Jan. 12th, 2009

when_i_go_deaf: (Music Is Life)
OK, couple of weeks late, but here is my annual "best of" for 2008. Same as 2007 this is more a collection of singles and "better late than never" bands in addition to albums that I really enjoyed this year. So, without any further ado, here is...

WIGD's Best Of 2008 )
when_i_go_deaf: (Default)

Fuel - Sunburn (1998)

If there's an album that takes me back to my first summer out of high school it'd have to be this one. "Shimmer" was all over the radio, and a girl I just happened to fancy at work liked them quite a bit too. With that in mind I grabbed a copy of Sunburn, and was quite happy to discover an fairly solid album. Brett Scallion's vocals veer into the nasally and snarly on occasion, but complement the guitar work quite nicely through out the album, especially on "Untitled", "Jesus Or A Gun", and "New Thing". My personal faves are still "Shimmer", "Bittersweet", "Sunburn" and the closer "Hideaway". The band's later albums were all right, but none quite hit it off with me as much as this record did. I still wonder what it would have been like if they had managed to convince Chris Daughtry to join them after Scallions left. Daughtry's rendition of "Hemorrhage" was frickin' awesome...

Give it a try:
"Untitled"
"Bittersweet"
"Shimmer"
"Sunburn"
"New Thing"

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Albums In The Day Index
when_i_go_deaf: (Through The Forest Darkly)
But am the only one who isn't really jumping for joy over the new Animal Collective record? Everyone and their third uncle seems to be "OMGbloodyHELLthisISjustAMAZING" about it, but I've tried listening through it twice with nothing really sticking. "Summertime Clothes" caught my ear briefly, but then it bored me. Am I missing something?(!?!)

I guess we'll find out if I'm truly jaded for the new year's music if the new Andrew Bird, A.C. Newman, Antony & The Johnsons, and Franz Ferdinand fail to make a dent. No way all of those could flunk out too...

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