10. Foals – Antidotes
Expect the Unexpected with Foals. This is what New Rave wanted to be.
9. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
Some dared proclaim Dear Science as the OK Computer for the naughties. Not convinced, but it does confront the Bush years with stunning tracks and great lyrics. Unlike Radiohead’s best, its poignant, but not suicidal.
8. Camphor – Drawn To Dust
Epic. In fact, even more epic than I thought it would be. Oh, and this album would certainly win best use of an orchestra.
7. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Took a few listens, but I eventually fell in love with this africana inspired album from the columbia university chums.
6. Third – Portishead
How many of us were scared that this was going to be horrible? Thankfully a massive sigh of relief was heard around the world that the Bristolian’s still have what it takes to be the best.
5. Nico Muhly – Mother Tongue
I first heard about Nico Muhly in the Guardian, apparently he wants to live his fantasy of going to an English boarding school so he can experience the special relationship between master and schoolboy. hmm.
4. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Pure psychedelic pop. If you’re ever feeling a down, listen to this – Its bizarreness will take your mind off anything. Not only that but the rousing choruses are enough to make anyone cheer up.
3. Shearwater – Rook
From Austin, Texas – this album is a luscious journey through Americana – with Dulcimers, Glockenspiels, Banjos and Homemade instruments. They also have a drummer/clarinettist called Thor Harris, that looks like Thor. I shit you not.
2. Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball
I’ve talked about this album before. I could talk about how great it is again, but I suggest reading my post about this prog/grunge beast.
1. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Maybe I can see the future. When I played this to friends I foretold it would win the Mercury award and despite being released early in 2008, would remain as the best album. Oh how they laughed. Oh how right I was.
The beauty of The Seldom Seen Kid – it feels effortless.