Year-End Critics' Polls '08

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listened to half of the Bon Iver yesterday - big. fucking. whoop. how can anyone be excited enough by this sort of thing to put it at the top of lists?

Yentl vs Predator (blueski), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah I am really blown away at the acclaim that album is getting. I couldn't really get through half of it.

vampire baseball (call all destroyer), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well Number 50 - 2008 NME album of the year - Heartbreak - Lies

1 down, 49 to go

djmartian, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

are they doing one a week?

Yentl vs Predator (blueski), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 17:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

From The Sunday Times, Stewart Lee's "left-field" top ten:

1 One More Grain: Isle of Grain (White Heat) Daniel Patrick Quinn’s bored northern bingo-caller vocals drizzle bird’s-eye views of broken Britain over krautrock rhythms, incongruous jazz-fusion trumpet and post-punk guitar scree.

2 Matana Roberts: The Chicago Project (Central Control International) Matana Roberts blows ecstatic saxophone as hard as Albert Ayler, but carries tunes soulful enough to sell experimental jazz noise to sceptics.

3 Helena Espvall and Masaki Batoh: Helena Espvall and Masaki Batoh (Drag City) Espvall’s droning cello meets Batoh’s acid-blues guitar in a pervasive fog of Swedish folk and Japanese psychedelia.

4 John Edwards: Volume (PSI) John Edwards traverses the neck of his double bass in fearless free-jazz improvisations, using silence, space, sudden motions and sustained undulations.

5 Dick Gaughan: Gaughan Live! at the Trades Club (Greentrax) The Scottish folk singer and guitarist distils four decades of passion into a timeless selection, alternating a lightness of touch with smouldering, righteous fury.

6 Robert Forster: The Evangelist (Tag) The fearsomely fey former Go-Between’s first release since the death of his long-term songwriting partner, Grant McLennan, typifies his apparently effortless talent, with drawled poetry and low-slung guitars.

7 Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill: Welcome Here Again (Green Linnet) Hayes rescues the fiddle tunes of his native Co Clare from clichéd arrangements and off-the-peg sentimentality, imbuing them with vast emotional depths and moments of considered stillness.

8 The Advisory Circle: Other Channels (Ghost Box) The electronica of 1970s public-information films and weird children’s TV conjures a forgotten suburban nightmare of prescription tranquillisers, coffee mornings, treacherous ponds and imminent nuclear war.

9 NICK PYNN Afterplanesman (Roundhill) Pynn gave his micro-suite of miniature art-folk curios a push this year. Sampled vocals and self-made instruments range across cultural, geographical and temporal boundaries to delightful effect.

10 WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE MUSICIANS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE Thatcher’s Children (Damaged Goods) Chatham’s venerable garage-rock fundamentalists cock a 1976-style snook at Noughties values and continue to summon instant punk classics from the Thames estuary at will.

Other Sunday Times lists, featuring all the same albums as on everyone elses lists, here.

DavidM, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Adebisi Shank - This Is The Album (Richter Collective)

Funny how Battles did so well in lists last year, whereas Adebisi Shank is barely a blip. Adebisi Shank reminds me a bit of Battles, but I like AS better.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 18:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

quietus do their thing :

30: Beach House - Devotion
29: Neon Neon - Stainless Style
28: Times New Viking - Rip It Off
27: No Age - Nouns
26: Grace Jones - Hurricane
25: Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir
24: Burial Hex - Initiations
23: Aidan John Moffat - I Can Hear Your Heart
22: Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too
21: Wire - Object 47
20: Amadou and Miriam - Welcome To Mali
19: Rolo Tomassi - Hysterics
18: Simon Bookish - Everything/Everything
17: Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
16: Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
15: These New Puritans - Beat Pyramid
14. Fuck Buttons - Street Horsssing
13. UFOmammut - Idolum
12. Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
11. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
10. Nadja - Skin Turns To Glass
9. One More Grain - Isle Of Grain
8. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
6. Wild Beasts - Limbo Panto
5. SunnO))) - Domkirke
4. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
3. The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
2. Portishead - Third
1. The Bug - London Zoo

mark e, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 19:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

hey these lists are getting better! esp that stewart lee one

psychgawsple, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 21:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't know what quietus is but i should obviously find out

HOOS wearing bitchmade sweaters and steendriving (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

k so now i have to hear this one more grain business

psychgawsple, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Unless I've missed it, I'm surprised to not see El Guincho on any of these lists considering how much buzz that album was gathering earlier this year.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ah, apparently it was originally out last year.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:25 (ten years ago) Permalink -- which I very very sporadically write for (because I'm often swamped with other stuff!)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

waitwaitwait -- DeRo liked a Madonna album enough to place it on a year-end list??

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

get that denim jacket out, the most retro-trad-rockist best albums of 2008 list from classic rock magazine, have a laugh at some of these picks

Classic Rock magazine EOY albums

50. The Black Keys - Attack & Release
49. Todd Rundgren - Arena
48. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Dig Lazarus, Dig!!"
47. Thunder - Bang!
46. Tesla - Forever More
45. Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey
44. The Jim Jones Revue - s/t
43. Girlschool - Legacy
42. Stonerider - Three Legs Of Trouble
41. Black Tide - Light From Above
40. Diagonal - s/t
39. Dirty Penny - Take It Sleezy
38. Glenn Hughes - First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
37. Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs
36. Graveyard - s/t
35. Lethargy - Purification
34. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
33. Blood Ceremony - s/t
32. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
31. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
30. Kings Of Leon - 0nly By The Night
29. Rose Kemp - Unholy Majesty
28. The Clash - Live At Shea Stadium
27. Joe Bonamassa - Live From Nowhere In Particular
26. Endeverafter - Kiss Or Kill
25. Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper
24. Rose Hill Drive - Moon Is The New Earth
23. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
22. Queen & Paul Rogers - The Cosmos Rocks
21. Thin Lizzy - UK Tour 1975
20. Judas Priest - Nostradamus
19. Marillion - Happiness Is The Road
18. Pride Tiger - The Lucky Ones
17. Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider
16. Motorhead - Motorizer
15. Black Crowes - Warpaint
14. Stone Gods - Silver Spoons & Broken Bones
13. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
12. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
11. Opeth - Watershed
10. Motley Crue - Saints Of Los Angeles
9. Journey - Revelation
8. Big Linda - I Loved You
7. Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad
6. Def Leppard - Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
5. Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
4. Black Stone Cherry - Folklore & Superstition
3. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
2. Metallica - Death Magnetic
1. AC/DC - Black Ice

djmartian, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

lololololol @ the top 10

k3vin k., Tuesday, 9 December 2008 22:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

well done airbourne

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol@ the whole list

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Are these lot really still going: Whitesnake, Uriah Heep, Journey.

Girlschool - the last time i heard from these lot I was still in primary school circa 1981.

djmartian, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

too bad you're not a girl

Yentl vs Predator (blueski), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Stuff I like from that list: Viking Skull, Graveyard, Testament, Blood Ceremony, Motorhead, Opeth, Airbourne, Metallica. GnR and AC/DC are okay. Honestly kind of surprised to see that Graveyard caught their attention. Great record.

Gorgoroth? I hardly knew her! (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

blueski, you were still munching on farley's rusks in 1981

Motorhead & Girlschool - Please don't touch

djmartian, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Girlschool album this year was really good! But I can't believe they missed Rose Tattoo, Rick Springfield, Hirax, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent's live album, lots of other things (all better than their top 5, as far as I'm concerned. I never heard the Def Leppard!)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:15 (ten years ago) Permalink


J3FF that graveyard band is fucking AWESOME! good stuff. at least some good came out of this thread.

btw i find the classic rock list like 8 zillion times more interesting and charming than most of the lists on this thread, i'd rather read kooky and eccentric lists like that than all the other year end garbage.

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, me too; only complained about that list because I basically *like* it. (Agree about Graveyard, too -- I was actually loving that album way back in '07, as an import on Transubstans.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

xp Also, meant they missed the boat on HELIX, not Hirax. (Though Hirax got a good review in Decibel, I think.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Classic Rock list is pretty much "Hell, you boys could have a pretty good weekend in Vergas with that stuff!"

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Any sign of NME's 08 rundown?

davek_00, Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

I can make out that it says "No Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs or Razorlight" and 7 of the top 10 are debuts. Which would suggest Santogold, Glasvegas, MGMT, Foals, Late of The Pier, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend joining Kings of Leon, TV on The Radio and Elbow in the top 10.

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

NME going for what a great year for new bands angle then?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

That Classic Rock list is kind of beautiful. They know what they like, and do not sheepishly shoehorn in token albums from other genres to feign diversity.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

^very very otm, even if i disagree with what's good and what's bad

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Opeth is the only real head scratcher, in terms of consistency.

Gorgoroth? I hardly knew her! (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

They know what they like, and do not sheepishly shoehorn in token albums from other genres to feign diversity.

That's true. You can't really win either way. Too honest and a lot of mags would appear to be typical corny indie but, at the same time, it's very easy to know - especially at this point - when a magazine or person is trying to pretend they also spent a separate but equal amount of time listening to rap, country, meta, etc.

What's funny is that atypical genres will usually make someone's list eventually, but it's more likely authentic when you're years removed when it all came out and the person's had time to discover and let time filter out the pretenders.

Cunga, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 07:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

NME Albums

1 MGMT Oracular Spectacular
2 TV on the Radio Dear Science
3 Glasvegas Glasvegas
4 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
5 Foals Antidotes
6 Metronomy Nights Out
7 Santogold Santogold
8 Mystery Jets Twenty One
9 Kings of Leon Only by the Night
10 Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
11 Neon Neon Stainless Style
12 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
13 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
14 Marling, Laura Alas, I Cannot Swim
15 Last Shadow Puppets The Age of Understatement
16 Ladyhawke Ladyhawke
17 Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid
18 Late Of The Pier Fantasy Black Channel
19 Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life
20 Spiritualized Songs in A and E
21 Lightspeed Champion Falling Off The Lavender Bridge
22 Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
23 Johansson, Scarlett Anywhere I Lay My Head
24 Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
25 Portishead Third
26 Verve, The Forth
27 Hercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love Affair
28 British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music?
29 Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nick Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
30 Hot Chip Made in the Dark
31 Coldplay Viva La Vida
32 Mogwai The Hawk Is howling
33 Deerhunter Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
34 Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
35 Mccombs, Cass Dropping The Writ
36 Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
37 Primal Scream Beautiful Future
38 Beck Modern Guilt
39 Chairlift Does You Inspire You
40 Kills, The Midnight Boom
41 These New Puritans Beat Pyramis
42 Alpinisms School of Seven Bells
43 Black Kids Partie Traumatic
44 Li, Lykke Youth Novels
45 Black Keys, The Attack & Release
46 Blood Red Shoes Box Of Secrets
47 Gaslight Anthem, The The '59 Sound
48 Maria, Ida Fortress Round My Heart
49 Bloc Party Intimacy
50 Heartbreak Lies

Tracks on the way

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 08:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

In the 34 years that they've been doing it this is arguably the worst NME EoY list I've ever seen.

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

21 Lightspeed Champion Falling Off The Lavender Bridge

haha i remember this guy

you brought me home to this funky house (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

btw u might be right marcello

you brought me home to this funky house (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hope you like MGMT guys.

1 MGMT Kids
2 Glasvegas Geraldine
3 Mystery Jets Two Doors Down
4 MGMT Time To Pretend
5 MGMT Electric Feel
6 Metronomy Heartbreaker
7 Friendly Fires Paris Is Burning
8 MIA Paper Planes
9 Kings of Leon Sex On Fire
10 Vampire Weekend A-Punk
11 The Verve Love Is Noise
12 Hot Chip Ready For The Floor
13 Elbow One Day Like This
14 Florence and The Machine Kiss With A Fist
15 Ladyhawke Paris Is Burning
16 Oasis The Shock of The Lightning
17 Spiritualized Soul on Fire
18 Hercules and Love Affair Blind
19 Oasis I'm Out of Time
20 Chairlift Bruises
21 TV on the Radio Golden Age
22 The Last Shadow Puppets Standing Next To Me
23 Fucked Up Year of The Pig
24 Santagold LES Artistes
25 Mystery Jets Young Love
26 Amazing Baby Head Dress
27 The Last Shadow Puppets The Age of The Understatement
28 Elbow Grounds For Divorce
29 DJ Mujava Township Funk
30 Florence and The Machine Dog Days Are Over
31 Laura Marling Ghosts
32 Black Kids I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
33 Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
34 Late Of The Pier Space An The Woods
35 Ladyhawke Back of The Van
36 Little Boots Stuck on Repeat
37 Wiley Wearing My Rolex
38 Sam Sparro Black & Gold
39 Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma
40 Heartbreak We're Back
41 Dizzee Rascal Dance Wiv Me
42 Late Of The Pier Focker
43 Glasvegas It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes ME Cry
44 Crystal Castles Courtship Dating
45 Crystal Castles Crimewave
46 Mogwai Batcat
47 Portishead Machine Gun
48 Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nick Dig!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
49 Glasvegas Flowers and Football Tops
50 Maria, Ida Oh My God

As per usual any good choices spoilt by the ridiculous

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

jesus fucking christ

you brought me home to this funky house (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

50 Maria, Ida Oh My God

^^ida maria otm

you brought me home to this funky house (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

7 Friendly Fires Paris Is Burning

no such song exists

i do dig that florence & the machine track, had no idea it was some sort of popular thing

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

The whiter than white NME EoY lists with token Rolex and Dizzee/Calvin input.

It is, seriously, a disgrace.

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Should be Paris, blame Excel for thinking ahead.

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

why is this surprising? i can't remember nme being ever being legit, but they probably were there in the 80s for a bit

psychgawsple, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

ooooh rhyming!

psychgawsple, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:54 (ten years ago) Permalink


thereminimum chips (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

That NME list is hilarious. No one can claim they aren't on-brand I suppose.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 10:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

26 Amazing Baby Head Dress

Which bit of this is the band name and which bit is the song title?

29 DJ Mujava Township Funk

Any idea what this is? I am assuming 'fake baile funk remix of Nirvana'.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 10:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

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