Friday, January 23, 2009
Top 21 Albums of 2008
21. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
The quick follow up to 2007's Wild Mountain Nation, it may not surpass the quality of that record, but the band continue to write great quirky folk-rock songs.
Key Tracks - Gold For Bread, God & Suicide, Fire & Fast Bullets
20. Mogwai - Hawk is Howling
This album took awhile to sink in, but once it does, it is one fantastic record.
Key Tracks - Batcat, I'm Jim Morrison I'm Dead, Scotland's Shame
19. Thomas Function - Celebration
Whimsical rock record from a band that wear their influences upon their sleeves with plenty of hooks and plenty to get excited about, hopefully they get more noticed this year.
Key Tracks - Relentless Machines, 2012 Blues, Conspriacy of Praise
18. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
These dudes released an e.p early 08, showing alot of promise before releasing this bombshell. Call it the what, 4th? 5th? coming of Jesus and Mary chain, it doesnt matter - this is a fine collection of distortion filled pop tracks.
Key Tracks - Dazzled, SinKing, Departure
17. Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
I never really got into their first record, but they seemed to have \ found a fair bit of success. I almost never checked out this record, but I thought why not. This time around vocalist Nathan Willett weilds a real Rufus Wainwright like vocal performance with some really great piano playing creating some really fine songs.
Key Tracks - Every Valley is Not a Lake, Golden Gate Jumpers, Against Privacy
16. Earlimart - Hymn and Her
These guys keep on keeping on in similar fashion, writing tremendous sweet pop songs. Yes, so what if Aaron Espinoza sounds like the late Elliott Smith, that's probably why I adore it so much.
Key Tracks - Cigarettes and Kerosene, Teeth, Song For