Sweeping The Nation - UK Blogger Albums Of 2008 Poll Results
Regular readers will know of our passion for Sweeping The Nation's mission - less a blog more a life's work -
tracking and auditing the taste maker's tastes. Their first post of the year uncovers their Blogger's Album Of The Year Poll which this year we've kindly been asked to contribute to. This Town Needs Guns' debut album 'Animals' in at Number 42.
[all words by Simon STN]
50 Bloc Party - 'Intimacy'
49 Atlas Sound - 'Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel'
48 School Of Seven Bells - 'Alpinisms'
47 Julian Cope - 'Black Sheep'
46 Meursault - 'Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues'
45 Hot Chip - 'Made In The Dark'
44 Cadence Weapon - 'Afterparty Babies'
43 Marine Stern - 'This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That'
42 This Town Needs Guns - 'Animals'
41 Lightspeed Champion - 'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge'
40 These New Puritans - 'Beat Pyramid'
39 Cut Copy - 'In Ghost Colours'
38 Neon Neon - 'Stainless Style'
37 Starkey - 'Ephemeral Exhibits'
36 Hello Saferide - 'More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide'
35 No Age - 'Nouns'
34 The Wave Pictures - 'Instant Coffee Baby'
33 Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends'
32 James Yorkston - 'When The Haar Rolls In'
31 Sigor Ros - 'Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust'
30 Wild Beasts - 'Limbo, Panto'
29 Metronomy - 'Nights Out'
28 Gang Gang Dance - 'Saint Dymphna'
27 Fuck Buttons - 'Street Horrrsing'
26 Flying Lotus - 'Los Angeles'
25 Deerhunter - 'Microcastle'
24 MGMT - 'Oracular Spectacular'
23 Johnny Flynn - 'A Larum'
22 British Sea Power - 'Do You Like Rock Music?'
21 Lindstorm - 'Where You Go I Go Too'
20 Why? - 'Alopecia'
Yoni Wolf and co may have drifted even further away from their hip hopgrounding but their analogue folk beats with stories don't really soundlike anyone else.
Video: "Song Of The Sad Assassin"
19 Glasvagas - 'Glasvegas'
The Jesus & Mary Chain's feral Spectorisms are shotgun wed to JamesAllan's proudly broad accent and intensely detailed raw stories ofmasculinity and murder.
Video: "Daddy's Gone"
18 M83 - 'Saturdays = Youth'
Anthony Gonzalez's fuzzy invocations of youthful joy and growing painssidestepped merely rehashing a 1980s youth, despite being perhaps themost 80s sounding album here.
Video: "Kim And Jessie"
17 Lykke Li - 'Youth Novels'
Thisyear's big Swedish pop achiever, sounds simultaneously like a set ofbig modern pop statements and a series of understated, intricatelyarranged pocket symphonies.
Video: "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
16 Laura Marling - 'Alas I Cannot Swim'
It became obligatory to mention her age (born 1990) in reviews, but thisrichly detailed collection of fully developed wistfulness would be anachievement whatever.
15 Foals - 'Antidotes'
Teaching the indie kids to dance again, just to something fairly different,marrying punk-funk rhythms, Afrobeat guitars, mathrock technicalitiesand dancefloor propulsiveness.
14 Frightened Rabbit - 'The Midnight Organ Fight'
Selkirk's finest have been threatening to raise both stakes and roof with theiremotive bombast, and with this level of open vein lyricism and soulfulhooks they stepped up a gear.
Video: "Head Rolls Off"
13 The Hold Steady - 'Stay Positive'
Less Springsteen, more Replacements; less participatory in drinking andcarousing, more observation and wondering where they're going to endup. Still sounding tailormade for bigger venues.
Video: "Stay Positive"
12 The Indelicates - 'American Demo'
Who says music doesn't encourage thinking any more? Intelligent, scabrous,impassioned, thought provoking diatribes about off-menu subjects for2000s indie pop.
11 Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip - 'Angles'
Thou Shalt Always Kill sounded like a one-off but they proved otherwise;Pip's streams of thought, ideas and arguments to fall over each other,Le Sac handles the glitch sample backing.
Video: "Letter From God To Man"
10 Santogold - Santogold
MIA's early patronage was evident on Santi White's debut, but so was awkwardretro-futurist electro-pop, Blondieish pop, reggae and lover's rock,new wave, Grace Jones sterile funk and all stylistic points west.
Video: "L.E.S. Artistes"
9 Late Of The Pipe - Fantasy Black Channel
Takingon not just the day-glo ruins of nu-rave but also the early 80s synthsand giving them a post-punk inflected twist, indie kids hadn't given upon giving the dancefloor a good postmodern shaking up yet.
8 Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
You'dhave got long odds on Crosby, Stills & Nash proving such aninfluence in 2008, but these soaring, emotive harmonies recalled themamong many an Americana pop influence.
Video: "White Winter Hymnal"
7 Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...
Awkward, individual and unwilling to use one voice and instrument where sevenwill do, their airtight indie pop exploded out at every angle withheads down no nonsense social aphorisms and tunnel vision joyfulness.
Video: "My Year In Lists"
(Ed.note - 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed' was not counted for the poll as the band themselves don't consider it a proper album for some reason,and also splitting the vote would have got messy)
6 TV On The Radio - 'Dear Science'
TVOTR didn't so much go commercial as watch commercial catch up with them andthen delicately step to the side, taking on loved up funk and consciousdisco alongside the production tricks, soundscapes and social paniclyrics.
Video: "Dancing Choose"
5 Vampire Weekend - 'Vampire Weekend'
London bands deny their class; New Yorkers glory in it. Collegiate kidsrunning hi-life and Afrobeat into Talking Heads post-punk, unafraid towrite about punctuation or employ a harpsichord, this debut was anoff-kilter joy.
Video: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
4 Portishead - 'Third'
Completely destroying the dinner party cliche, eleven years on from their lastalbum the trio moved on from psychic dancehalls to chambers of horror,evoking 60s electronic experimentalists, dark industrial dub, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and folk gothic soundtracks.
Video: "The Rip"
3 Johnny Foreigner- 'Waited Up Til It Was Light'
Visceral in a completely different way to TVOTR, the Birmingham trio took ontricks from post-hardcore, Chicago math-punk and British mid-90sawkward indie underachievers and packaged it up into full-on harmoniousriots of excitable pyrotechnics and unexpected touches.
Video: "Salt, Peppa And Spinderella"
2 Bon Iver - 'For Emma, Forever Ago'
The story of Justin Vernon in the snowbound wood cabin has been well told,but it explains the resultant isolatory chill of these songs, Vernon'ssoulful falsetto and brittle guitar framing desolate heartbreak andredemptive resolve. Many were instantly seduced.
Video: "The Wolves (Act I & II)"
1 Elbow - 'The Seldom Seen Kid'
You'd do well to find a more liked winner of the Mercury Prize winner,sweeping aside 'thinking man's Coldplay' comparisons by making thegiant step up, making everything that little bit less universal (bar One Day Like This) and rediscovering Guy Garvey's strengths as aninventive, fragile writer, producing a set of heartfelt pain and joy.
Video: "Grounds For Divorce"
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- 4 Or 5 Magicians
- Alan MX
- An Emergency
- And So I Watch You From Afar
- Axis Of
- Burning Alms
- Clone Quartet
- Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea
- Die! Die! Die!
- Fickle Public
- Fighting With Wire
- Hooray For Humans
- Jetplane Landing
- Let Our Enemies Beware
- Little Bear
- The Moi Non Plus
- More Than Conquerors
- Negative Pegasus
- Our Krypton Son
- Public Service Broadcast
- Sullivan And Gold
- This Town Needs Guns
- Various Artists
- We Versus The Shark
- The Young Playthings