December 22, 2008

'08's Music to Love More Than Music: Like, Pt. 6

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The Billionaires - Really Real for Forever
The charm of this album rode purely on the charm of the first song. It reminded me of Barcelona (The original Barcelona, not these new f*@%ers parading as Barcelona and making some of the worst music ever!) and the subsequent Sprites. Warm, analog-ish synth twee. The lyrics of the first song and how they're delivered make the first song on this album un-miss-able. The rest of the album is a little bit of a let down comparatively though. (see original review)
The Billionaires - The End of the Summer Song

The Electric Six - Flashy
UGH. I ADORE the Electric Six. But not because of anything they've done since 2005 . Their last 3 albums, this one included, have had maybe 2 songs on them that are any fun. This one has a few catchy moments, and it's not terrible. I'm just afraid that they're just going to keep putting out albums such as this and expect that to be fine. best lyrics: "You can clean your kitchen baby."
The Electric Six - Formula 409

The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Heavy Petting
I think the best descriptor for this album is "old timey." I can compare them only to a band from Tempe, AZ called Yourchestra. 1 stand up bass, 1 banjo, 2 kazoos, 1,000,000 awesomeness. As entertaining as they are, the songs got a little old when played in succession, but in doses of 2 or 3, it is just right.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - William Howard Taft

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
A very charging and layered album. You can tell that this album was a labor of love and, if anything, time, because this is a full sounding release. That said, it doesn't sound too full or over produced. I have a feeling that if I were to have given myself more time with this album, it would have ended up higher on my list.
The Last Shadow Puppets - Only the Truth

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