More Animal-Esque Artists and Albums from the 2007 Billboard Critics’ Picks

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THOM DUFFY
Billboard special features editor

5. Sarah Pedinotti, “City Bird” (Self-released)
An aptly-titled creative leap for this promising young singer/songwriter who staged her first showcase tour of New York and Boston this year.

TOM FERGUSON
Billboard deputy global editor

6. Joe Ely, “Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch” (Rounder)
Back on a rockier tack, Ely remains one of the all-time Americana greats.

BEN FRENCH
Billboard contributor

1. Of Montreal, “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” (Polyvinyl)
The best divorce album since Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love.”
6. The Besnard Lakes, “The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse” (Jagjaguwar)
“For Agent 13” is the song of the year.
9. Andrew Bird, “Armchair Apocrypha” (Fat Possum)
As if Jeff Buckley sat down with Radiohead.
10. Ween, “La Cucaracha” (Rounder)
Seems like they can’t help putting out great record after great record.

GARY GRAFF
Billboard/Billboard.com con
tributor
2. Ryan Adams, “Easy Tiger” (Lost Highway)
Adams and his Cardinals hit a new career high and now everybody wants a “Halloweenhead.”

RON HART
Billboard.com contributor

10. Bill Callahan, “Woke on a Whale Heart” (Drag City)
A beautiful collection of robust, romantic black country rock that stands tall.

KATIE HASTY
Billboard.com associate editor

5. Animal Collective, “Strawberry Jam” (Domino)
Beastly.

JESSICA LETKEMANN
Billboard.com editor

1. Eddie Vedder, “Into the Wild” (J)
2. Pearl Jam, “Live at the Gorge” (Monkeywrench)
9. Iron & Wine, “The Shepherd’s Dog” (Sub Pop)

KERRI MASON
Billboard contributor

5. Simian Mobile Disco, “Attack Sustain Release” (Interscope)
Fun invades minimal.

This list will continue for yet another day. Look for more tomorrow.

Complete list, including non-Animal-esque artists & albums, can be found .

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