I always find it a bit silly to name one album 'the best album of [insert year]', cause really? Who has heard ALL the albums that were released? Either way, these are my favourite albums of this year. The order can change, but this is how it is today.
The reasons why they are in the list can be different. It can be because the music made me so damn happy, or because it's so beautiful, or I love the style or it gives me such happy memories or whatever.
♫ This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization / It's the sound of the unlocking and the lift away ♫
Bon Iver completely stole my heart with his voice and his lyrics. For Emma, Forever Ago is an utterly gorgeous album with just a guy and his guitar, singing with a ridiculous pretty voice. I saw him live twice this year, with a band and the songs are great that way as well. Bon Iver never fails to make me ache with it's beauty.
Highlights: Flume, Skinny Love & Re:Stacks
♫ And it's the fame that put words in her mouth / She couldn't help, but spit them out ♫
I LOVE The Last Shadow Puppets. I like them way better than the Arctic Monkeys and The Rascals and seeing The Rascals live made me realize what a big influence Miles Kane has on this album. Either way, they sound like the love child of Scott Walker.
Highlights: Standing Next To Me, My Mistakes Were Made For You & Black Plant
♫ Spineless dreamers hide in churches ♫
Keane-boys always make me happy. This album is completely different from the others, but it makes me dance and jump and be silly so that's good. I like how it's influenced by Bowie and the Talking Heads, cause you can't really go wrong with that, can you? Tom's voice is as ridiculously pretty as usual, plus they added Jesse Quin as bassist!
Highlights: Better Than This, You Haven't Told Me Anything, Perfect Symmetry & You Don't See Me
♫ Inní mér syngur vitleysingur ♫(inside me a lunatic sings)
Sigur Rós did it again with an amazing sounding album, that sounds different and just the same like the others. It's seems slightly happier than before, but just as magical. It's really perfect music for cold days and dreamy atmospheres.
Highlights: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur, Gobbledigook & Festival
♫ And if I am a number I'm infinity plus one / and if you are five words you are afraid to be the one ♫
Sia is my discovery of the year. I'm very much in love with her and I hope she will made her way to the Netherlands at some time next year. Her voice is just great and the songs and everything. Plus, her performance in Jools Holland of Buttons (see link) may be The Best Thing Ever.
Highlights: Buttons, Academia, Soon We'll Be Found & The Girl You'll Lost To Cocaine
♫ A man of my calibre stood in the street like a sleepwalking teenager ♫
Oh, Elbow. This is the first album released in the Netherlands, but the first album I've heard was the one before this one: Leaders of the Free World (VERY good). I love this one as well. Guy Garvey has such a good voice and his lyrics are fantastic. It's such a sympathetic band, they are right there with Travis as Nicest Guys On A Stage.
Highlights: Grounds For Divorce, The Bones of You & An Audience With The Pope
♫ Zijn jullie niet van hier? Zijn jullie wel van deze eeuw? ♫
De Kift is a Dutch band from my hometown. Their lyrics are one of the best Dutch lyrics around and they are such a great live act. I'm rather in love with the leadsinger with his dancing. But the sound... they make me really happy. Their sound is like brass band punk. No, really.
Highlights: Knoeck, Record & Heisa-Ho
♫ Through the glory of life / I will scatter on the floor ♫
Nobody does paranoia and creepy as well as Portishead. I never would have thought there would be another album, and especially not that it would be this good. Beth's voice is haunting as ever and the music clean and pulsing. What a wonderful album!
Highlights: Silence, The Rip & We Carry On
♫ Conversations getting dull / There's a constant buzzing in my ears ♫
The first album of The Raconteurs was very Beatles and this one is more Americana. Still a very good album, their voices just fit together and they just make brilliant stuff together. Still miffed I couldn't see them live this year (they played on the same day as Radiohead, so no contest really)
Highlights: Consoler of the Lonely, Old Enough & These Stones Will Shout
♫ You will lift his body from the shore and bring him home ♫
It's very simple with the Fleet Foxes: their voices and harmonies kill me. SO pretty!
Highlights: Quiet Houses, Meadowlarks & Oliver James
Honorouble mentions (click link on albumtitle for favourite song): TV on the Radio – Dear Science, Laura Marling – Alas, I Can Not Swim, Novastar – Almost Bangor, R.E.M. - Accelerate, Lykke Li – Youth Novels, Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple, Neil Young – Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 1968 (can't find it on the Tube. It's On the Way Home).
Haven't heard (yet), but hopeful they are brilliant: David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend, Bellowhead - Matachin
So, dear reader, what was your choice for best music of 2008?