Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Katie Byron's #1 Album of 2008

Well, since I am so late, I will not bore you with repeating much of what's already been said. However, I can't resist to comment that I am surprised how many times Fleet Foxes ended up in the top one or two albums of the year! I must admit, I haven't heard the whole album, but a friend put a few songs on a mix she made me and I didn't find them particularly memorable. In fact, I found one song even annoying (it is one that is in rounds...I don't remember the title). I wasn't reading the track list when I first listened to it, and I thought, "When did My Morning Jacket get so annoying?!" Anyhow, I am sad to say I can't share everyone's enthusiasm for those Foxes that are Fleet.

And now getting to the point, my favorite album of the year:

Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago. A mix between TV on the Radio, Sufjan Stevens, and Owen, Bon Iver is eerily wintry and wonderful. If you haven't heard the back story, Justin wrote this album after breaking up with his band and girlfriend and then isolating himself in his father's hunting cabin in Wisconsin for a few months. The album reeks of snowed-in-cabin, has many ghost-like moments, and will enrapture you with its stream-of-consciousness lyrics. It has been a favorite of mine this year--the favorite--and I highly recommend it.

And as an added bonus, my favorite single of the year: MGMT--Time to Pretend. What a great song. That's all.

13 comments:

Thomas McMahon IV said...

I was really surprised by the vocal similarity to TV on the Radio the first time I heard Bon Iver. It's an interesting contrast with the spare, folksy music. Although, I think I've still only heard one song: "Skinny Love."

I'm also surprised that you don't love Fleet Foxes, Katie.

Katie Byron said...

Well, maybe I should give the album in it's entirety a try. Next time I see you perhaps I can steal it.

Paul said...

You know, I still haven't heard anything by Bon Iver despite the critical acclaim. I need to give it a listen.

Re: Fleet Foxes. The first song I heard by them was also the one that begins w/ the round ("White Winter Hymnal"), and I wasn't that fond of it. I've come to like it more, but I do think most of the album tracks are better than that particular song.

Thomas McMahon IV said...

Man, I think that's one of the best songs on the album.

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