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Lists! 2008: Albums 40-31 by Barbecue Bros
January 5, 2009, 12:11 pm
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Continuing with albums 40-31…

40. Retribution Gospel Choir – s/t (Caldo Verde)
The more straightforward rock side of Low‘s Alan Sparhawk (though the line between that side and the slowcore side was getting more and more blurred with each Low release before Drums & Guns).

39. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Lie Down in the Light (Spunk)
You know what you are getting with a Bonnie “Prince” Billy album. This is no different, except for maybe a little more more female vocals.

38. Ladyhawk – Shots (Jagjaguwar)
Not quite as strong an album as their self-titled debut, but it can fill a need for crunchy guitar rock when needed.

37. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (Modular Interscope)
Cut Copy
play danceable indie rock that might remind some of LCD Soundsystem, New Order or Daft Punk. Its a fun album that probably should have gotten more play from me during the summer months, “Hearts on Fire” especially.

36. Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
mix up the formula a bit, with a little bit darker feel to many of the songs from the album. “I Will Possess Your Heart”‘s extended intro is almost unrecognizable to Death Cab for Cutie fans, and the lyrics to “You Can Do Better Than Me” and “The Ice Is Getting Thinner” is a bit more resigned than I’ve heard from Ben Gibbard in quite some time.

35. Man Man – Rabbit Habbits (Anti)
Rabbit Habbits is a little more accessible than Man Man‘s previous albums, but not to say thats it is an accessible album for everyone. It still retains an experimental feel overall, though it does have moments like “Doo Right” that are downright doo wop.

34. Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling (Matador)
The latest album from the post-rock is equal parts Rock Action sunniness (“I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead,” “The Sun Smells Too Loud”) and Young Team post-metal (“Batcat”). The resulting album is arguably Mogwai’s strongest effort since 2001’s Rock Action.

33. Gregor Samsa – Rest (Kora)
Virginia post rock band Gregor Samsa tone it way, way down for their latest album, almost to a glacial pace.

32. Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna (Social Registry)
This was another album I heard a little too late in the year, or else it would have had a chance to be much, much higher. A bizarre mix of electro-funk, trip hop, dubstep, grime, and possibly more.

31. Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams (Merge)
This album continues in the direction of 2006’s hyper-literate Destroyer’s Rubies, which was a good thing to me.


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