2008 Your Morning Rock In Review – Matt’s Albums Tuesday, December 16, 2008Posted by Jerkwheat in Your Morning Rock.
Tags: matt_T, Year End Listicles, YMR In Review 2008, Your Morning Rock
It’s time to move onto our midweek YMR contributor, ATL’s finest – the one and only Matt_T. Matt was kind enough to provide a very hearty list of favorite albums and favorite tracks from the past year, so I’ll be splitting it up over the next two days. And I’ll follow suit with the same format on Thursday and Friday. We’re working on a special treat for Friday, so keep your fingers crossed for that as well. It’s either going to be brilliant, absurd, awful, or all of the above. In the meantime, let’s reflect on the albums of 2008 with Mr. Matt…
2008 was a fantastic year of music. I consumed more new music this year than I ever have before. And I still missed a lot of good stuff that was out there.
My favorite albums:
1. Stay Positive – The Hold Steady.
There hasn’t been a week that’s gone by since this has been released that I haven’t listened to it at least twice. This is what rock should be, fantastic rifs, singalong songs, stories told and a good mixture of songs. Even their ballads come off well, instead of forced and cheesy like most power ballads.
2. Narrow Stairs – Death Cab for Cutie.
This album is beautiful. The production is amazing, it just sounds great. Gibbard as always has fantastic lyrics. It feels like you are actually involved with the characters he sings about.
3. Only by the Night – Kings of Leon.
A little different than previous albums, but a step forward. Caleb has a haunted voice that works really well on this album. It was nice to see them get some recognition for this album and appear on Gossip Girl. Even though Caleb told me he was against it, but he got out voted.
4. Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket
Like the KoL, MMJ took a different approach on this album. Its got the standard MMJ songs, which are great as always, but the experimentation and funkiness of this album is very enjoyable. yes the lyrics are stupid and nonsensical on “Highly Suspicious” but James commits to it, and it works.
5. Cardionology – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals.
Fantastic song writing on this album from Mr. Adams. He works well with the Cardinals. Great for listening on a Sunday morning.
Best of the Rest:
Not Animal – Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs
Volume One – She & Him
Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis
Mission Control – The Whigs