Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Top Albums of 2008

My top 10 favorite albums of 2008:

10) Crystal Castles

by Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles' debut album is a poppy glitch of crazy fun with emphasis on the craaaAazzZyy!

9) Relativity

by Emarosa
"Tailored sheeeets!" This powerful opening line will be stuck in your head for weeks. Dance Gavin Dance's former front man, Jonny Craig, joins up with the remnants of fellow Rise Records metalcore band, Emarosa. If you're a fan of Circa Survive's music, and a voice that will make you develop a man crush (no homo), then this album is for you.

8) Year of the Gentleman

by Ne-Yo
If you weren't shakin' your booty to "Closer," then you probably never hit up da clubs. The R&B songwriter makes a record you will never get "so sick" of listening to. Yeah, yeah, Usher, your time is up!

7) Fortress

by Protest the Hero
Not a big metal fan? You are now! Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Metalcore, everything METAL can get along and bash each others face in to Fortess. Just don't forget to slow down for the classical piano ballads.

6) Feed the Animals

by Girl Talk
This is more like 87 billion artists in one hyperactive package. Proceed with caution after you insert this masterfully mixed disc. You may turn into an animal.

5) A History of Violence

by Jedi Mind Tricks
Hands down the greatest rappers alive! Suck a dick, Lil Wayne, cuz Jedi is A Milli-on timez betta den yo bitch a$$! C 'em on da mic!

4) með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

by Sigur Rós
What's that? You can't understand Icelandic? Well, you won't give a hoot what they're saying, because these four visual artists can even lull insomniacs to sleep. Upbeat and rhythmically challenging in the beginning, this record eventually slows down to accompany you and your loved one for some major snuggling. If you're a painter, put this baby on loop!

3) Sky Eats Airplane

by Sky Eats Airplane
Electro-metalcore-pop. It's all been done before, but never quite like this. These music theory majors will have your head-banging cranium more confused than when taking a multi-variable calculus exam. Chromatic melodies escape from the typical 3rd and 5th harmonies, and venture to all kinds of eerie yet beautiful chords. Listeners be warned: you may want to break the Commandments while listening to this record.

2) Drunk Like Bible Times

by Dear & the Headlights
Road trip anyone?! Pop this indie-folk-rock album in and drive to the farthest possible destination. The sophomore album of Arizona-based DATH will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying. Make sure you have memorized those catchy and whimsical lyrics, because you will never run into more polysyllabic lines then when you're Drunk Like Bible Times!

1) The Alchemy Index: Vols. III and IV - Air & Earth

by Thrice
Overwhelming. If you were listening to this post-hardcore rock band back in 2003, you never would have believed that they could create something so diverse. This quartet from Orange County, CA, self-produced and recorded four EP's to construct their concept album, The Alchemy Index. This year, the remaining two EP's were released, each based on one of the elements: Air has an ambient and downy feel, while Earth displays the musicians' folk style. Air & Earth both contain six tracks - relating to their element - including final tracks written in the form of sonnets. When combined with The Alchemy Index: Vols. I and II - Fire & Water 2007's release, Thrice can easily be considered one of the most versatile and experimental bands to date.

This list is solely based on my opinions and musical taste. I'm curious, what are your favorite albums of 2008?


Anonymous said...

No 'Avalon?'

Alex McCurdy said...

to be honest, i don't like that album front to back. some tracks are really good, but a lot of the re-done ones are kinda sub-par. i love Anthony Green to death, but 'Avalon' was not my favorite of his material.

jessica said...

great choices,
i agree with your last cmmt.
i love parts of avalon, but i liked the raw versions of a lot of his older songs, although colin did make a pretty good remix of some songs
which made it better :)

Anonymous said...

check out Pacewon & Mr. Green - The Only Color That Matters is came out earlier this year and is one of my favorites. Classic hip are nice, and you cant fuck with Pacewon.. he's got the serious, funny, witty lyrics with a nice flow to back it. You'd probably like it if you havnt heard it yet.

Gypsy said...

i'm downloading all dis right now. haha, can you believe I don't have a single one of your Top Albums? Shame.

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