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Old 12-10-2008, 04:28 PM   #91
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You know what pisses me off about end of year lists? It just makes me realise there is still a load of good music I haven't heard off, it's depressing and a good thing at the same time.
Every year I seem to have 2 or 3 (sometimes 5 or 6) albums that I learn about from others' year end lists that piss me off because they would have been ranked extremely high up on mine. While it's a great way to find music you didn't know about or skipped over, it's annoying to catch onto something late as well.
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Popmatters ran a "Best Metal Albums of 2008" list today. Though I only have 2 of the albums in the list, it still looks like a surprisingly good list based on names I've heard my friends throw around. Who knew that Popmatters knew so much about metal?

The Best Metal Albums of 2008 < Columns | PopMatters
Many of those listed just didn't sell well, at least for me. I think of the top sellers for me was the new Testament (Formation Of Damnation). Didn't see it on the list (Nor have I heard any of the list/Testament either)
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:40 PM   #93
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Best of

1 Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer (9.2)
2 The Verve - Forth (8.8)
3 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (8.7)
4 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (8.6)
5 The Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia... (8.2)
6 Coldplay - Viva La Vida (8.1)

Other good albums

7 The Killers - Day & Age (7.2)
8 Anti-Flag - The Bright Lights of America (7.1)
9 Gary Moore - Bad for You Baby (6.9)
10 Coldplay - Prospekt's March (6.9)
11 Vermillion Lies - What's In The Box? (6.8)

And everything else

12 Razorlight - Slipway Fires (6.6)
13 Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads (5.7)
14 R.E.M. - Accelerate (5.0)
15 The Charlatans - You Cross My Path (5.0)
16 The Cure - 4:13 Dream (4.8)
17 Nine Inch Nails - The Slip (4.7)
18 Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy (3.6)
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:45 PM   #94
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With Radiohead being a pommy band and all, the official year of the release of In Rainbows should be and has to be recognised as 2007.
Now, Radiohead is a special case since they made their album officially available for download in October 2007 (or so). But what is the reasoning for determining if an album is a contender for the Best of 2008 list or not?

The reason I'm asking is that I just discovered a great album (I think, at the moment, after a few listens) by a Dutch artist. In advance of its physical release, it's being streamed online. It seems that it'll be available in the shops on 15 December, but I'm not sure of it. In any case, its official release party is early January.
So is this a 2008 album or not?
And how can I judge if (and if so, where) it belongs on my Best Of 2008 list if I only could listen to it for a few days?

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Old 12-10-2008, 04:49 PM   #95
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Every year I seem to have 2 or 3 (sometimes 5 or 6) albums that I learn about from others' year end lists that piss me off because they would have been ranked extremely high up on mine. While it's a great way to find music you didn't know about or skipped over, it's annoying to catch onto something late as well.
It also means I start on a backlog of album buying for the new year, so I end up putting off early releases just to catch up with last years grrrrr.

On the worst album cover front, the Deerhunter- Microcastles one I really hate, it weirds me out and it's not even the skull eye thing, it's the weird peachy pink colour that offends me
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The 20 Worst Album Covers of 2008 | Pitchfork



Even though I actually like some of the covers they chose, the comments are still pretty damn funny.
On half of these I just felt like they came up with a good joke, without actually making a criticism.

Best one was under the James Taylor album cover: "http://menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com/"

They also failed to make the connection between the Taylor and the Vanilla Ice below it, where they could have said ("Look up, Ice. That's what you're gonna look like in 20 years.")

A couple unfairly maligned: Islands (retro but cool) and Elbow.
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Even though I actually like some of the covers they chose, the comments are still pretty damn funny.
Good call putting Evil Urges on that list. That is a hideous cover for such an amazing album. A shame. The one I disagree with is that Spoon cover. That shit is cool, I don't care.
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On the worst album cover front, the Deerhunter- Microcastles one I really hate, it weirds me out and it's not even the skull eye thing, it's the weird peachy pink colour that offends me
Agreed. For some reason they have a different cover up on iTunes that's a little generic but not nearly as bad as the final cover.
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No way Accelerate is a 5/10, John.
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No way Accelerate is a 5/10, John.
Too high?

I just didn't want them below that Charlatans album, but you're right, it's pretty uninteresting overall


Sounds a bit better live though
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Too high?

I just didn't want them below that Charlatans album, but you're right, it's pretty uninteresting overall


Sounds a bit better live though
"Uninteresting" describes Reveal and Around The Sun far better than Accelerate.
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* Girl Talk: Feed the Animals
Can't include this with all the original material, but one of the year's more entertaining listens. Still, not much more than a nostalgia trip.
Yeah, after listening to this a few times today, I was tempted to change my top ten to add it, but then I kinda came to the same realization, that it's mostly entertaining for hearing all the songs I know so well put together.
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The best albums I have heard this year are "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" and "Fleet Foxes." The latter sounds like the album that Ryan Adams has always wanted to make but never has. Speaking of Adams, my choices for the two most disappointing albums of the year are "Cardinology" and "4:13 Dream."
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2008 was a great year musically

Here goes:

1.Dear Science
2.Whatever Happens Will Happen Today
3.Viva La Vida
4.Remind Me In Three Days
5.Accelerate
6.Hard Candy
7.Funplex
8.Black Ice
9.Electronic Arguments
10.Chinese Democracy
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