Dave's Top 10 Albums of 2008

Speaking of procrastinating, I decided it was finally time I did my music geek duties of putting together a Top 10 list. The world has been just dying to know what I liked over the past twelve months, and who am I to deny them any further?

(Note to the college crowd: If you want to turn this into a drinking game – and I know you do, cause that’s all you little hoodlums do in college, and quit trying to pretend that it isn’t – then just take a shot after each album in the list. And if you click over to read a full review, then take another shot. You’ll find that by the time you get to the end, you’ll actually start to agree with me.)

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

The lads from Elbow never fail to impress, and their latest might be the most impressive yet. Effortlessly smooth, and richly textured. For more armchair-critic thoughts on this album, check out my full review.

Girl Talk – Feed The Animals

Filthy hip-hop that the kids are into these days? Check. Mashed up with the greatest hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s? Check. Best excuse to dance around spastically like a loon? Check, and mate.

Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree

This one takes my vote for best album of 2008. A very pleasant and summery surprise, it’s dangerously close to perfection. For further attempts at convincing you, check out my full review.

Greg Laswell – Three Flights From Alto Nido

This album isn’t exactly breaking any new ground, but it definitely takes some old ground and puts a really slick house on it. This is alt-pop singer-songwriter fare with substance. Still wary because of all the “as heard on” TV show exposure? Don’t fret, TV shows do some things right.

Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow

We here at davidrperry.com enterprises (all of us, including me) are big fans of Hammock. And not just because we’re perpetually tired and need soundtracks for slumber. But this one definitely fits that bill, as it is more firmly planted in the ambient genre than their previous efforts. Gently swelling and swirling guitar loops blend with cello and infinitely layered keyboard pads. It’s my drug of choice.

Hybrid – Soudsystem 01

Although I was initially wary that they might turn in just another DJ set as a filler inbetween studio albums, the Hybrid boys held fast to their stamp of quality and delivered a unique and genre-bending mix of styles. It’s part soundtrack and part heady club deconstruction. For a more detailed analysis – that is disappointingly void of flowcharts and bullet points – check out my full review.

Johann Johannsson – Fordlandia

Regardless of whether indie music thought they needed a classical music presence or not, they have one. A very good one. Fordlandia, Johann Johannsson’s second installment in his trilogy of symphonic odes to technological progress, gently reflects on the industrial revolution. And what a beautifully lush revolution it is.

Sasha – Invol2ver

Sasha delivers the second installment in his innovative DJ series, and although it holds the same level of quality as its predecessor, it forges some new stylistic ground for him. For a less vague analysis of what I mean, you can check out my full review.

Solarstone – Rain Stars Eternal

Solarstone finally deliver a full-length artist album, and although it contains none of the past hits they have been churning out over the years, it makes up for it with brilliant new material. Yes, its label defines it as “trance” music, but that seems a disappointingly narrow-minded genre for this. It’s huge, lush, melodic and energetic, and if you’re into any of those adjectives, you should give it a try.

Steinski – What Does It All Mean?

The godfather of cut-and-paste hip-hop, and predecessor to the mashup movement, Steinski finally gets his own release. I’ve now been able to replace my illicit mp3s of The Lessons. To find out a little more about how this album kicks it, check out my full review.