Top 10 albums of 2008: part 2 (of 2)

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The final top 5 albums in the ranking.

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#5
Camille
Music Hole

myspace.com/camilleofficial

Music Hole

Music Hole

Even though there is ‘only’ voice and body percussions, and a piano occasionally, the last thing you can say about this album is that it’s boring or monotonous. Every single track has a special vibe that distinguish it from the other ones. Experimental Music Hole is both alternative and pop, dramatic and entertaining. Camille plays with conventions and has a genuine attitude. That’s what I adore her for.

Top 3 tracks: The Monk, Cats and Dogs, Home Is Where It Hurts

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#4
Santogold
Santogold

myspace.com/santigold

Santogold

Santogold

Santogold (now – Santigold) is a special case. It was difficult not to compare her with the other Diplo’s protégé – M.I.A. However, both of them are as indie and loud as they can be, but there are no more similarities. M.I.A. is revolutionary, Santigold is rebellious. What I like about the album the most is the reivented punk energy that explodes out of each track. After so extraordinary debut I can’t wait for more to come.

Top 3 tracks: Unstoppable, I’m a Lady, Creator

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#3
Kate Nash
Made of Bricks

myspace.com/katenashmusic

Made of Bricks

Made of Bricks

This album may be quite controversial in the ranking as it was released in a summertime in 2007. However, I discovered Kate Nash at the very beginning of 2008 and I simply cannot omit Made of Bricks because of: incredibly catchy melodies, adorable London accent, loads of charisma, and brilliant lyrics that convey the spirit of youth – the self-confidence mixes with insecurity, the little big drama mixes with all those silly things.

Top 3 tracks: Foundations, Mariella, Dickhead

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#2
Hercules and Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair

myspace.com/herculesandloveaffair

Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair makes you move your body. If you can resist, you’re a square. Andy Butler chose what was the best in dance music from ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, mixed it all together and added some contemporary vibe. That’s how the masterpiece was born. Antony Hegarty is flawless in such repertoire – thanks to his stunning vocals on just as much stunning track made ‘Blind’ my #1 single of the year. I strongly recommend US version of the album that includes ‘Classique #2’ and ‘Roar’ – these two songs illustrates what I imagine as an ecstasy on a dancefloor just perfectly.

Top 3 tracks: Blind, You Belong, Roar

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#1
Loco Star
Herbs

myspace.com/locostarmusic

Herbs

Herbs

Loco Star’s album moves heart and soul, but it can move the body as well (‘Steppin’’). Marisja conveys a wide range of emotions with her charismatic vocal, and Tomek Ziętek creates a space in music that makes all your thoughts disappear and there is only music in your mind (just listen to ‘Arps’ or ‘Herbs’). I have never experienced before a feeling when music, lyrics and emotions they bring on fill every single cell of my body.
I can honestly say, that Herbs is one of the most important albums of my life.

Top 3 tracks: Arps, Herbs, Steppin’

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If you’ve missed the posts listed below, check them out!

Top 10 albums of 2008: part 1 (of 2)

Top 10 albums of 2008: prologue

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