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Top 10 Albums at the All-Star Break

Posted by admin On July - 17 - 2008

~Z.T.~ There’s no baseball. I’m bored. Let’s look back at the best rock albums of the year thus far.

1. Vampire Weekend’s Vampire Weekend
The easiest album to listen to in years. I mean that as a compliment, not that it’s “easy listening.” Perfectly crafted pop songs that feel like leftovers from Paul Simon’s Graceland sessions, but a little less worldly. And not leftovers like rice from Chinese food that sucks the next day. I’m talking about Thanksgiving leftovers.

2. The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely
Jack White’s new band sounds more like his old band on their sophomore effort. And this is no slump my friends. Vicious guitars and bleeding vocals
are coupled with quiet piano on this album which Festival Crashers can confirm sounds even better live.

3. Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals
I have a friend who couldn’t make it through a song without skipping. Then he found Girl Talk. Now he’s a new man! This could be you! Fake commercial aside, I think he came a little when he heard the combination of “Under The Bridge” with “Lollipop” though I prefer “No Diggity” and “Flashing Lights,” which go together like lamb and tuna fish.

4. The Black Keys’ Attack and Release
They’re still the rock duo, but not doing the “Same Old Thing” with Danger Mouse producing. It’s amazing how full two people can sound (Meg and Jack eat your heart out.)

5.Panic At The Disco’s Pretty Odd
I’m still a little bitter that the band I loved to hate became my guilty pleasure. The new album is dripping with Beatles-esque style and pop songs I can’t get out of my head. They lost their exclamation point in the band name, but I’ll give it back to em.

6. Weezer’s Red Album (Side One)
A glorious return to form for Rivers and crew… for the first three songs. “Troublemaker,” “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” and “Pork and Beans” are somewhere between the green and blue album. Then it goes to shit. Only keep listening for “Dreamin'” and bonus track “Miss Sweeney”(A clone of “Suzanne”.)

I wish Rick Rubin could have said…OK we’ve got five songs in the can…now get back to work. Shame.

The Wildcard: Beck’s Modern Guilt
I’m loving this album, but it’s only been a week or two and I’m not ready to place it or talk about it yet. Get it if you haven’t already.

Best of the rest:

7. MGMT- Electric Feel, 8. REM Accelerate 9. My Morning Jacket– Evil Urges 10. Gnarls Barkley- The Odd Couple

I know (and hope) this list is incomplete. There will be many albums I don’t discover for months or years, but here’s a start:

What am i missing that you’ve been rocking to this year?

5 Responses

  1. Matthew Said,

    how dare you put anything above consolers of the lonely!

    elvis costello-momofuko, a throw back to the costello & imposter days. good listening through and through

    was sharon jones album 2008? or spoons gagagaga?

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

  2. Matthew Said,

    nine inch nails- the slip, quite entertaining and i’m not a nine inch nails fan by nature

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

  3. Dankhodge Said,

    Albert Hammond Jr – Como Te Llama
    Circuits – Bright As Midnight
    The Courteenrs – St. Jude
    Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward

    Posted on July 17th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

  4. Matt Said,

    Girl Talk is awesome…

    Posted on July 18th, 2008 at 12:58 am

  5. Matt Said,

    Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
    Viva La Vida – Coldplay
    We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things – Jason Mraz

    Posted on July 18th, 2008 at 12:59 am

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