Top 10 albums of the year:

Posted on: 03/12/2008

Written by Justine Kharbanda

2008 has been a great year for music within the college but also on a world-wide scale, so here are my

Top 10 albums of the year:

 1.      Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend


February saw the release of the self titled debut album from the New York four piece who have been said to be the best thing to come out of the state since The Strokes.  A big comparison for a debut album but an accurate one.  Full of glorious harmonies, this mischievous yet experimental album is in my opinion the best of the year.  Inspired by African beats as heard on Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa this is a band with a distinctive sound and distinctive lyrics written by front man Ezra Koenig with lines such as ‘Spilled kefir on your keffiyah’.  With everything from ska to Indie to disco pop this, for a debut, is a complete success, confirmed by the full to the brim tents at both Reading and Glastonbury, full of kids screaming every word and la-la-laing to every guitar riff! 


Favourite Song  – Campus


2.       Kings of Leon –  Only By The Night


It’s fair to say assumptions were made before the release of this album, was it going to be their weakest yet their biggest?  The three brothers and a cousin from Tennessee have  created a fourth album full of moments of pure brilliance with a whole range of songs varying from rock anthems Be Somebody to introspective ones like Cold Desert. With lyrics influenced while on medication (after lead singer Caleb incurred an injury to his arm, after a scuffle with older brother and drummer Nathan) the writing has been taken to new heights, and for that matter so has the sound. 


Favourite Song – Be Somebody


3.    Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim


2008 has been a great year for British singer-songwriter Laura Marling who has managed to write a debut album full of lyrics making her seem wise beyond her years, tour the country playing in front of audiences singing every word back at her and receiving a Mercury award nomination, not bad for a 19-year-old.  An album full of intimate infusions, the sweet humming of a guitar and distinctive vocal harmonies, this folk album is one full of passion with not one bad track on it.


Favourite Song – The Captain and the Hourglass


4.      Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires


Full of sparkling pop tunes, this is an album that simply just works.  With every listen it just gets better and better, as the essence of carnival is brought alive.  Tracks such as Lovesick and On Board showcase just how great this band is and how brave they have been with this experimental yet captivating debut album. 


Favourite Song – Strobe


       5.     MGMT – Oracular Spectacular


When their debut album was released back in March of this year MGMT were hailed as the new electric sound for 2008.  From the overloading synth opener Time To Pretend to the seductive lyrics and psychedelic pop of Electric Feel this album is one that will get you dancing for sure.  A debut album that is most definitely intriguing and exciting.


Favourite Song – Electric Feel

6.   The Futureheads – This Is Not The World

After a fantastic debut album full of sounds that put them at the front of most Indie bands around at the time, they were dropped by their record label 679 in 2005.  The future looked bleak but after creating their own label they came back with a triumphant return this year.  Their energetic wiry sound is back and stronger then ever with thrilling hits and addictive choruses Radio Heart and Everything Is Changing.

Favourite Song – The Beginning of the Twist


          7.  The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely

There is somewhat an enormous leap from the first album to the second as Jack White and co have managed to develop a grand sound particularly with the drums from the very first song on the album Consoler of the Lonely.  With a complete mixture of songs ranging from woozy poetic piano hits You Don’t Understand Me to raging guitar rockers Hold Up this album is not only an insanely catchy one but one that will lead the band on to much greater things.

Favourite Song – Old Enough

         8.   Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Narrow Stairs is somewhat different compared to their previous albums, it still has the distinctive vocals from Ben Gibbard but musically, the sound has grown into a far more dense one with ostentatious guitars and the sound of a subtle organ on Grapevine Fires.  On the first listen the delights of this album are revealed from the melodies to the lyrics, this album is one full of dramas.

Favourite Song – Long Division

         9.   Mystery Jets – 21

With radio friendly pop hits Half in Love with Elizabeth and Young Love this album was one that gained the band much more recognition and publicity then their first did.  This album has a much clearer focus than the previous, as it embraces 80s pop and Pink Floyd.  With synths and raw guitar sounds, at times this album can be described as a surreal fusion of the 80s and today mixed fantastically.

Favourite Song – Behind the Bunhouse

10.  Santogold – Santogold

Born in Philadelphia, Santi White has created an explosive debut album to vent out anger and frustration, creating catchy unstoppable beats. Its continuity is noticeable from her vicious spitting about times such as when her father died.  From reggae to rap to rock this lady certainly knows how to keep her audience entertained as she triumphantly explores each sound, creating an album full of variation.

Favourite Song – Say Aha

What do you think of these reviews? What are your favourite albums of the year? Who do you think will be top performers in 2009? Add your comments below.


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2 Responses to "Top 10 albums of the year:"

Raconteurs was the only good album there, but it was released 2007.

WAIT >.< That was their first! But still, only good album there.

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