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2008 albums

J. T. Brennan
 
Rest Now Weary Head You Will Get Well Soon
Rest Now Weary Head You Will Get Well Soon
"The influence no doubt comes from the likes of Radiohead, Bright eyes and Arcade fire, but the end product is refreshing and original. If This Hat Is Missing/Endless Dream/Ticktack are the pick."
O Soundtrack My Heart
O Soundtrack My Heart
"This is probably the best instrumental album of the year...in fact its a contender for best album full stop. Music never sounded so good."
Distortion
Distortion
"A much shorter offering than the classic '69'and whilst many won't rate this as highly I still reckon it has quite a few moments of genius. I love old fools..."
Modern Guilt
Modern Guilt
"Superb stuff from Beck, would it be controversial to say this is his best album yet? Maybe, but here he proves again what a great songwriter he is. Best tracks Ė Chem trails, Modern guilt, Volcano."
Third
Third
"Ignore the doubters, this is a great return, everything you expected and much more"
Weezer (The Red Album)
Weezer (The Red Album)
"They have always been so consitant in my opinion but never receive the plaudits they deserve. Pork and beans, Thought I knew and The greatest man that ever lived are Weezer at their best."
Do You Like Rock Music?
Do You Like Rock Music?
"Not on a par with their previous albums but that would have been some feat to replicate. Inspired moments can be found in the likes of No Lucifer and Down on the ground."
Superabundance
Superabundance
"An improvement on their debut, much tighter and even the inclusion of strings on turn tail is ok. A very worthy offering that proves that as with Glasvegas British indie music is far from dead."
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
"I think this one may split opnions but there is actually a lot to like here, full of catchy tunes a little bit like the Strokes, but altogether well worth a listen or two."
You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
"Stupid name, try and ignore itÖThey have been mentioned in the same breath as Klaxons but I think they are better. Dawn of the dead and Epic last song have been on constant repeat for some time now."
In Ghost Colours
In Ghost Colours
"Ah the 80ís. Who would have thought that decade would influence so many musicians of this decade? I think its his voice that mostly does it, again though this is an album packed with cracking songs."
Only by the Night
Only by the Night
"This is taking me a while to get intoÖitís good but is it in the same league as their first three albums? I donít think so and at the moment it looks like Because of the Times may be their peak."
Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
"Periodically Iím drawn to electronic beeping sounds. Good job there are crystal castles then."
Twenty One
Twenty One
"Its certainly patchier than their debut but it does contain at least three gems Ė Flakes, Veiled in grey and Two doors down. Suppose that will have to do for now."
Brain Thrust Mastery
Brain Thrust Mastery
"They may have been wittled down to two members, but this is a fine offering by another band that keep getting better. Lethal enforcer is the song of the year for me."
Replica Sun Machine
Replica Sun Machine
"Very retro sounding at times and a real mixture of styles, one of those albums that gets better with each listen. Stand out tracks are the awesome now til 69 + I know & Harmonica."
Station
Station
"One of the best instrumental albums of recent years."
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
"The best Nick Cave album of the year. Seriously though past Nick Cave albums Iíve only liked in parts, this is the whole package."
The Age of the Understatement
The Age of the Understatement
"This will be compared to Arctic Monkeys stuff, and people will say its not as good, but I actually quite like it, and it's good to be different."
Oracular Spectacular
Oracular Spectacular
"Time to pretend carries it a bit, but there are other good tunes that make it a worthy offering."
Glasvegas
Glasvegas
"When you consider the swathe of generic indie bands out there at the moment, its great that for 10 of them there is one Glasvegas, itís a triumph of a record."
Microcastle / Weird Era Continued
Microcastle / Weird Era Continued
"Another slightly off the wall album, owing something to Pavement and perhaps Grandaddy, lyrically and perhaps musically Ďagroí is my favourite song of the year."
Stainless Style
Stainless Style
"A one off side project from Gruff Rhys of SFA fame, full of 80ís splendour and moments of brilliance such as dream cars and Belfast, cant wait to see what he does next."
Santogold
Santogold
"The queen of pop 2008 indeed, a great mix of styles - electronic, pop and punk add up to a very listenable recording."
Lp
Lp
"Iím slipping this into 2008 as I missed it at the end of last year.  It just drills into my senses and I love it being there. punchy and at times epic,"