Mark Saleski: Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Norah Jones' Not Too Late was released just before the end of January. I thought it was so good that nothing could knock it out of my top spot. The vast majority of the musical year stretched out ahead of me, but I just could not imagine anything coming along to nudge out incredibly beautiful songs like "Wish I Could," or "Not My Friend."
Well, it happened. Bruce Springsteen came out with Magic, an album so painfully good that it occupied almost all of my listening time for several weeks. It's unfortunate that I didn't use a camera to record the looks that flashed across my face during my initial listen as I could hardly believe my ears. Finally, the 'true' E Street vibe exploded from those grooves. It was like bumping into a long-lost friend. And what do long-lost friends do? We ducked into the nearest bar, knocked back a cold one, and reminisced about Norah Jones.
Thank you to the writers who participated in this year's column, and to the rest of you, please feel free to chime in below. Let us know if you agree with the choices made and share your favorite album of 2007.