Top 100 Records of 2008 & the year in review

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What a strangely fascinating year in music 2008 has been…


While the big-hitters (Coldplay, Oasis and their ilk) released hugely successful records there seemed to be more than a passing indifference towards mainstream rock than ever before, particularly towards British artists.
Indeed 2008 was the year the final nail was driven home in the coffin of post-Libertines indie-drivel (surely there was no greater indifference to the ‘news‘ that greeted Dirty Pretty Things’ demise).
Instead the shift turned stateside with a clutch of new acts (Vampire Weekend, MGMT etc) garnering such critical acclaim they quickly became omniscient; conquoring festivals, sales charts and the critics lists alike. Nowhere was hotter in ’08 than Brooklyn spewing forth first-rate innovation like some kind of magical musical conveyor belt. Yeasayer, Bear In Heaven, Gang Gang Dance and the aforementioned MGMT and Vampire Weekend to name but a few.
Closer to home the eyes of the world were trained to Liverpool when MTV’s EMA’s crashed landed in November, but the Capital of Culure’s genuine highs were the preceding Liverpool Music Week and the even better Sound City as hundreds of new artists graced the City for a week of incredible live music.
On record, where both The Zutons and The Coral failed to match previous glories, it was left to The Maybes? and Eugene McGuinness to produce the City’s best offerings on wax, with 2009 promising much-anticipated releases by Wave Machines, Voo, a.P.A.t.T. and Metro Manila Aide.
The bigger picture was dominated primarily by two artists; Wisconsin’s Bon Iver and Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio – two bands at completely differing ends of the spectrum.
The former saw mainman Justin Vernon retreat to a wood cabin in the wilderness and produce a record of haunting simple magnificence while the latter’s is a triumph of genre-straddling innovation mixing rock, funk and soul to unique effect which few could ever match.

100. Be Your Own Pet: Get Awkward
Review

99. Matmos: Supreme Balloon
Review

98. Fujiya & Miyagi: Lightbulbs
Review

97. Brian Jonestown Massacre: My Bloody Underground
Review

96. Cadence Weapon: Afterparty Babies
Review

95. Joan As Police Woman: To Survive
Review

94. The Silver Jews: Look Out Mountain, Look Out Sea
Review

93. David Karsten Daniels: Fear Of Flying
Review

92. The Cool Kids: The Bake Sale
Review

91. High Places: High Places
Review

90. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles
Live Skins review

89. Abe Vigoda: Skeleton
Feature
Live Korova Review

88. The Aliens: Luna
Live Carling Academy Liverpool Review

87. Lupe Fiasco: The Cool
Review

86. Dianogah: Qhnnnl
Review

85. Aidan Moffat: I Can Hear Your Heart
Review

84. El Guincho: Alegranza
Review

83. Bloc Party: Intimacy
Review

82. Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Review

81. Lightspeed Champion: Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
Live Sound City review

80. Glasvegas: Glasvegas
Review

79. Earth: The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull
Review

78. Exceptor: Debt Dept
Review

77. Asva: What You Don’t Know Is Frontier
Review

76. The War On Drugs: Wagonwheel Blues
Review

75. The Welcome Wagon: Welcome to the Welcome Wagon
Review

74. Hercules & The Love Affair: Hercules & The Love Affair
Review

73. The Cave Singers: Invitation Songs
Review

72. Max Richter: 24 Postcards in Full Colour
Review

71. Shearwater: Rook
Review

70. The Dodos: Visiter
Review

69. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
Review

68. Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson & The Red Empire Orchestra
Review
Live at the Carling Academy 2

67. REM: Accelerate
Review

66. Ladyhawk: Shots
Review

65. Black Mountain: The Future
Review

64. Sigur Ros: Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Review

63. Grails: Take Refuge In Clean Living
Review

62. Wooden Shjips: Vol 1
Ben Mawdesley’s face review

61. Spiritualized: Songs In A&E
Review

60. Beck: Modern Guilt
Review

59. High On Fire: Death Is This Communion
Review

58. M83: Saturdays = Youth
Feature

57. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
Feature

56. Last Shadow Puppets: The Age Of The Understatement
Live Electric Proms Review at Liverpool Philharmonic
Interview.

55. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
Review

54. The Acorn: Glory Hope Mountain
Feature

53. Boris: Smile
Review

52. King Khan: The Supreme Genius Of King Khan & The Shrines
Review

51. Brightblack Morning Light: Motion To Rejoin
Review

50. The Maybes?: Promise
Review

49. No Age: Nouns
Review
Live Shred Yr Face Liverpool Review

48. I Was A Cub Scout: I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope
Review

47. Zombie Zombie: A Land for Renegades
Feature

46. Jonas Reinhardt: Jonas Reinhardt
Review

45. The Gutter Twins: Saturnalia
Review
Live at Liverpool Carling Academy

44. Laura Marling: Alas I Cannot Swim
Review

43. The Mars Volta: The Bedlam in Goliath
Review

42. Death Cab For Cutie: Narrow Stairs
A glorious muddle of understated melodic beauty and muscular ambition.

41. Sons & Daughters: This Gift
Review

40. Youthmovies: Good Nature
Review
Live at Liverpool Barfly

39. Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster…
Review
Live Shred Yr Face Liverpool Review

38. Mystery Jets: Twenty One
Review

37. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Review
Interview with Efrim.

36. Evangelicals: The Evening Descends
Review

35. Portishead: Third
Review

34. The Ting Tings: We Started Nothing
Review

33. White Denim: Workout Holiday
Review

32. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Review

31. Son, Ambulance: Someone Else’s Deja Vu
Review

30. Oasis: Dig Out Your Soul
Review
Live at the ECHO Arena

29. Alberta Cross: The Thief & The Heartbreaker
Review

28. Ponytail: Ice Cream Spiritual
Review

27. Hot Chip: Made In The Dark
Review

26. These New Puritans: Beat Pyramid
Blogging

25. MIT: Coda
Review

24. Ladyhawke: Ladyhawke
Feature

23. Kanye West: 808’s and Heartbreak
Review

22. HEALTH: DISCO
Ben Mawdesley’s face review

21. Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna
Review

20. Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing
Review

19. Why?: Alopecia
Review

18. Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid
Review
Live at Delamere Forest

17. Truckers Of Husk: The Physical Education EP
Review

16. Deerhunter: Microcastle/Weird Era Continued
Review
Live at the Cleveland Grog Shop

15. The Mae Shi: HLLLYH
Review
Live at Liverpool Barfly

14. Santogold: Santogold
Review

13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Review

12. Neon Neon: Stainless Style
Feature

11. Mogwai: The Hawk Is Howling
Review

10. Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight
Review

9. Peter Broderick: Home
Feature

8. HEALTH: HEALTH
Review

7. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
Review
Live in Manchester Academy.

6. Vessels: White Fields & Open Devices
Review

5. Friendly Fires: Friendly Fires
Review

4. Bear In Heaven: Red Bloom Of The Boom
Review

3. Foals: Antidotes
Review
Live at the Liverpool Carling Academy

2. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
Review

1. TV On The Radio: Dear Science
Review

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