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Sound of 2008

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The '59 Sound
The '59 Sound
"A heartfelt romp through classic rock sensibilties. For fans of the Killers and Bruce Springsteen."
Songs in A&E
Songs in A&E
"This is the sound os simple done well. Gets under the skin in a slow burn anthem kind of way. For fans of melancholic pop-rock."
The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
"This band are at the top of their game, creative, unwilling to compromise and entirely honest about their love for music. For fans of quality newspapers, sunsets and birdsong."
Babylon Rules
Babylon Rules
"An ear-opening gallop through industrial goth influenced noise-smithery. For fans of 80s matchbox, the Cramps and Bauhaus."
In The Future
In The Future
"Part pysch.rock part prog.rock, this happy mélange will wear your speakers down in a entirely great way. For fans of Velvet Underground and Sabbath (and drugs)."
Glasvegas
Glasvegas
"It is impossible not to sing along to this album. Heartfelt, socially conscious, wall-of-sound loving odes to Phil Spector. For fans of camaraderie, Oasis (of all things!) and the Ronettes."
For Emma Forever Ago
For Emma Forever Ago
"((Man + guitar) - girlfriend) + time to think all alone in the woods = the best catharsis ever.  Spectral alt.folk. For fans of Fleet Foxes and other acoustic delights."
Red Of Tooth & Claw
Red Of Tooth & Claw
"Country ravaged alt.rock at its finest. Nestles confortably with Bon Iver, and Fleet Foxes to concrete Americana as a strong 2008 theme."
Rest Now Weary Head You Will Get Well Soon
Rest Now Weary Head You Will Get Well Soon
"Like an awkwarder Conor Oberst, Konstantin takes to centre stage relunctantly, only to blow it apart with an Arcade Fire like riot of invention, with more electronica moments. Not to be missed."
A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers
"Gigantic sonic assault of Bloody Valentine and Jesus & Mary Chain colliding, sieved through an actual heap of fuzzy distortion. For fans of the aforementioned."
The Devil You and Me
The Devil You and Me
"Another example of simple done well. Very appealing amble through mute electronica and indie-pop musings. For fans of the Velvets again and possibly Sonic Youth, although possibly not."
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst
"A slowburn that may not seem comparable with his Bright Eyes work, but rates among his finest with sufficient repeats. For fans of indie singersongwriters, alt. country and Bright Eyes (clearly)"
Modern Guilt
Modern Guilt
"Behemoth of an alt. pop record, template for what creative pop should song like, oh and it's catchy too. Go get. For fans of toe tapping, smiling and forays into electronica, and need I say it, Beck!"
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
"Like Bon Iver above, these fellows just love atmospheric acoustic and the odd acapella gamble, alt. folk meets Americana with swoonily good results."
B/E/a/T/B/O/X
B/E/a/T/B/O/X
"Squelchy beats, filthy bass, and breathless-cum-(oo er)-glacial, semi-spoken lyrics, does an alt. disco classic make."
Stay Positive
Stay Positive
"America gets irony shocker! This is all that is great about American Rock and MOR in a nutshell, with heaps of wry self-awareness. For fans of Weezer, the Boss and Boys and Girls in America."
Do You Like Rock Music?
Do You Like Rock Music?
"BSP go breathlessly anthemic with flag-waving results. Indie rock through and through and you won't find a better example."
Saturnalia
Saturnalia
"Collaborateur par excellence Lanegan does it again, gravel-voiced indie rock duetting of the highest order. Well done, sir."
Micah P Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra
Micah P Hinson & the Red Empire Orchestra
"Another gravel-voiced wonder, another nod to Americana and alt.country / folk - this year's genre of choice for sure."
Third
Third
"Out with the triphop in with the figurative kitchen sink, a collection of acessible but industrial samples, clever loops and overlayed vocals. For fans of beats, a challenge and select Portishead cuts"
59.59
59.59
"Speaking of which ... Jason Pierce's protégés mine a similar line albeit a little more lo-fi. For fans of the above."
Elegies To Lessons Learnt
Elegies To Lessons Learnt
"Literate indie rock, atmospheric and at times anthemic. Not for the pop fan."
The Chemistry Of Common Life
The Chemistry Of Common Life
"Accesible intro into hardcore punk, part plucked folk, mostly (controlled) shouting. Surprisingly good."
Night Drive
Night Drive
"Glass Candy's chillout section, still glacial, still cool, but a little more of a chilled, but disco-influenced album."
Walk It Off
Walk It Off
"Pitchfork darlings, and purveyors of fine, jittery, again literate indie. File under chin-stroking."