Saturday, December 27

Shout And Twist's Albums Of 2008 - No. 25 to No. 13

25. Thomas Tantrum 'Thomas Tantrum' (Cool For Cats) - Lily who? Mouthy punky spitty angst with bounds of pop sensibility lagging behind.

24. Guns N' Roses 'Chinese Democracy' (Geffen) - 14 years and £13 mill for this? Actually it's good, not great, but good.

23. Fall Out Boy 'Folie A Deux' (Island) - Their best effort to date, sugar-packed with never ending hooks and so.

22. Lightspeed Champion 'Falling Of The Lavender Bridge' (Domino) - The year's weirdest transformation, but almost the best alt.folk piece of work.

21. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip 'Angles' (Sunday Best) - Weird it hasn't truly taken off these two, more than just a 'Thou Shalt' wonder.

20. Sigur Ros 'Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust' (Geffen) - Nobody does it better. A brilliant album.

19. Foals 'Antidotes' (Transgressive) - Another brilliant album, math rock how it should be.

18. The Killers 'Day & Age' (Island) - 'Hot Fuss' was a dazzling first impression, 'Sam's Town' was them transmogrifying, this is them reveling in their own brilliance.

17. Death Cab For Cutie 'Narrow Stairs' (Atlantic) - A superb return, as well as a relief.

16. MGMT 'Oracular Spectacular' (Columbia) - Honestly, progressive isn't the word. Just one of the best pop albums of the year.

15. Hot Chip 'Made In The Dark' (EMI) - Really underrated, also their best effort so far.

14. Ida Maria 'Fortress Round My Heart' (RCA) - Just about rides the right side of the Adele/Duffy line. This girl's got it, for sure.

13. The Notwist 'The Devil, You + Me' (City Slang) - German's best import since the Staedtler eraser.