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|The Best Of 2008: Top 10 Albums|
Self-explanatory: my favorite albums of 2008. You know the drill.
In no particular order...
It's very simple: these guys are the best Alternative Rock band. And that's saying a lot, because the Alternative bandwagon is very large and crowded. But to me, these guys transcend it. After the epic but very consistent-sounding Cities, the Anberlin boys create a much more diverse sounding-record with New Surrender, but remain the same heartfelt, catchy bunch we all love. They've branched out sonically, but the roots are still the same, and every single change only enhances what they already were. New Surrender perfectly personifies what good, quality, innovative Alternative Rock should be.
The Anti Mother
Okay, so the title is laughably awful. The music is awesome. This album was extremely controversial, and seems to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it albums, but to me it is excellent. Norma Jean wouldn't be Norma Jean if they didn't make major shifts in their style from one album to the next. Amazingly, though, they are one of the VERY few bands who can make every single change interesting and at the same time awesome, something they once again acheive with the Anti-Mother. They somehow kept their core the same, while at the same time putting out four very different records. The album is quite unique, and needless to say will totally rock your face off.
|3||Death Cab For Cutie|
These guys remind me a lot of Anberlin, only significantly more mellow. They consistently put out great albums, that expand and build on each other. They are innovative, yet they are distinctive, and like i mentioned with Anberlin, any change they make is for the better. Transatlanticism is still my personal favorite album from DCFC, but this one came darn close. Contemplative, catchy, and always compelling, Narrow Stairs is one of the few mellow light rock albums that is constantly interesting to listen to, something which cannot be said for it's more successful and popular counterpart, Coldplay's Viva La Vida. Death Cab For Cutie simply owns their genre with Narrow Stairs.
|4||The Classic Crime|
The Silver Cord
This is one of the most honest and most emotional albums i've ever heard. Enough said. The album musically is pretty generic, but for all of the technically brilliant bands out there, you have to have some good ole' fashioned rock n' roll you can just chill out to, and not feel guilty about listening to some Fall Out Boy/My Chemical Romance crap while you do it. The Classic Crime is just such a band, and The Silver Cord is a perfect album for the genre: not a bad song in the bunch.
There are so many bands in Metalcore, it can be very hard to distinguish one from the next. Unearth stands out, however, by simply making killer music. They're one of the few Metalcore bands that have put out a lot of fairly similar albums, and yet have had every single one just as well-received as the last one. How do they do it? It's pretty simple: because every single album is undeniably awesome. The March continues the tradition perfectly, with almost every song being a standout. In a year with the absence of a new As I Lay Dying album, Unearth more than makes up for it with The March.
|6||House of Heroes|
The End Is Not The End
This CD is so unbelievably catchy, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE not to sing along! And everyone, even the most jaded metalheads, needs something infectious like this to sing along to. But there's 2 things that make this disc worlds better than your normal Pop/Rock band... 1: House of Heroes is much more musically diverse and inventive than any other popular Pop/Rock outfit, and 2: the lyrics are MUCH more interesting and a lot deeper than anyone else's in this genre, but at the same time they throw in the fun every now and then for an exciting change. The End Is Not The End is a rockin' rollercoaster ride that left me totally exhilarated, and is a complete surprise, but completely deserving of a top-ten position.
|7|| ||Jon Foreman|
Fall and Winter, Spring and Summer EP's
Now I'm definitely a Rock dude, so something as stripped-down and mellow as these EP's has to be really good to hold my attention. And even though there are 24 songs in this compilation, they did way more than just hold my attention: it totally captivated me. This is some of the most brutally honest music ever created, and as far as i'm concerned, the more honest and passionate music is, the better. Jon also is extremely innovative with his composition, and the different insruments that are used to accent the songs. Individually, his musicianship isn't necessarily brilliant, but it is perfect for what the music is: A stripped-down, southern tinged, emotional acoustic collection. You really feel these songs, like you're actually a part of them. Which is a great feeling.
|8|| ||The Gaslight Anthem|
The '59 Sound
This is the ultimate album to just chill out to. These guys have an awesome Alternative Rock sound, and they really craft that sound well. There is absolutely no filler, and all of the songs are interesting and totally cool. You feel like these guys really took time to develop this album, unlike many others with similar style. Everyone needs a chill album, and this one delivers big-time.
Lost In The Sound Of Separation
Underoath has been very possibly the most popular Hardcore/Screamo band in the country the past few years, and have managed to not sell out as far as their sound yet. Instead, they have only expanded and enhanced it. Lost In The Sound Of Separation continues that direction, with the brutal breakdowns they are famous for complimented by some of the most melodic and softer material they've don thus far. This album doesn't quite live up to Define The Great Line admittedly, but that record is so epic that the fact that this even comes close warrants a top-ten album position. Some of the most innovative music in the Hardcore/Screamo genre.
This was a band i just kind of stumbled upon one day, and boy am i glad i did. This album is a great mix of acoustic and electric elements driving most of the songs, but they incorporate several other instruments to make their songs unique and totally cool. Every song is so good, you can't help but like them immensely. The vocals also are really cool - they are deep, raw, and masculine, unlike most popular bands today trying too hard to make soaring, melodic vocals. Starflyer simply embraces what they are and what they do, and they do it extremely well. To me, they are one of the best indie groups out there.
|lol at 2.|
|2 and 5 aren't very good.|
|too much jesus|
|haha i can see my list has been well received so far. have you considered that maybe you guys just have a bad taste in music? |
and what are you talking about, soundless? i don't listen to any bands for "jesus" - i listen for good music. read my descriptions...do i even mention religion once?
|I liked it, good descriptions|
|I've only heard 8 (which is excellent) and 3 but your descriptions were very well done.|
|lol at calling underoath hardcore/screamo. learn your genres. just because a band screams doesn't make them screamo|
|No Fortress? ...fail...|
|list is fail.|
|yeah just so people know, i'm not on the Protest The Hero bandwagon. i've heard Fortress, but to me it's way overrated. the guys are good musicians, but the album is completely lacking in emotion. if you compare it with the relatively unpopular new Norma Jean album, NJ may be a different brand of metal, and not quite as technically awesome, you can feel wayyy more emotion in the songs. |
|also, foreverendeared, maybe Underoath is typically referred to as metalcore. i don't know and i don't really care. if you want to be a genre Nazi, you can go right ahead. |
|8 and 9 are awesome, 2 is pretty good as well.|
|great list. 1,6, & 8 are just fantastic.|
|Fortress may be overrated, but it is EASILY better than The Anti Mother.|
|It's an okay list I guess but try to expand behind Solid State bands, but I was in the same rutt before as well, so whatever.|
|yeah actually i've grown quite a bit musically since this list...it would look a lot different if i did it now. |
Steve: Fortress has grown on me, it would prolly replace The Anti-Mother now. Though the said NJ album is still a lot better than the haters here claim.
Brandon: well only 2 albums on here are Solid State, and the Underoath one was on most people's lists.