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The Quietus' Reductive & Subjective Albums Of The Year List: 14 to One
The Quietus , December 9th, 2008 08:22

The Quietus finishes our countdown of the very best albums of 2008. Who will make the top?

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Last week, The Quietus published the first part of our albums countdown, which you can read here. Today, we count down the last fourteen and finally reveal the album that we have pulled out of our pert derrières and deemed to be the 'best' of the year.

Of course, this is entirely meaningless - with music fragmenting more than ever before, putting wildly different records against each other is a bit like giving a salty Cornish yarg (official cheese of the Quietus) props over a stinking stilton. Not chalk and cheese - all music, after all, emerges from the same hamper - but nigh-on impossible to rationally contrast and organise into a convenient, record store-friendly hit parade.

Which is why the Quietus' end of year list is made up of those records that, by our estimation, have made us the most tumescent over the last twelve months. It is entirely undemocratic - the curse of the end of year poll when run on the principles of universal suffrage is that all the interesting records drop to the bottom as the bland-but-ought-to-be-there stuff floats to the top, buoyed by the odd vote here and there.

Instead, the Quietus banished the baying mob of Bon Iver fans [are Bon Iver fans capable of baying? - ED] and locked ourselves in an ivory tower, fortified by Rough Trade coffee to spend, er, all of five minutes conjuring up our list. Just click upon the aesthetically pleasing but also entirely redundant comparison chart of Finnish lighthouses to see what we came up with:

Click the image below for the Quietus' top 14 albums of 2008

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Hugh Platt
Dec 9, 2008 1:30pm

I'd have put the Nadja record higher. It's a mind-breaker.

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sean adams
Dec 9, 2008 1:59pm

wow, i assumed Nick Cave was number 1. good list.

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Karl Sweeney
Dec 9, 2008 4:17pm

No Gang Gang Dance, no Grouper?

Oh well.

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John Doran
Dec 9, 2008 4:25pm

Nadja is in my own personal top three and I like the Gang Gang Dance album but the overall consensus was that it was "too proggy".

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Karl Sweeney
Dec 9, 2008 4:45pm

Fair enough.
Glad to see there's no Bon Iver or F**t F*xes

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Tim Rowe
Dec 9, 2008 10:52pm

I'm not overly convinced by that Fuck Buttons album myself; for me the Carlos Giffoni album delivered more on the noise front. Similarly the Deerhunter album kind of left me feeling cold, I think I preferred them when they were doing more to distort their influences. Sic Alps have delivered on that front this year in my opinion.

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Christopher Cross
Dec 15, 2008 2:50pm

Is the Glasvegas album really the kind of album we need right now? We're fighting two illegal wars that no-one talks about, bailing out banks while unemployment rockets and the icebergs melt, and capitalism fails us again. Good though Glasvegas are, we don't need escapism, we need engagement and inspiration. Have a listen to the album Save The World, Get The Girl by The King Blues and specifically the tracks The Streets Are Ours and What If Punk Never Happened. They say music gets better in a recession and while they may be talking about Glasvegas, they really should be talking about The King Blues.

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John Doran
Dec 15, 2008 3:02pm

FYI: The Glasvegas album isn't escapist. It deals with violence, drinking, dysfunctional family units etc. It deals with the personal rather than the political but that doesn't make it unimportant.

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Christopher Cross
Dec 16, 2008 1:14am

Yes I see what you mean but Luke did use the word "escapist"

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John Doran
Dec 16, 2008 10:25am

Did he? Well I will boil him in oil then.

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David McNamee
Dec 16, 2008 11:43pm

why just the three of you picking the albums? i suppose a smaller consensus base will give you a more different-reading list than the DiS/Pitchfork etc ones, which will almost certainly be pretty identical.

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John Doran
Dec 17, 2008 12:57am

Yeah. We thought it would be more interesting to do it that way and then offer the writers chance to submit whatever list material they wanted themselves. Which is why everyone will get to see your Los Camp top ten.

It was a mixture of necessity (lack of time) and also a desire to poke fun at the idea of end of year lists, especially when some publications obviously spend months on theirs and just end up with such a terrible load of codswallop, clearly trying to second guess readers and placate PR teams.

This was missed by that slow witted divot who writes for The Guardian Guide who managed to slag us off despite us having a fucking top list and strangely not the NME who he writes for or UNCUT, who he wants to write for.

He also called us mildly pompous, which is top of my list of dobberish, hacked out, thick tongued, can I go for a wee now please sir? oxymorons of the year.

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John Doran
Dec 17, 2008 1:01am

I think DiS's list is a good one for their site and readers though. I think there are a good number of curve balls etc. in there. It's too bloggy and American for my tastes but there's nothing wrong with that per se.

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David McNamee
Dec 17, 2008 12:36pm

i haven't actually listened to that Bug album since i wrote the review. must re-discover.

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