2008 was an interesting year for me, musically speaking. I found myself at the beginning of the year catching up with albums I missed out on from previous years. The likes of which included Justice's Cross, LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver, and Jim Noir's Tower of Love. It was also a year where I spent more time scrounging around mp3 blogs, resulting in my iPod filling up with singles and tracks instead of albums. So, I found myself in the past couple of weeks struggling to come up with a solid Top 10 list of albums—specifically having difficulty filling the #10 slot. The two major disappointments of the year for me have been Of Montreal's Skeletal Lamping and Kanye West's 808's and Heartbreaks. The later is growing on me a bit as of late, but I still don't think it deserves a spot in an official Top 10. Even stranger, Los Campesinos!, which you will soon find is easily my favorite act of the year, released a second album only months ago, We Are Beautiful, We are Doomed...which I find nearly as impressive as their debut album. I don't know the official rules of Top 10 lists (venturing into obnoxious territory here), but I'm pretty sure it would be weird to put two albums by the same artist in one list.
ANYWAY, all that rambling is just a big excuse for what I'm calling a Top 9 list of albums. To fill in the gap of the missing #10 slot, I've decided to drop a bunch of songs on you as well. I'm not doing a write-up this year on each album, but consider it safe that I heartily recommend all this music for anyone who is looking for a change of pace.
TOP 9 Album Picks:
1. Los Campesinos!: Hold On Now, Youngster 2. Marnie Stern: This Is It... 3. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend 4. Born Ruffians: Red, Yellow, and Blue 5. The Dodos: Visiter 6. High Places: 03/07 - 09/07 7. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes 8. TV on the Radio: Dear Science 9. Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
and a smattering of other great tracks and singles from the year:
"Single Ladies" - Beyoncé "No One Does It Like You" - In Ear Park "Toe Jam (Featuring David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal)" - The BPA "Knickerbocker" - Fujiya & Miyagi "Walking On A Dream" - Empire of the Sun "Cranes And Cranes And Cranes and Cranes" - Johnny Foreigner "In the New Year" - The Walkmen "Little Bit" - Lykke Li "5 Years Time" - Noah and The Whale "Jitterkadie" - Death Vessel "Arrows of Eros" - Golden Silvers "RR vs D" - Au "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" - She & Him "Bruises" - Chairlift "With Handclaps" - Y'all is Fantasy Island "Machine In The Ghost" - The Faint
Feel free to leave comments (ideally, with your own best of lists!)