I know this is slightly late, but I havent had time to post it since writing it in December!
Albums of 2008
The top ten albums which have been rocking my world in 2008!
10, Foxy Shazam – Introducing…
Foxy Shazam manage something remarkable in 2008, and thats they managed to sound like absolutly nobody else around. Mad piano bashing, fuzzed up guitars packed with energy, a crazy vocalist who pours fiest and desire into each idiotic srewball lyric. Yet despite their eclectic arrangements they make some cracking tunes all packed into this short but super album. Top Tracks: Dangerous Man, The Rocketeer & It’s Hair Smelled like Bonfire…
9, The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
After a promising hit and miss debut, White and Benson hit all the right notes on their sophomore lp. Their mix of brandon’s pop sensibilities matched with jacks gift for crafting stunning blues riffs make for a cracking album. The range of influences is huge producing superb rocking licks, dreamy blues & folk storys all with the greatest ease. Another album at this standard and The White Stripes may be on the back burner for a little while longer. Top Tracks: Salute Your Solution, Consolers of the Lonely & Carolina Drama
8, Black Tide – Light from Above
Here we have a stonkingly great traditional heavy metal album, which to put it bluntly. Rocks your face off! Huge guitars wailing solo’s filled with blisteringly fast riffs backed with a string vocalist adds the final touches of accessibility to create a collection of metal masterpieces. Wanna Rock??? Look no further the Black Tide. Top Tracks: Warriors of Time, Shockwave & Hit The Lights
7, The Gaslight Anthem – The 59′ Sound
Here is a band ive been championing for quite some time! I love these guys after releasing their debut Sink or Swim and this album picks up where the last left off. Full of punk energy, springsteen ideology, farytale storytelling, rough vocals and love for rock and roll. I love these guys and this album is another reason why you should too. Top Tracks: Great Expectations, Here’s Look At You Kid, Old Lincoln
6, Flight of the Conchords – S/T
Ive been kept laughing all year with this comedy album from this mock new zealand band. Songs were taken from their hit tv comedy of the same title, which is also hilarious! The sharp snappy lines are combined with the thing which is missing from so many comedy bands…good music! They create a huge range of fun hip hop, sweet melancholic acoustics and funky electros. Top track: The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room, Business Time & Bowie.
5, Airbourne – Running Wild
If you want a good old fashioned romp of a rock and roll record, Running Wild is your answer. AcDc Rock-a-likes have outdone their idols in 2008 and wrote, by far, the most catchy ball to the wall traditional hard rock, sex drugs and rifftastic record of the year. Innovative? …no! Great? …you bet your ass! These guys live show is a riot too!! Top Tracks: Running Wild, Stand Up For Rock and Roll & Blackjack
4, Motion City Soundtrack – Acoustic EP
I know its only 5 songs long but the quality of the songs on this album is amazing. Focusing on their lyrical content of zany lines brings to the fore what it so great about this band. Beautifully arranged and superbly produced this is acoustics at its finest. Top tracks: Point of Extinction, Broken Heart, Fell in Love Without You
3, Rose Hill Drive – Moon is the New Earth
Hard blues rock plays loud on this super sophomore album from this american trio. Big vocals and Bigger riffs are the driving behind this cracking album. Quality is top notch and they keep pummeling you with superb guitars all lp long. Top Tracks: Sneak Out, The Eighth Wonder, Altar Junkie
2, Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Back after their cracing first album, number 2 picks up where the first left only with a bit more heart poured into it. Despite the soul devted to it, each track rocks your socks off with blazing guitars and flailing solos coming from every angle. Their Deep South influences are here again in abundance but this adds to the appeal and auora. Top Tracks: Things My Father Said, Blind Man, Devil’s Queen
1, Frank Turner – Love, Ire & Song
After seeing Frank perform at dot to dot festival in bristol, there really was only going to be one winner of the crown this year. His passion, love of music, amazingly transparant lyrics and tales of rock and rolling on are each amazing in their own ways. This album has a bundle full of cracking pop tunes, tonnes of witty lyrics and so many beautiful moments. Songwriting is excellent with his anti-folk style and stripped acoustics. I love this guy and this album should only propel him onto bigger and much better things Top Tracks: Long Live The Queen, Photosynthesis, Reasons To Be An Idiot
The oh so close but yet so fars… Buckcherry – Black Buttefly, Ida Maria – Fortress Around My Heart, Hold Steady – Stay Positive, Enjoy Destroy – S/T, The Mae Shi – HillyH