Albums of 2008

…or at least those according to Phil Seaman
10/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazerus Dig!!!
Continuing in the same vein as Grinderman, this album continues Nick Cave’s recent success with an uptempo, aggressive stomp through the American post-grunge wilderness
9/British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Poor sales figures could not distract critics from loving the latest album from British Sea Power, daring to walk the line between string-laced pomp and melodic introspection with more than a passing reference to Arcade Fire
8/TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Funky, dancable and yet highly listenable whilst chilling out, Dear Science has a depth that is often lacking in full length dance albums as a result of great songwriting and passionate performances
7/Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Thrust from the States with more than a little help from African music, basic melodies and simple instrumentation is the basis for one of the few highly original indie albums released this year

6/Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
Always a talking point, the new Oasis album managed to draw from old influences but throw something new into the mix. The variety and quality of the songwriting made the album , and also its accompanying bonus disk one of the years most instantly enjoyable disks
5/Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke, from New Zealand, released one of the catchiest electro-pop albums of the year, refreshingly relient on old school hooks and catchy choruses whilst not veering onto the cheesey side
4/The Muslims – The Muslims
Sounding like a poppy, slightly happy Joy Division and with a vaguely amusing name to boot (which they have since bizarrely changed), The Muslims released a short, sweet LP with hints of punk and post-punk
3/The Kills – Midnight Boom
Reinforcing the blusey elements of previous releases with pop hooks and a new indie-dance strategy proved to be a great success for The Kills, whose short, blunt songs from the past are embelished and turned into somethhing verging on special
2/Beck – Modern Guilt
Working with Danger Mouse, Beck released his most accessable but most intreguing album of the decade, blurring dusty samples with infectious melodies, Beck burst back after a number of lametable releases

1/ Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Beautiful soft acoustic pop-folk with a hint of menace saw Bon Iver’s forsetto wearily work its way through textures that defy the fact that it was recorded on basic equipment, Bon Iver released a complete classic

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Times New Viking – Rip It Off
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Late Of The Pier  -Fantasy Black Channel
Shugo Tokumaru – Exit
Most Overrated Albums:
5/Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

4/Ryan Adams – Cardinology
3/Guns n Roses – Chinese Democracy
2/Glasvegas – Glasvegas
1/Adele -19


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