Bag Of Songs Top 25 Albums of 2008 : 11 to 15

January 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Number 11 to 15 of the BOS top 25 albums today, stay tuned for the top ten coming up soon.

15 Duffy – Rockferry [BUY]
Mercy may be the best single of the year, but is not necessarily typical of the rest of this disc which takes a slightly more low key approach and harkens back to 60’s soul singers like Petula Clark, or to a lesser extent Dusty Springfield. Bolstered by solid songs like the the title track and the excellent Warwick Avenue it’s a great kick back and listen record.

Duffy – Mercy
Bonus Duffy – Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip Cover)

14 The Hymns – Travel In Herds [BUY]
The Hymns also had one of the great singles of 2008 with the horn laced I Can’t Be What You Want, and the rest of the disc runs deep with equally great songs from The Velvets Meet CCR rocker Streets Alone, to the country tinged Off My Mind. Another one of the overlooked gems of 2008.

Hymns – I Can’t Be What You Want

13 The Hold Steady – Stay Positive [BUY]
After the pretty much perfect Boys And Girls in America, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this being a bit of a letdown. I anticpated this ending up in my top three for the year,and with the exception of a clunker or two the songs are all there, but where this really lost points for me is the overly loud muddy production that makes it near unlistenable. I haven’t been able to sit and listen to this all the way through because after two or three songs I get ear fatigue so bad I need to put something else on. Be sure to track toown the version with the three bonus tracks Ask Her for Adderall,Cheyenne Sunrise and Two Handed Handshake.

The Hold Steady – Slapped Actress

12 No Age – Nouns [BUY]
Unlike the Hold Steady record which tried to be loud and faltered, this record sounds better the louder you play it. Sculpting a wall of sound reminiscient of Husker Du or Sonic Youth into catchy melodic songs, this record is filled with the joyful catharsis of playing loud electric guitar.

No Age – Sleeper Hold

11 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing [BUY]
The years best record of pure ear candy, indie influenced power pop at it’s best. It’s a record chock full of hooks and harmonies, finding just the right balance between quirky and super catchy.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Glue Girls

Just Some Midweek Randomness

April 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A random ten to listen to as you meander your way through the middle of the week and on towards the weekend. Zen.

The Feelies – Slipping Into Something
Buy The Good Earth
Joy Division – Colony
Buy Closer
RunRunner – Bad Timing
Buy RunRunner
Elbow – Grounds For Divorce
Buy The Seldom Seen Kid
Duffy – Mercy(Rwemix)
Buy Rockferry
Expecting Rain – Not Otherwise Specified
Get St Cecilia Sound System
Billy Bragg – The Beach Is Free (solo version)
Buy Mr Love And Justice
Adele – Crazy For You
Buy 19
Seu Jorge – Fiore de la Citta
Buy Cru
Midlake – Roscoe (acoustic)
Buy The Trials Of Van Occupanther

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

February 28, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Hot. Hot. Hot. Get up and shake your thing because this song absolutely smokes. It’s the brand new Duffy single, the retro soul Mercy, as performed on Later With Jools Holland.