Saturday, 13 December 2008

Best Albums of 2008

Plenty of places are starting to spit out their top album lists for 2008. Some are, obviously, more interesting than others. This thread on Mess And Noise lists quite a few recent lists and Spin, Rolling Stone and NME have theirs online now, with the first two naming TV On The Radio's Dear Science as their number one pick for the year. It comes in at number 4 on the Metacritic list of highest scoring albums, but is nowhere to be seen on the only list worth paying attention to: my own.

This year, for the first time, I used my last.fm profile to see which artists I had been listening to the most and kept this in mind when compiling my own top ten for the annual Mess and Noise poll. Here they be:

01 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes / Sun Giant EP (both this year)
02 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
03 Blitzen Trapper - Furr
04 Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era cont.
05 Sun Kil Moon - April
06 Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave
07 Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours
08 The Drones - Havilah
09 M83 - Saturdays = youth
10 Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

There were plenty more albums that could have gone in - MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Mystery Jets, Grand Salvo, Friendly Fires, Yeasayer, The Ruby Suns, Department of Eagles. It was a tough pick. In terms of Australian music I only managed to slip three in (The Drones, Cut Copy and ECSR), which felt about right considering how much new Australian music i had bought or heard this year.

A Reminder blog have posted a good overview of 2008's Australian and NZ releases and artists. And we should see results from Pitchfork's critics soon, which is always interesting or slightly controversial (in a snobby, hipster way). Their 2008 readers poll is in though and guess what? TV On The Radio tops that too! hmm. Fleet Foxes get quite high up though and i share three of the readers top 5.

Gorilla Vs Bear also weigh in with their Top Albums of 2008 with White Denim taking top spot, and finally NPR's All Songs Considered is reviewing the year this week too. You can listen to the program and their pick of songs online now.

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