Saturday, January 26, 2008

Finally, my fav albums.

Durn, it sure has taken me awhile to get to this. What is it...July already? Since its been taking me so long to even get to this, I won't waste a ton of time on each one like I did with the songs.

The reason I always make these lists so blasted huge is simple to explain. There were so many great albums, I wanna give credit to them all...But really its almost like I feel bad for them, like when I was little and had to play with all my toys at once. If I left He-Man out, he'd feel bad! So, ya gotta put in all the good ones in a list like this.

So, first off, here is some miscellaneousness:

Best Guilty Pleasure: Hilary Duff - Dignity

Ahem...dunno what to say. I just really liked this. Its fun to shake to. So sue me.

Biggest Let Down: Bloc Party - Weekend in the City

I better be careful, cuz I could make a whole blog about why this album sucked. Their first one was so fabulous, mainly because of the amazing rythm section and the intense energy the songs had. (Check out "Helicopters," "Banquet," "So Here We Are," and "This Modern Love" from that album for examples) That Asian drummer of theirs was simply one of the best I'd heard in a long time. Then, for their second album, they decided it would be better to NOT have intense songs with amazing drumming, but instead rely on their never-great-to-begin-with melodies and then tour with Panic! At the Disco. I'm all for creative change and what not, but when it makes you sound like a watered down, less talented Blink 182, with a less talented Seal at vocals no less, it just doesn't do it for me. Come on guys. Same problem I had with Guster last year. (Except they didn't sound like Blink 182) Anyway...
(Runners Up:) Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist, Bjork - Volta. These albums actually made my good list, so I do like them. But with how much I totally worship these guys, it was just a little sub-par comparitively. The Pumpkins was still great considering its the first in 7 years, I just wish they woulda mixed it up a little and put some good pop songs in with the rockers. With Bjork, it was just a handful of gems, and a handful of duds. Still decent albums though.

Biggest Surprise: Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

To many, it doesn't surprise you that Conor Oberts makes a good album. And I won't go so far to say I hate Bright Eyes, but I really have never been able to swallow his style. He's a talented songwriter, but it just doesn't do it for me. So, this year I was surprised to find I actually kinda liked Cassadaga. The arrangements and instrumentation do this one good. Which sorta makes up for the fact he sounds like an emo-goat.

Best Non-Album Release: Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim

I decided to count Gorillaz "D-Sides" as an album the way I did Sufjan Steven's "Avalanche" last year, so the next best is Sigur Ros. Amazing. One disc of new recordings (which include brilliant new renditions of songs from their first album) and another disc of acoustic live versions of some of their popular songs.
(Runner's Up:) Radiohead - In Rainbows disc-2, Daft Punk - Alive 2007, Bird and the Bee - Please Clap Your Hands EP

Best Importers (besides England): Sweden
Shout Out Louds, Peter Bjorn & John, the Hives, Jens Lekman
(Runners Up:) Canada - (Arcade Fire, Feist, Tegan & Sara, Steve Nash) Iceland - (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Amiina)

And the rest, is the best. These aren't numbered, but the lower they go on this list, the better I thought they were. Kinda like counting down...without numbers. (If you want any explanations as to why I liked any certain of these, lemme know and I will personally give you a review, savy? haha.)


Do, Make, Say, Think - You, You're History in Rust

Tegan & Sara - The Con

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Travis - The Boy With No Name

Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala

the Chemical Brothers - We Are the Night

Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold

Lily Allen - Alright, Still

Bjork - Volta

Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist

the Hives - The Black and White Album

James Morrison - Undiscovered

Amiina - Kurr

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Jesca Hoop - Kismet

Feist - The Reminder

Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block

the Good, the Bad, & the Queen - self-titled

Since this is such a huge blog already, I'm gonna continue with the top 20 tomorrow! I hope...stay tuned!


crystal said...

Are Tegan and Sara those homely twins with mullets and jacked-up teeth? Seriously the one song that I heard of theirs makes me want to barf. A total lack of ingenuity. The one playing the piano can only play like three notes I swear... Maybe I'm not talking about the right people.... am I?

I am Chree-uz said...

Do people check if you respond to their comments on here? Anyway...
Yes Crystal, you would be right. They are the those homely twins with jacked up teeth, and I know exactly which song you are refering to. It took me a bit to warm up to them, but I actually do like their album, despite their obvious lesbian homelyness.

crystal said...

yes, I did check and I'm glad that we're thinking of the same people. Perhaps I judged them prematurely. Thanks for answering my question.