In tomorrow’s paper you can see what Miles Raymer, Monica Kendrick, and I each chose as the top ten albums of 2007. For today, here are albums 11 through 40 on my personal list, with the usual caveats: many of the rankings are pretty arbitrary, given the variety of genres represented, and there were an awful lot of promising records I just didn’t get a chance to hear. In the next week or two I plan to use the blog to spotlight some of my favorite reissues and box sets of 2007.

I didn’t annotate this list, so if you have a question about a record or need help finding any of the small-label releases, feel free to use the comments to ask.

11. Bettye LaVette: The Scene of the Crime (Anti-)
12. Fanfare Ciocarlia: Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango)
13. Fredrik Ljungkvist & Yun Kan 5: Badaling (Caprice)
14. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)
15. Mekons: Natural (Quarterstick)
16. Bill McHenry: Roses (Sunnyside)
17. The Thing with Ken Vandermark: Immediate Sound (Smalltown Superjazzz)
18. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand (Rounder)
19. Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective: Watina (Cumbancha)
20. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
21. Frode Haltli: Passing Images (ECM)
22. White Stripes: Icky Thump (Warner Brothers)
23. Kullhammar, Osgood & Vagan: Andratx (Moserobie)
24. Linda Thompson: Versatile Heart (Rounder)
25. Oren Ambarchi: In the Pendulum’s Embrace (Southern Lord)
26. Bjork: Volta (Elektra)
27. Scout Niblett: This Fool Can Die Now (Too Pure)
28. Boots Brown: Boots Brown (Slottet)
29. Getatchew Mekuria & the Ex: Moa Anbessa (Terp)
30. Joshua Redman: Back East (Nonesuch)
31. P.G. Six: Slightly Sorry (Drag City)
32. Hild Sofie Tafjord: Kama (Pica Disk)
33. Sylvie Courvoisier: Lonelyville (Intakt)
34. Strountes: Strountes (Slottet)
35. James Blackshaw: The Cloud of Unknowing (Tompkins Square)
36. Opsvik & Jennings: Computer Anthems (Rune Grammofon)
37. Christian Wallumrod: The Zoo Is Far (ECM)
38. Hot 8 Brass Band: Rock With the Hot 8 Brass Band (Tru Thoughts)
39. Radiohead: In Rainbows (ATO)
40. Santa Maria: Santa Maria (Slottet)