Friday, December 19

Shout And Twist's Albums Of 2008 - No. 78 to No. 67

78. Laura Marling ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’ (Virgin) – Look, she’s amazing okay. There’s just not enough ‘songs’ on here.

77. Johnny Foreigner ‘Waited Up Til It Was Light’ (Best Before) – Not just Los Camp! spin-offs, but a band in their own right!

76. Ra Ra Riot ‘The Rhumb Line’ (V2) – Some sweet violins and acoustic strings, all for the good of pop sensibility.

75. Snow Patrol ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ (Fiction) – Either this sounds exactly like the previous one or I really don’t get this.

74. Weezer ‘The Red Album’ (Geffen) – By history Cuomo and co are geniuses, but the shifts in this album’s path don’t come off.

73. Frank Turner ‘Love Ire & Song’ (Xtra Mile) – Born in Bahrain, educated at Eton and pretty darn special by way of this.

72. The Gaslight Anthem ‘The ’59 Sound’ (XOXO) – Layered, catchy but just a tad bit samey.

71. The Little Ones ‘Morning Tide’ (Heavenly) – It’s like they threw all their best stuff on the EP, but only a few for the album.

70. Fighting With Wire ‘Man Vs Monster’ (Smalltown) – The hard-work will pay off, but the album is alright at best.

69. Kids In Glass Houses ‘Smart Casual’ (Warner) – Pretty decent debut but could do without the spun-off scene.

68. The Last Shadow Puppets ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ (Domino) – Great idea, great image, good album.

67. Albert Hammond Jr ‘Como Te Llama’ (Rough Trade) – Not as good as the first but still a decent effort.