|The Best Top 11 Of '08|
'08 sucked as a year, but ruled as a year in music. I guess that's like '68, though. Here's to the albums that will rule during WWIII
For Emma, Forever Ago
True indie album taken to the fullest extent (serious social exclusion) with a fine taste for instrumentation.
|2||Have a Nice Life|
Home recordings show where we are in the digital age: on the crest of a permanent DIY takeover. This album also totes song of the year: bloodhail.
A complete piece of art and unbelievably conscious of the present demands for a critically-hailed album. Only downfall is their inability to make their presentation as rewarding as their ideas.
Pushes the envelope for artistic and musical sensibilities.
Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
One man, 31 tracks, and more inspiration than most professional soundtracks. Needless to say, I hope Benn Jordan never loses his perseverance with new bipolar meds.
|6||TV on the radio|
A glimpse into culture via content, though their sound stands almost irrelevant, this endeavor alone is a true annual success story.
Folkiness and experimental decisions with passion galore. It's a bittersweet year when this isn't in the top 3.
Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Foreign influences and mass ambiance allowed such a tender touch that only Beach House gets close to recognizing. This album, as a whole, is a giant quilt of feelings as enveloping but more intimate than Untrue.
Feed The Animals
There's mainstream and there's underground, but their are fresh springs that spit from the bottom to the top. Feed the Animals didn't do that; Night Ripper has that honor. FTA completely celebrates and outdoes itself (ie lalapalooza)
|10|| ||United Nations/Cynic|
United Nations/Traced In Air
'Fuck you' brand punk attitude with a fresh look at many interesting assumed ideas when it comes to making a band, cutting an album, and, hell, even naming songs////////Rebirth of a complete metal album. Really this would be much higher in almost any other year.
Pop princes of '08 with a handful of selling points besides their delicious pop. Don't fill up on their context when the production is this crisp; the only element that may make VW turn into "vampire who" within 18 months. In other news, The Killers still make music.