Blender's Top 33 of 2008

A Blender Magazine publicou sua lista de melhores álbuns de 2008 e mesmo não tendo a revista o mesmo perfil de nossos leitores, resolvi reproduzi-la aqui, por pura curiosidade. Veja mais detalhes no site da Blender.

1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
It didn’t seem possible, but Lil Wayne found whole new ways to shock people this year. For one thing, he actually released an official album, generously cutting his label in on mixtape-fueled fan frenzy. But he also got even crazier, indulging the depraved depths of an imagination nobody can match. He kicks it like a sensei all over this instant classic, whether he’s operating on hip-hop in “Dr. Carter” or spitting Alcatraz bars in the goth guitar ballad “Shoot Me Down”—and no matter who remixes our song of the year, “A Milli,” Weezy sounds tougher than Nigerian hair.

2. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
Through the magic of laptop mixology, Gregg Gillis comes on like a wedding DJ from Alpha Centauri, sampling hip-hop and rock and cheesy pop at warp speed until it turns into time-tripping group-sex fan fiction: Jay-Z meets Radiohead! Styx meet Janet Jackson! Rod Stewart meets Rich Boy! Sometimes it’s bizarrely moving, as when he loops UGK’s “Int’l Players Anthem” over a Journey piano solo. Releasing this gem online the week after he finished it, Gillis reminds copyright lawyers to stay off his back or he will attack, and you don’t want that.

3. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
War, financial collapse, Sarah Palin. The coolest band in NYC faced a scary year by throwing a party at the edge of the abyss. Singers Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe soulfully evoked the “end of forever,” and producer Dave Sitek wrought an anxious, shape-shifting future funk. But the secret was thick, juicy songs that transcended the arty putzing of previous TVOTR records to shout down the whore of Babylon with dire urgency.

4. Metallica, Death Magnetic
In 2008, Metallica rediscovered the furious teenage versions of themselves deep in the shag of Rick Rubin’s beard. This return to the Land of Shred doesn’t just pick up wheretheir precision-tooled metal left off years ago, it returns harder and sometimes even faster. Kirk Hammett rips like a school of piranha, James Hetfield bellows with a finesse he developed in their squishier era and the whole album crackles like a backyard lightning strike.

5. Hot Chip, Made in the Dark
These U.K. synthesizer-rock noodlers used to work a Jekyll & Hyde dynamic: Their albums were careful, crafty; their live shows were Patrick Ewing–sweaty. On their third album—inspired, they say, by metal and R. Kelly—Hyde hits the dance floor and humps Jekyll’s girlfriend. This is sexy robot disco sporting a low-end a mile wide. Alexis Taylor coos and croons politely over the impolite thump. His proudly nerdy, left-field subjects—great friendships and the life lessons to be gleaned from old WWE matches—keep the party delightfully off-kilter.

6. Robyn, Robyn
Ten years ago, this Swedish R&B girlie shared a producer with Britney Spears, had a couple of hits and ended up on the scrap pile of discarded blondes. This assertive bow shot is her from-nowhere comeback. Breathy and tough, riding sparks and jolts of electro pop, she lifts her skirt and offers a “taste of vanilla” but also talks gutter—at least, as gutter as they talk in Sweden. She also gets sweet, offering to knit and bake for a dude who’s broke but can make her vanilla melt.

7. Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping
The weirder Kevin Barnes gets, the more fun this Georgia band’s records become. Here, he’s having a personality crisis—his falsetto-crooning alter ego Georgie Fruit, a “black she-male,” has mostly taken over—and he’s so obsessed with sex he can’t think straight. The result is a nonstop suite of twitchy, horny, peculiar songs that constantly change direction, most often into psychedelic glam-rock or pitter-patting synth-pop, but keep swerving back toward the dance floor.

8. Randy Newman, Harps and Angles
Part satirist, part sentimentalist, Newman disguises his poisonous attacks as brief monologues by (hilariously) horrible men. His favorite joke is that, as tenderly as he croons and drawls, these characters—oligarchs, aging sleazebags, well-intentioned racists, Republicans—are going to hell when they die. But his lush, sweet-country- and Dixieland-tinted orchestrations are expert and adoring, and this brief album’s two straightforward love songs are among his most unguarded.

9. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
At Columbia University, these Topsider-rocking smarties boned up on postcolonial theory, West African beats and fly WASP honeys with Martha’s Vineyard summer homes—their findings are collected on this debut, which cheekily narrates a life of blueblood globe-trotting, hyper-literacy and lust while Afropop guitars bubble, harpsichords crinkle and beats bop. “M79” traipses from Central Park to the Khyber Pass. This isn’t trust-fund tourism, though: They invoke Cape Town as lovingly and knowingly as they do Cape Cod.

10. Fall Out Boy, Folie A Deux
Has Pete Wentz ever posed for one of those posters that encourage kids to R-E-A-D? The FOB lyricist is Gen Y’s most word-crazy rock star, brimming with puns, self-reflexive nods and homespun koans. Here he adds smack-you-in-the-face slogans to his arsenal: “Boycott love!” “Detox just to re-tox!” “If home is where the heart is then we’re all just fucked!” The arrangements are luxuriously overblown, the guitars Who-jumbo, Patrick Stump’s sing-alongs plentiful and plump—a perfect balance between neurosis and swagger.

11. Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs
12. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
13. Al Green, Lay It Down
14. Jenny Lewis, Acid Toungue
15. Bon Iver, For Emma
16. Be Your Own Pet, Get Awkward
17. Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst
18. Ponytail, Ice Cream Spiritual
19. Katy Perry, One of the Boys
20. Wale, Mixtape About Nothing
21. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah: Pt. One (4th World War)
22. Coldplay, Viva La Vida
23. The Cool Kids, The Bake Sale
24. The Roots, Rising Down
25. Santogold, Santogold
26. Usher, Here I Stand
27. Mariah Carey, E=MC2
28. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash
29. Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It
30. Young Jeezy, The Recession
31. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
32. Taylor Swift, Fearless
33. Hayes Carll, Trouble in Mind

BONUS: Blender’s Top Songs of 2008
1. Lil Wayne - A Milli
2. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
3. Flo Rida - Low
4. Estella & Kanye West - American Boy
5. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
6. T.I. & Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne - Swagga Like Us

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