Experimental Music Love

December 24, 2008

Top 10 Albums of the Year

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 12:32 am
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We’ve had the singles, now here’s the albums.  10 of them.  And all very good.  Though the top 7 of last year’s excellent 2007 list would have probably all come first this year if such time limitations were ignored or distorted.  2007 was bloody good.  Worth an honourable mention, though not included, are the albums from Shearwater, Sonny J, Portishead, The Black Angels, Frightened Rabbit and Port O’Brien.  All lovely, but not quite enough.  Too much phlegm probably.


10. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
bon iver cover 5Each song so delicate and perfect.  And a voice of drastic dimension and sorrow.  Played it in hope, in dread, in submission.  Choice Cut – Flume

9. The Accidental – There Were Wolves
accidentAn album of rare, stunning, sombre beauty that saw folk music and made it magical.  Choice Cut – Wolves

8. The Bug – London Zoo
the-bugBurial got the plaudits, The Bug got the talent.  Sparkling dubstep/hip-hop/whatever.  Choice Cut – Poison Dart

7. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
More than a Jesus and Mary Chain clone, Glasvegas were passionate and profound with epic rock and roll and dour Scots sentiment.  Choice Cut – Flowers and Football Tops

6. M83 – Saturdays=Youth
m83Sprawled all over my speakers this year.  A cohesive, shoegazey wonder.  Choice Cut – Kim and Jessie

5. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
elbowAsleep in the Back is still their masterpiece, but this reacquainted us all with Britain’s greatest this decade.  Choice Cut – The Bones of You

4. The Maybes – Promise
maybesFinally, the follow-up to The La’s we all so very much wanted.  Even if Lee Mavers had nothing to do with it.  Choice Cut – Talk About You

3. The Dawn Chorus – The Big Adventure
dctbaMaths teachers proved they can sing rock and roll folk blues with the best of them.  The most undervalued album of the year by far.  Choice Cut – The Last Day of April

2. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
tvotrThey had to be on here somewhere, and here they are.  Not quite tip-top, but still toe-tappity tipping.  Their best work yet.  And they’ve done some good work.  Especially in maths class.  As and everything.  Choice Cut – DLZ

1. Robert Forster – The Evangelist
robertMade in the wake of fellow former Go-Between, Grant McLennan’s death, this was an album of heartbreak and triumph.  As touching as it is resounding, The Evangelist converted all lucky to listen.  Choice Cut – Let Your Light In, Babe


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