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  • my top 50 albums

    10. Dez. 2008, 17:36

    yomanhiphopper's top 50 albums (overall):
    1. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (538)


    2. The Arcade Fire - Funeral (507)


    3. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (468)


    4. Patrick Wolf - Lycanthropy (459)


    5. Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires (449)


    6. The Knife - Deep Cuts (406)


    7. The Killers - Sam's Town (381)


    8. The Knife - Silent Shout (327)


    9. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs (323)


    10. The Killers - Hot Fuss (318)


    11. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (299)


    12. Animal Collective - Feels (293)


    13. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (285)


    14. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (271)


    15. Band of Horses - Everything All the Time (264)


    16. Figurines - Skeleton (245)


    17. Radiohead - Amnesiac (242)


    18. The Bravery - The Bravery (233)


    18. Figurines - Shake a Mountain (233)


    20. Joy Division - Still (227)


    21. Radiohead - The Bends (225)


    22. Radiohead - In Rainbows (221)


    23. Deerhunter - Microcastle (220)


    24. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (216)


    24. Efterklang - Parades (216)


    26. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World (213)


    26. James Horner - Braveheart (213)


    28. Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake (204)


    29. Efterklang - Tripper (203)


    30. Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel (202)


    31. The New Year - Newness Ends (201)


    31. Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn (201)


    31. Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth (201)


    34. Mew - Frengers (198)


    35. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (196)


    36. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (194)


    36. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (194)


    36. The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows (194)


    39. Interpol - Antics (192)


    40. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations (191)


    41. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (190)


    41. Deerhunter - Weird Era Continued (190)


    41. Radiohead - Kid A (190)


    41. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Assassination of Jesse James (190)


    45. Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites (187)


    45. The Killers - Sawdust (187)


    47. Figurines - When the Deer Wore Blue (186)


    48. Radiohead - OK Computer (184)


    48. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (184)


    50. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (183)


    generated 25.08.2009

  • Best of 2008

    3. Dez. 2008, 19:17

    10.

    The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath

    This record is nuts! with influences from progressive rock, jazz, latino, heavy metal and hardcore it has certainly got an original sound. Overall it's a solid and great record. however, there are some low points as well, which basically landed it its spot at number 10.

    Best tracks: Ilyena, Ouroboros.


    9.

    Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

    This is a solid record. There is not a single bad song on it. The clear high points are Lost Coastlines and Pop Lie. The only problem is that these two songs are the only ones who grab me as much as the songs from say Black Sheep Boy or Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See. I like Okkervil River a lot, the only negative thing about them is that to me, some of their songs really sound alike and this album unfortunately manifests that. So all in all a great album but sometimes it sounds like Will Scheff is saving fuel. This is my least favorite Okkervil record. but it's good enough to earn a spot at number 9.

    Best tracks: Lost Coastlines, Pop Lie.


    8.

    Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

    Ah Sigur Rós, back with the same startling show of talent as usual. This record is quite different from their previous efforts. Most of the songs here have a tempo and are downright poppy. The opener Gobbledigook is a prefect example of this and one of the high points of the album. The fact that it sounds hauntingly like something Animal Collective would record doesn't stop it. Other high points include: Við spilum endalaust, Festival and Suð í eyrum. This is another great record by Sigur Rós and also a refreshing surprise considering their previous records.

    Best tracks: Gobbledigook, Við spilum endalaust.


    7.

    M83 - Saturdays=Youth

    This was the first record I ever heard by French electronic shoegrazer Anthony Gonzales. One of the main reasons why I like this record is the fact that I love the 80s, sure I wasn't there to see it happen but I love all the movies, the music and the feel. This albums sort of sounds like the soundtrack to an 80s teenage movie, and I like that. The first 5 songs are all perfect, then comes the much hated (not hated by me but I certainly dislike it) Up! this is also the only negative thing about this album. after Up! follows a steam of good electronic tunes and by the time the 11 minute closer ends you've forgotten that little annoyance in the middle. A fine album!

    Best tracks: Skin Of The Night, We Own The Sky.


    6.

    Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

    I had a really hard time getting into their debut, Apologies to Queen Mary. Everyone praised this albums so heavily and I just didn't get it. After listening to it some more I started to enjoy it and it's now familiar and liked by me. From what I read Mount Zoomer was an inferior album and a bad follow up to their debut. But when I actually sat down and listened to it I loved it right from the start. This album is just fantastic! it has so many great songs like California Dreamer, Call it a Ritual, Soldier's Grin, Kissing the Beehive, The Grey Estates and Fine Young Cannibals. Heck I could almost name the entire album there and the remaining songs are certainly not bad, they're just not as awesome as those six. This is a fantastic record and I'm gonna listen to it a lot more in the future!

    Best tracks: California Dreamer, Soldier's Grin.


    5.

    Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing

    Best debut this year after Fleet Foxes. I love this record, I just can't seem to sit still while listening to it! Okay, Let's Talk About Magic is the best example of this. My current favorite on the record is Bright Tomorrow. This song, like all of the others except for maybe Ribs Out (which is awesome anyway) has a haunting melody, thats also my favorite thing about this record, the beautiful melodies that are sided with the harsh noise, that contrast is very interesting.

    Best tracks: Bright Tomorrow, Okey Let's Talk About Magic.


    4.

    The Killers - Day and Age

    Needless to say (if you've seen my charts) this was the most anticipated record of the year for me. The stuff I read about it prior to it's release suggested that The Killers had returned to the electronic style of their debut Hot Fuss. This is almost true, this record is certainly electronic yet it doesn't sound like Hot Fuss. It's sounds like if Hot Fuss and Sam's Town had a baby. Well it's another great record by one of my favorite bands! many high points on this one such as Losing Touch, human, A Dustland Fairytale, I Can't Stay, The Wold we Live in and Goodnight, Travel Well. The last being my favorite song on the record. So if you can put aside your prejudice towards mainstream music you should give this record a try, it's awesome all the way through.

    Best tracks: Good Night Travel Well, I Can't Stay.


    3.

    The Walkmen - You and Me

    What drew me in about this record was the great hooks and many good tunes. What kept me interested was the atmosphere. The first three songs really set the tone for the rest of the record, they create this beautiful atmosphere which makes the record even better. Even though this is not as good as Bows + Arrows it's still another really really great album from The Walkmen, the single In The New Year will rock your socks off!

    Best tracks: On The Water, In The New Year.



    2.

    Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

    I actually started listening to these guys before this album came out. I had seen a documentary film about the Seattle music scene and I was intrigued by the short time it spent on Fleet Foxes. Initially neither the EP's or the debut appealed to me, I just didn't get it. But then, after leaving it for something like 6 months, I heard the record again, and now I love it! This is one of those records that doesn't have a single bad song on it. It has awesome songs all the way through and it creates a very cozy and pleasant atmosphere. If you haven't heard it yet the time is long overdue for a listen!


    Best tracks: Ragged Wood, He doesn't Know Why.


    1.

    Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

    Initially this landed pretty far down on my list. Up until 3 weeks ago I didn't change my mind. I thought that it was a pretty good record with some great songs on it but nothing more. It wasn't until I lay on the sofa and listened to this on surround that I fully got it. There are no fillers on this album, just growers. The whole dynamic of this record is what makes it great. Even though individual songs might be great too, listening to the record in its whole is just a whole different thing. I'm glad I bought this record and I will probably listen to it all my life!

    Bets tracks: Nothing Ever Happened, Little Kids.


    Best EP:

    Animal Collective - WaterCurses

    Their best EP yet, and that's saying something with People and Prospect Hummer in their back catalog. It starts with the Title track and right away I'm stunned! This song is among the best they ever made! After the fantastic opener comes the ballady Street Flash, this song is even better and my clear favorite on the EP. I would without a shed of doubt place it among my five top Animal Collective songs ever. These first two songs are the best, but the remaining Cobwebs and Seal Eyeing are fantastic as well! What's striking about this EP is that it sounds like they had so much fun writing and recording it and that really makes the songs shine. Pick it up if you haven't already!

    Best tracks: Street Flash, Water Curses