this one just baaaarely sneaks on the list because it truly does have some great moments. most notable are: Kim & Jessie, Graveyard Girl and Too Late. unfortunately, all the good times i had while listening to this one were almost destroyed in one fell bad-concert-experience swoop. "don't go see m83 with high expectations" would be my advice to any and all fans of their music. this was one of my favorite albums of the year at one point. it's sad that the show could bring it down that much, but my fellow show attenders (jeremy and kim) agree: too much pre-programed music and not enough of the great guitar tones found all over the album. good album, m83. i wish i hadn't seen you try to play it. oh, and "up!" is the...worst...song...of the year. i'm still not sure i want it on this list.
9. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
this is a good album by a better band. there, i am now a music writer. it's not as awe-full as their previous album, which blew me away. so, i guess they get to be on this list because i think they have a pretty good collection of songs here that i mostly enjoy. there's no standout like "wolf like me" or "i was a lover", but these guys certainly caught my attention with the furious "dancing choose" among others. their 2006 disc "return to cookie mountain" (ugh, that stupid title) is still their peak so far in my opinion. we'll see where they go from here. there's still lots to love.
8. Azeda Booth - In Flesh Tones
i just heard this album for the first time four or five days before this posting. i think the cover is fairly indicative of the warm pop movements that are found here. this is the kind of album that i can only get in to when i am actively listening, otherwise it tends to blend into the background of whatever else i happen to be doing (driving, list-writing, etc). but when i have taken the time to sit down and hear it, and even though that time has been very little, i have found a gentle familiarity on standout tracks like "i ran", "big fists", and "well" that reminds me of all the reasons i invest time in music. it's the subtle hooks, the changes of pace, the highs and the lows that really pull this album together. they couldn't produce the same effect on their own that they do collectively here, and, to me, that is the art of album-craft.
7. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust