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Nick’s Top 10 of 2008

December 11, 2008


So after much thought, editing, deleting and remembering here are my top 10 albums of 2008, presented in order.


10. Rue Royale – Rue Royale
This album just has such a pleasant vibe. You could maybe describe it as adult contemporary but look further past the dark chords and boy girl harmonies and you discover some lyrically fantastic folk songs. I didn’t expect this to make my top 10 but when making my list I realised just how much better this is then so many people trying the same thing.


9. My Disco – Paradise
Minimalist, abrasive and strangely accessible, this is one album I did not expect to like this year. There is such precision and harshness contained in these songs that seemingly don’t have a lot going on until multiple listens. My Disco made an album of repetition and also hooks but most importantly their energy and talent shines through on every track.


8. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
Probably one of the most fun albums of the year. Master of mash-ups and generally master of making people dance, Mr Girl Talk returned with an album of all your favourite songs combined into one huge party (and he gave it away for free too!). You don’t even have to like or know the all songs used here to enjoy it as it’s that sense of nostalgia, fun and happiness that drives this album.


7. The Drones – Havilah
Sadly The Drones got a bit smoother on this album but also the a lot more consistent. This is their most thought out album with buzzing guitars, angry lyrics that might leave the listener almost offended and of course the full fury of The Drones behind every song; at times they are restrained such as on “Cold and Sober” but they still know how to melt faces with songs like “The Minotaur” and “I Am The Supercargo”. A fantastic well rounded album.


6. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robertson – Self Titled
“Buriedfed” is one of the best songs of the year and maybe one of my favourite songs ever. I don’t think the rest of the album can match it but well that doesn’t really mean shit as this is still a fantasic album. Fuzzed out folk rock tracks coupled with Robertson’s clever lyrics and slightly wonky double tracked vocals are on offer and there is hardly a misstep. Ranging from heavy to soft occasionally mid song this is a fine album indeed.


5. Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
To be honest I don’t like everything on Skeletal Lamping but I think that is what makes it so great. The variety of different styles, switching tempos mid “song” and so many melodies in so few minutes it can be overwhelming. Kevin backs himself with twee harmonies or shrieking and this album features some of my favourite lyrics by him in particular on “Women’s Studies Victims”. I love the variety, I love the hooks and on the whole this is a grand successful experiment.


4. The Tallest Man on Earth – Shallow Grave
Sometimes simplicity is stunning. The production sounds live and energetic, the guitar playing is fantastic and the nature driven lyrics are sung by a very talented singer. It sounds like summer and just lazing about doing nothing but it’s also deeper and a lot more than the sum of its parts. It shows me that talented song writers don’t need more then themselves to be successful and this is a very special folk album.


3. Why? – Alopecia
I still don’t quite understand what trip hop is but apparently Why? are it. Indie rock instrumentation combined with a hip hop flow but with lyrics that most rappers would be too shy to perform. Coming off like a personal diary although by someone who clearly as a way with words Alopecia, only gets stronger and stronger on each listen. You pick up parts you miss, you smile at clever one liners and you connect with lyrics that you didn’t think you would. The production is so clean but so so good and this is one of the best sounding albums I have ever heard. Love it.


2. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Rock and Roll is good eh? The Hold Steady are so good at what they do musically you might not notice who fucking good the lyrics are. The title track with its scene commentary but ultimately positive message, to “One For The Cutters”, where Finn weaves the story of a murder and the futility of the American legal system. It’s all interesting stuff not to mention the sexy guitar solos and riffs, coupled with crashing drums and groovy keys. This is some of their best work and I just can’t wait to see them next year.


1. Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
I don’t think you’re supposed to like this album as much as I do. Everyone keeps saying how much better Wolf Parade’s debut is but really I just can’t feel it, At Mount Zoomer just sounds and feels so much better. Indie rock sensibilities are infused with elements of psychedelic rock and at times prog (see the over 10 minute closing track) but it always remains catchy due to the fantastic duelling vocalists and solid song writing. At times there are moments of lyrical brilliance and this is an album that took me by surprise but I’m glad it did as it rules.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Alexandra permalink
    December 16, 2008 5:08 am

    Woohooo! We have two albums matching, we are awesome.

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