Favorite Album of 2008

I started hearing singles from Elbow's "The Seldom Seen Kid" on a local radio station and was eventually earwigged by track number two, "The Bones of You". This is not a new band, but this is their first album that's entirely self-produced, and it's been winning them praises and prizes from all corners. I just thought I'd throw my hat in.

The music on this album is strong, and the lead singer's voice is wonderful, with a timbre that really catches me. The lyrics are as amazingly poetic as any I've heard in recent years, and are really what sucked me into this album.

I mostly enjoy instrumental music, becuase most lyrics are just noises being made by the singer to go along with the music. These lyrics really dug into me, though. Lyrics like: "Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day", "We kissed like we invented it", and "We'll buy him the patch in the Tuscany hills, and the vino de vici will flow like a river in spring."

I'm hooked. Hooked, I tell you. Time to start searching for their previous albums.

2008.12.09 at 12:00am EST