So it's approximately 14 days until the new year. 2009. Wow.
With anticipation for the new year increasing with each day that goes by, I've decided to bring you a number of lists each blog entry up until December 31 of the very best of what went on in 2008 (from my point of view ;) ).
This blog contains the top 10 album releases in 2008 (with a few honorable mentions) and blurbs for each so that in the off chance that you're interested you can check out the best tracks and go from there!
Let's start with the honorable mentions:
Panic At The Disco - Pretty.Odd. (best track/s: 'Northern Downpour')
The Killers - Day and Age (best track/s: 'Human')
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst (best track/s: 'Cape Canaveral', 'Souled Out')
Simple Plan - Simple Plan (best track/s: 'Generation', 'Save You')
The Getaway Plan - Other Voices Other Rooms (best track/s: 'Shadows')
Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux (best track/s: 'What A Catch, Donnie', 'My Winona')
The Presets - Apocalypso (best track/s: 'Talk Like That', 'My People')
From First To Last - From First To Last (best track/s: 'Tick Tick Tomorrow')
Forever The Sickest Kids - Underdog Alma Mater (best track/s: 'Woah Oh (Me VS Everyone)', 'Breakdown')
City & Colour - Bring Me Your Love (best track/s: 'Confessions')
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (best track/s: 'A Punk')
The Kooks - Konk (best track/s: 'Always Where I Need To Be', 'Shine On')
Alkaline Trio - Agony And Irony (best track/s: 'Calling All Skeletons', 'Help Me')
Breathe Carolina - It's Classy, Not Classic (best track/s: 'Diamonds', 'The Birds and the Bees')
Razias Shadow - Forgive Durden (best track/s: the whole thing is amazing, check it out!!)
The Maine - Can't Stop, Won't Stop (best track/s: 'Girls Do What The Want')
Underoath - Lost In The Sound of Seperation (best track/s: 'We Are The Involuntary')
Escape The Fate - This War Is Ours (best track/s: 'Something', 'This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II')
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger (best track/s: 'Caves', 'Spinning')
Anberlin - New Surrender (best track/s: 'Miserabile Visu')
10: The Matches - A Band In Hope.
Don't you feel nostalgic for our future?
Honestly, this doesn't live up to The Matches debut album 'E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals', however it was definately one of my most anticipated albums for this year. If you're looking for a band full of creativity then you don't need to go further than The Matches. The highlight tracks for me were 'Yankee in a Chip Shop' and 'Wake the Sun'. These guys can be very catchy!!
9: Katy Perry - One of the Boys
I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick.
If you haven't heard this album, you definately should. Although the tracks don't stray far from her releases 'I Kissed a Girl', 'Hot 'n' Cold' and 'Ur So Gay', if you found yourself singing along or tapping your feet then you'd want to hear her other tracks. I definately call this one of those guilty pleasure albums where some people will say that was terrible but secretly on their way home they're humming along to 'Waking Up In Vegas'. Katy Perry played Warped Tour this year so she definately gets props from me for that!! Check it out if you're into catchy pop music.
8: Senses Fail - Life Is Not A Waiting Room
But who would want me anyway? I’m a lush with broken parts of paper mache - I have nothing left to give.
James "Buddy" Nielson will always be one of my favourite song-writer's and vocalist's. Putting those words to the test, you can tell that this album is fueled by a whirlwind of emotions including his break-up to his first-love/long-time girlfriend, alcohol abuse and the inspiration of a friend he met who suffered from cancer and didn't make it through. If you got into Boys Like Girls but were always interested in more heavier music then this album is for you, with everything from melodic and catchy pop-punk to heavy, hardcore/screamo metal. I'd say at least check out 'Fireworks At Dawn', 'Yellow Angels' and 'Life Is Not A Waiting Room'.
7: Amity Affliction - Severed Ties
No one knew the colour of the sky, no one knew where, or how, or why...
If you're from Brisbane and haven't heard/seen these guys then you're definately missing out. These guys have been around for a number of years with two EP's previously being released, their debut album has definately brought along a number of crowd favourites including 'Fruity Lexia' and 'Snitches Get Stitches'. I'd call it a catchy, melodic album for fans of thick riffs and screamed vocals. Definately try catch a show in 2009 as these guys always get the crowd going.
6: Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
What a night for a dance, you know I'm a dancing machine with a fire in my bones and the sweet taste of kerosene.
This album, with the hit singles 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex is on Fire', has definately entered Kings of Leon into the mainstream stratosphere - and it definately shows with their Australian tour being sold-out in 9 minutes. Although it strays for KOL's signature sound, the bands fourth release displays the progression that the Southern-indie-rocker's have stumbled upon and it appears as though their matured sound has become a hit with people with all taste's in music. Essential for any rock or indie fan, Only By The Night's highlight songs are definately 'Sex is on Fire', 'Manhattan' and the opening track 'Closer'.
5: Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season
I may look happy, but honestly dear, the only way I'll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear.
Let's start by saying, Oliver Sykes is not only a sex icon. I would choose this release of BMTH over their others as you can't get much better than 'Diamonds Aren't Forever' and 'Chelsea Smile'. With their erratic time signatures and Sykes' immense vocals, the bands sophomore release is definately a pleaser for the fans of something a bit heavier (think IKTPQ) and those who enjoy being extreme.
4: MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
Originally known as The Management, MGMT have been highly popular with their singles 'Time To Pretend', 'Electric Feel' and 'Kids'. MGMT's mix of alternative pop, glam and new wave restored my faith in our generation that we're still creative and trying to get somewhere. 'Time To Pretend' is easily the anthem of 2008 with the lyrics somewhat conveying what a stereotypical rockstar lifestyle exists to be. The album title ensures something spectacular and lives up to it. Make sure it's on your Christmas Wish List if you don't already have it!
3: The Academy Is... - Fast Times At Barrington High
One song about a girl - can't breathe when I'm around her.
This album is a celebration of the teenage years, the highlights and lowlights of growing up. William Beckett's vocals are at their purest and although the themes aren't as deep as TAI's previous albums 'Santi' and 'Almost Here', it is easy to pick up and there's a chance you won't want to skip over any of the songs. I suppose you could call it a power-pop album, this Fueled By Ramen record is essential for all in their final years of schooling. Very fun. Favourite songs are 'About a Girl' and 'Beware! Cougar!'.
2: Metro Station - Metro Station
You'll cry and curse, when you're alone but laugh and flirt, when you're on the phone.
I really don't care what people have to say about Metro Station. In previous posts I have expressed how I have been into these guys for probably 16(+) months now before they released an album and I am quite impressed. Although this album was released in 2007 in the US of A, it only made an impact in Australia in 2008 with the first single in coherence with the release of the new So You Think You Can Dance series from America, 'Shake It' became popular with teens allover. With some popularity coming from vocalist's Trace Cyrus' popular teen sister, Miley, the band have made an impact with a number of anthems including 'Seventeen Forever'. Seventeen Forever', 'Control', 'Kelsey', 'Shake It', 'Now That We're Done', 'California' and 'Disco' are definately highlights. Their sound is fresh and a soundtrack to Summer for sure.
1: The Audition - Champion
Oh, I can show if you want to know exactly how to say her name to make her scream and shout, but not from pain.
Another of my most anticipated albums is The Audition's Champion. First of all, if you want to get into this album, listen to 'Hell To Sell' and 'Warm Me Up'. This album is so easy to put on repeat and is infectious! Danny Steven's warm vocals play well with pop-punk guitars and catchy drums. The semi-ballad 'What Gets You Through The Night' is quite easy to get into with hooks that will get you singing along from the start. If you want something new, because I am aware that The Audition aren't that well known, definately go to your local record store and purchase this album.
And there you have it folks.
Tell me yours in a comment? :)