It's always better on holiday
Today, I'm wrapping up my favourite ten albums of the year. There are only three left to go!
Ratatat - Ratatat:
What was it about the music in old video games that made it so memorable? Limited to only a couple of channel's worth of clicks and beeps, guys like Koji Kondo were forced to rely on simple, incredibly catchy melodies and counter melodies to craft songs that you will carry with you to your deathbed. Ratatat fully embraces the spirit of that music, right down to the simple, square synth lines and sparse, almost symbol-free drum beats. Then they throw in the power guitar. It's like discovering a secret Mario soundtrack you somehow never knew of before... being covered by Daft Punk. Awesome.
Highlights: Seventeen Years, Breaking Away, El Pico.
The Living End - Modern Artillery:
This Australian band continues to rock my face off. In terms of genre, they lie somewhere between bands like Sloan and bands like Green Day... rock and roll with tweaks towards pop and pop-punk. In terms of songwriting chops and technical proficiency, they are light years ahead of most of the other bands playing this kind of music right now. Shout chorus! Guitar solo!
Highlights: Jimmy, One Said to the Other, What Would You Do?
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand:
So hey, apparently these guys have gotten pretty popular! I definitely did not see that one coming. But good for them -- they deserve it. I'm sure by now you have heard their energetic mix of Strokes-esque rock, Brit-pop and dance music on the radio. Well, take my word for it: every single track on this album lives up to the promise of its singles. This is the closest thing I have to an absolute favourite album of the year.
Highlights: Jacqueline, Michael, Dark of the Matinee.
Well, that's it for my ten favourite albums of 2004. Thanks for reading/tolerating!