Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bunklelife - Top Albums 2008

Too many posts about crafts, cats, and here goes my round up of the best from last year. "Best" is a bit of a joke - I'm not sure I've listened to enough to rank what is "best". But this is what I've enjoyed listening to for the last few months.... (DRUM ROLL)

In no particular order:

1. The Dodos - Visiter: (And not only because the band decided to put my bro's stealth video as the only live footage link on their website). Fingerpicking, strumming, percussive good times. A step up from their first album, and their first was good enough...

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!: OK, I admit I'm a sucker for Nick Cave - he falls into the rarified ranks of Creative Godliness that I reserve for very few. Great album that carries some of the rawness from last year's alter ego, Grinderman.

3. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago: The winter cabin story of this album is well known, and you can hear the isolation. Loneliness has never sounded so sweet. Best track: The Wolves Act I & II

4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes: Ya, me and everyone else. I hate to be part of the club, and at first I was fighting their sweet harmonies, but reluctantly I am. Such sophisticated stuff from such a young band.

5. Blitzen Trapper - Furr: I liked Wild Mountain Nation a lot, but there is a real consistency and (I hate this word but...) maturity to Furr. Fantastic title track too.

6. Department of Eagles - In Ear Park:
Lush, wandering gorgeousness...

7. Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows:
Yes, the lead singer sounds a bit like Scrooge McDuck, but that's part of their charm. Great album, GREAT live band.

8. Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow & Blue:
Too damn catchy for their own good. One of my favorite "sing along badly in the car" albums.

9. Beck - Modern Guilt:
Trippy guitars, great vocals and some of Beck's better lyrics to boot.

10. TBA - there's bound to be something fantastic that hasn't crossed my path yet....

Another year gone....


Dominic Bugatto said...

Yeah that Nick Cave album was killer , so was the accompanying tour . Did he ever play Vancouver ?

The show in T.O. was brilliant.

BunkleLife said...

*sigh* ... way to rub it in Dom...NO, they didn't make it to Vancouver. Glad you went though!! (lucky b@stard ;)