Thursday, March 06, 2008

Best albums of January - February 2008

What have I been up to in the first couple of months of 2008 you ask? Trying to listen to as many albums from last year as possible in order to perfect the Best of 2007 list, as you can easily understand by taking a look at the Top 20 below. 
Albums by the likes of Magik Markers, Future Of The Left, Black Lips, Holy Fuck, Wu-Tang Clan and several others definitely deserve a place in any self-respecting year-end list. And there will certainly be more late discoveries in next month's list, too. But the first great albums of 2008 start to arrive as well, the best of them being "Neptune", the second full-length by The Duke Spirit. The British band relocated to the California desert to record with Chris Goss the follow up to their amazing 2005 debut "Cuts across the land". The result is the kind of rare, magical desert rock, previously only heard in the Desert Sessions recorded in the same studio with Queens Of The Stone Age and PJ Harvey a few years back. A fact that adds weight to my argument that Liela Moss is the new indie-rock queen and we should all bow down and pay our respects!
Top 20 Albums

1.  Neptune - THE DUKE SPIRIT
2.   Jukebox - CAT POWER
4.   In The Future - BLACK MOUNTAIN
6.   Curses! - FUTURE OF THE LEFT
7.   Good Bad Not Evil - BLACK LIPS
9.   Made In The Dark - HOT CHIP
10. 8 Diagrams - WU-TANG CLAN
11. Pre-Emptive False Rapture - CHROME HOOF
12. Lion The Girl - MIDNIGHT MOVIES
13. Friend And Foe - MENOMENA
14. In Our Bedroom After The War - STARS
15. Wooden Shjips - WOODEN SHJIPS
16. Mirrored - BATTLES
17. Ash Wednesday - ELVIS PERKINS
18. We Can Create - MAPS
19. Attack Decay Sustain Release - SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
20. Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 07 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

The Duke Spirit - The Step and Walk

No comments: