These are the 20 best albums of the year.
After the dense and solemn Crack-Up, Robin Pecknold returns the Fleet Foxes to their roots with an album just as perceptive and thoughtful as their debut.
A dynamite enough collection of songs that it can almost be forgiven the sin of being entirely unnecessary.
Sometimes suffers at the hands of its many fraught layers.
Pecknold may not have said much more than “thank you,” but the very fact he is on the stage again says plenty.
Five years is an eternity in the life of a record.
Fleet Foxes make it sound okay to be unsure.
Five years is an eternity in the life of a record. When coming up with this feature, the question the Spectrum Culture staff pondered was this: “How well do these albums play NOW!” Not five years ago, but how have they aged in our memories. While some acclaimed albums of ’08 remain strong on our list, some critically-lauded ones didn’t …
20. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life [Matador] The most ambitious band to vaguely fit under the description of “hardcore punk” since Refused dissolved, Toronto sextet Fucked Up have outdone themselves with this year’s David Comes to Life. A rock opera is precisely the sort of thing punks set out to kill, but David Comes to Life never wants …
25. St. Vincent – “Surgeon” [4AD] To know Annie Clark is to love her. The versatile songstress and musician has been making indie hearts melt since her time with the Polyphonic Spree, and her 2007 debut Marry Me was beloved for its cheeky sense of humor (see: the album’s “Arrested Development”-inspired title) and the sheer skill she exhibited. She’s released …