As promised, the final fight. I have once again two albums that made a big impression this year. Let’s take a look at the contestants:
In the blue corner, we have the Australians Youth Group with their latest baby, The Night Is Ours. And in the red corner, Scots Glasvegas are getting ready with their stunning, self-titled debut. Let the games begin!
Good Time – Flowers And Football Tops
Although Good Time is merely an intro, this point goes to the Youth Group just for the fact that singer Toby Martin perfectly defines the things to come with his vocals.
1 : 0
One For Another – Geraldine
There’s no way around social-worker Geraldine; one of the best songs this year.
1 : 1
Two Sides – It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
Another point for Glasvegas… the song just bursts with energy!
1 : 2
Dying At Your Own Party – Lonesome Swan
My favourite song from The Night Is Ours, so clearly this point goes to Australia.
2 : 2
All This Will Pass – Go Square Go
Hard one… Go Square Go is another perfect piece of music, but All This Will Pass has one of the most memorable lines. One for Australia.
3 : 2
Friedrichstrasse – Polmont On My Mind
Hmmm… I have to give this one to Youth Group, too. It has a great build-up and perfect lyrics.
4 : 2
A Sign – Daddy’s Gone
Musically, I’d have to choose A Sign, but Daddy’s Gone is one of the top-songs on the Glasvegas album.
4 : 3
Babies In Your Dreams – Stabbed
I think Babies… is a great song, but has just a tiny bit too much Kitsch in it. Stabbed on the other hand is a reduced and gripping gem… Scotland gets the point!
4 : 4
In My Dreams – S.A.D. Light
A great chorus against a rather depressing tune; my heart just beats more for In My Dreams.
5 : 4
What Is A Life? – Ice Cream Van
Two perfect album closers; Ice Cream Van is nice, but could also have been a Hidden Track, while What Is A Life? brings the whole album to a perfect ending. Australia it is!
6 : 4
So here we are; technically, Youth Group has more points. But I’ll give Glasvegas one more for the release of their great Christmas EP, A Snowflake Fell. Still, there’s one point missing for the top spot, so the winner of Music Of The Moment’s Best Album Of 2008 is
Glasvegas is very very very close behind, and would have been a worthy winner as well. They definitely have a bright future ahead of them!
And like last year, there was one album that slipped in last minute, and could have been another contender for the top spot if it were around a bit longer (better said, if I had discovered it earlier). So here’s the honorable mention of
A great album that needs some time, but rewards you with some of the most beautiful tunes you’ll ever hear. And like Glasvegas, the album is now available with an additional Christmas EP; not to be missed!
That concludes the Best-Of-lists for this year; I sadly won’t be able to list my favourite songs, but if you check my Last.FM-account or re-read the blog, you’ll find out what I loved in 2008. Here’s to a great music-year!