Saturday, January 10, 2009

Murderer’s Row: 2008 albums that weren’t reviewed in 2008

Here's a compilation of albums I did not review in 2008. Some of the albums I listened to after the brunt of releases, and my Favorites list. Some of the albums were somewhat reviewed, well, those that were on the list. Others I did not feel like reviewing. Expect to see more updates on this list.

Beach House
Devotion ***½
Pretty dream pop from the duo. Could’ve had a little more “umph” to it, as it’s a bit quiet, but still a nice listen.

Boo and Boo Too
No Tempo ***
Half-way decent post punk from the band with the worst name.

The Clash
Live at Shea Stadium ***½
The Clash were the only band that mattered, but some of their best songs come off a bit flat on this record. Still, it’s the Clash, and they were incredible live.

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles ***
Canada’s answer to Justice. Actually more difficult than the hard rock accessibility of Justice. Some songs are just noisy while some give off a good ambient beat.

Cut Copy
In Ghost Colours ****
I remember I saw Cut Copy open for Franz Ferdinand back in 2005. They sucked. Fast forward three years later and they make the smooth In Ghost Colors. Some songs are great dance numbers, while others make for great ambient disco jams.

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes *****
Okay, I just listened to this album, and I’ve been hooked. Hell, I might even changed my No.1 ranking for 2008’s album of the year. Beautiful melodies and the singing is absolutley wonderful. You get the field of Appalachia, and it doesn’t feel hickish but just like art. Highly Recommended.

The Gaslight Anthem
The ‘59 Sound ****

The Hold Steady
Stay Positive ****

Kanye West
808s & Heartbreak **½
You tried Kanye. Sometimes much emotions can produce masterworks. Some other times it comes off awkward as the person dealing with emotion may have trouble understanding oneself and thus comes a mismanaged effort. This isn’t a bad album in the sense of “This is crap”, but a bad album done for a rather noble reason.

The Killers
Day and Age **½

Kings of Leon
Only by the Night **
Glossy and lacking the grit that made the Kings of Leon a favorite of mine, I get the feeling that KOL did this album to finally find success in the states. The only songs I will recommend on this one are “Sex on Fire” and “Manhattan”. The rest is slush.

Los Campesinos
Hold on Now, Youngster **** We are Beautiful, We are Damned ****

Saturdays =Youth ****
Like Kraftwerk making a baby with My Bloody Valentine. Great tunes all around, and easy to get into. “Kim & Jessie” is a fine song, and so is the eight-minute nu-gaze jam “Coloeurs”.

My Morning Jacket
Evil Urges **½
The first four song are great, but as the album progresses, you lose interest, and until “Scream Pt.2”, you don’t really want to slave through the album again, only going through the first four songs.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! ****

Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping ***
An album that manages to both not work yet be very fun at the same time. The songs work better by themselves, or if there is a break in between songs. As one big rock-opera-esque epic rave, it gets on your nerve a bit. Like The Beatles set to dance music.

Okkervil River
The Stand-Ins ***½

Sigur Ros
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust ****

The Standard
Swimmer **½
The Portland band makes an album full of alt-rock clichés. Some songs have nice melodies, but are brought down by generic lyrics.

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend ****½

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