Saturday, January 10, 2009

beST MUSIC of 2008

Manu Chao: Clandestino ('98) Ten years old? Who cares? This one's every bit as good as the better known Proxima Estacion...

Bryan Ferry: As Time Goes By ('99) Not sure how this gem slipped by unnoticed... Here we have the retro core of the man unplugged and channeling Cole Porter.

Rough Guide to the Asian Underground ('03) A long, many layered series of noises that will take forever to digest...

B-52's: Funplex ('08) Amazing. These guys picked up exactly where they left off with 1992's Good Stuff, as though frozen in a time capsule, and like a fine wine got even better.

Amadou & Miriam: Dimanche a Bamako ('05) Blind duo from Mali, teamed up with Manu Chao to create a long, lively set of African pop.


At 11:33 AM, Blogger PABLO GAZPACHOT said...

The Ferry album has some highpoints - namely "Miss Otis Regrets" "You Do Something to Me" and "Sweet and Lovely" and I applaud the effort. Critically speaking, the vocal sounds way too disembodied from the orchestration (which is excellent). I would have had him sing live in the room with the musicians rather than from the end of a dock in the Bahamas or wherever he was - it would have made for a more integrated and enjoyable musical experience for me. Still this project is an essential pole holding up the Ferry tent. For his next outing, I'd like to see him team up with Amadou and Miriam.

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