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12/27/08 at 03:50 PM by Blake Solomon
Moving along with a discussion of my favorite albums, I thought it was important to note a difference of opinion I hold with many listmakers. Most start from 30 and end at 1, but I do it "backwards" by starting at the top. True, there's no big "AHH!" moment after reading, but I think it's important that the first album a person reads is the one you liked the most. People will always stop to read the top of the list, so why not make it the best? Makes sense to me Okay, moving on to number 2 and 3 from my list.

2.) Lydia - Illuminate (Julia's review is wonderful. Please read it in full.)

Probably my favorite album that was ever hyped by this here website. I typically wait for such shenanigans to die down before forming my opinion, but in this case I rushed in and was luckilly greeted with an album that has stood the test of the year. I bought it using our Amazon featuere and I hope you guys will, too. (Link below). The soft but powerful music is wonderful for the colder months, but it also creates a nice change of pace during spring and summer. The female vocals are placed in just the right places and their usage of piano is heartbreaking (in a good, emo way). I wanted to share this record with everyone, and those that heeded my words were overwhelmed with music-induced joy. For a moody and piano-filled journey, look no further than Illuminate

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3.) Foals - Antidotes (Apologies, but it's another one of my reviews. This one came out pretty well, I think. 83% is a very high score from me, and although I gave Mason Proper a higher score, this one is more memorable/replayable and thus places higher on the list. Any mood and this record works, not so with Mason Proper.)

Probably my most unexpected placement in the upper register of the 2008 list. Upon first hearing Antidotes, I simply didn't "get" it. They recited things in other languages, seemingly nonsensical phrases appeared to hold importance to everyone but me. I was lost. Then a fatefully boring day at work in, ironically enough, England, led me to replay this album. I became fully entranced by their bouncing rhythms, interesting take on lyrical passages and a knack for writing catchy songs that catch you by surprise. British accents and horns didn't hurt their case, either. The first half of this album is stronger than the last, but it's so strong that I couldn't deny glory where it's due. For fans of post-punk or bloc party or melodies doused in intelligence by musicmakers who may have actually graduated high school and college (excuse me, Uni). Easily one of the most intriguing albums I've heard in a long time.

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(also, I didn't count off for the horrid album cover. All the artwork for this album blows nuts. But that's not musical and wasn't a part of my critique system.)



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The last part of my top five will be posted tomorrow. Until then, see ya! And make sure to look for all of the staff's list early this week

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