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    Sunday, July 13, 2008

    Best of 2008 to July

    3 Five star bonafide truly great albums destined to be regarded as absolute classics by a lot of folk in the years to come

    Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
    Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
    Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago

    7 flirting with future classic status

    Elbow, the Seldom Seen Kid
    The Jimmy Cake, Spectre & Crown
    Sigur Rós : Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
    Portishead, Third
    Jape, Ritual
    Erykah Badu, New Amerykah, Pt 1: 4th World War

    5 consistently excellent albums

    Lykke Li, Youth Novels
    Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig Lazarus! Dig!
    Laura Marling, Alas I Cannot Swim
    Martha Wainwright, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too

    2 Quality albums

    Cat Power, Jukebox
    The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely

    7 intermittently excellent efforts

    Santogold, Santogold
    Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair
    Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
    Beck, Modern Guilt
    The Dodos, Visiter
    Gemma Hayes, The Hollow of the Morning
    My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges

    7 good, solid but not amazing albums

    Coldplay, Viva La Vida
    R.E.M., Accelerate
    Foals, Antidotes
    The Breeders, Mountain Battles
    Tapes’n’Tapes, Walk it Off
    The Roots, Rising Down,
    Vetiver, A Thing of the Past


    Ronan said...

    Laura Marling: oh so good.
    Bon Iver: Amazing
    Raconteurs: 'Carolina Drama' is the song of the year.

    Great picks here Alan.

    Alan Whelan said...

    hi ronan, yup was delighted to see Marling added to the Electric Picnic line up the other week. Add that to getting my hands on tickets for Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver today, the gig future is lookin rosy!