Albums of 2008

  1. 9/10
  2. 8.5/10
  3. 8/10
  4. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
  5. 7.5/10
  6. Move D & Benjamin Brunn - Songs From The Beehive
  7. The Bug - London Zoo
  8. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  9. Bruno Pronsato - Why Can't We Be Like Us?
  10. Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
  11. Portishead - Third
  12. Shed - Shedding the Past
  13. 7/10
  14. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
  15. The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
  16. Lindstrøm - Where You Go I Go Too
  17. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
  18. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!
  19. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
  20. 2562 - Aerial
  21. Noze - Songs on the Rocks
  22. No Age - Nouns
  23. Notable Mentions
  24. M83 - Saturday=Youth
  25. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
  26. Subtle - ExitingARM
  27. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
  28. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
  29. Chase & Status - More Than Alot
  30. The Black Keys - Attack And Release
  31. Loco Dice - 7 Dunham Plane
  32. Kenny Larkin - Keys, Strings, Tambourines
  33. Dismissable
  34. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
  35. The Mars Volta - Bedlam in Goliath
  36. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
  37. Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
  38. Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
  39. The Mole - As High As The Sky
  40. Lee Jones - Electronic Frank
  41. Guy J - Esperanza
  42. The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Grave
  43. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
  44. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
  45. Deadmau5 - Random Album Title

If only Third was all like We Carry On and Machine Gun, they should have made the full transformation. With that it could even have been as good as Dummy.

I don't know if there's another album in the Mars Volta like Frances The Mute, certainly not a Cassandra Gemini. They seem to have looked on it as a one off experimental album and now gone back to their previous style. Typical fans see it as their weakest album so I can't say I'm surprised they've gone back to a more conventional format to appease them.

Anyone who answers the question, "What's the weakest offering from The Mars Volta?" with any answer other than Amputechture is wrong. There's no debate, this is not an opinion. This is a fact. Amputecture is ass.

Tis true, though I find all their albums other than Deloused and Frances to be annoyingly weak, they've certainly gone downhill. According to Omar, the next album will be more acoustic (good) although sadly, more 'poppy' (bad). Fail.

Argh, they should take the concept of Cassandra Gemini further and not be afraid to experiment at the risk of losing fans. Could acoustic work with the Mars Volta though? I can see it being a failed attempt to remodel their style.

Looking at your dismissable section I must agree with those that I know of (about half), but I do enjoy a few songs from Oracular Spectacular . I do not think Vampire Weekend should be a 7/10 though. But that may be just me, since I seem to be the only person who has never been able to get into that artist/album. I gave it two chances before removing it from my library.

The only song I like from Oracula Spectacular is "Time to Pretend" for the best use of a sound which reminds me of Mickey Mouse, but that soon grates. The reason why I think Vampire Weekend deserves a 7, is because it's a brilliant fusion between african rythmns and indie pop. The best track is definatly "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". The relationship between the vocalist and rythmn section is genuis. It does get a bit boring after that track though, so that's why it's only a 7.