade later.

I really saw no need to get an iPhone, being thoroughly satisfied with my flip phone at the time. I used it to make calls, which was the intended use of cell phones.

Soon people were using their iPhones to surf the Internet and store music, the latter of which I had been content with my mp3 player. I still on the fifteenth birthday of the iPhone prefer my music on the ipod or, better yet, my Sony disc Walkman, the same devices as employed back then.

As I read of the iPhone's fifteenth birthday this week, I of course reflected on the music I was probably listening to on my non-phone devices. Here is a list of the fifteen albums I had been digging in 2007, happily unaware of the impact the newly available iPhone would have on the society around me.

1. Yours Truly, Angry Mob by Kaiser Chiefs

After their incredible debut album Employment, KC fans like me were well-reward for our two years of patience when this disc offered instant classics like “Ruby”, “Everything Is Average Nowadays” and “The Heat Dies Down.”

2. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire

Sounding a bit like Bruce Springsteen with touches of Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, the indie outfit's second album was their commercial breakthrough.

3. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock had already revealed his talent on the successful Good News For People Who Love Bad News with hits like “Ocean Breathes Salty” and “Float On,” but they got even better when former Smiths founder Johnny Marr joined the group for their third album.

4. Traffic and Weather by Fountains of Wayne

We meet typical FOW characters “Revolving Dora” and “Yolanda Hayes” on this fourth album, a fitting follow up to the greatest power pop record ever Welcome Interstate Managers.

5. Cassadaga by Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst created some great songs for the project's fifth record, which contained “Classic Cars” and “The Brakeman Looks My Way.”

6. Wincing the Night Away by the Shins

“Phantom Limb” and the rest of the disc make it a suitable follow-up to James Mercer and band's Chutes Too Narrow.

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7. The Boy With No Name by Travis

The Big Chair was more comfortable than the three singles from this record, an adequate but inferior follow-up to The Invisible Band.

8. Sky Blue Sky by Wilco

Jeff Tweedy clearly desired a return to his folk-rock Uncle Tupelo sound on this album, which shines with “Impossible Germany” and the title track.

9. Icky Thump by the White Stripes

Thump went the duo after this sixth album, their first with a title track.

10. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon

Until this sensational disc came out, Britt Daniel and his pals were mainly a virtually unknown indie outfit out of Austin, but gems like “The Underdog”, “Don't You Evah” and “Black Like Me” sent them soaring into the mainstream.

11. The Stage Names by Okkervil River

Will Sheff's writing here is delightfully accusing, especially on its best tracks “Pop Lie” and “Singer Songwriter.”

13. Challengers by the New Pornographers

This Canadian alt-rock band was introduced to me through this album, as I quickly fell in love with “Mutiny I Promise You” and “All the Old Showstoppers” and the rest of A.C. Newman's compositions.

14. La Cucaracha by Ween

The Weens has always strayed a little too far out for fans of traditional genres, but tracks like “Your Party” and “Shamemaker” could appeal to any audience.

15. Rent a Crowd by Len Price Three

Ten short, electric-based songs comprise this sophomore record from a fun soft punk band, who somehow remained unknown even after this excellent effort.

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