Bons mots

Slips of my tongue

2008: Hear, hear!

I’ve always been more of a movie buff so this should be a list of the best movies I’ve seen in 2008. However, with the exorbitant prices of theatre tickets and my misanthropic dislike of the common theatre-going public, I either wait for my movies to come on The Movie Network or I see them at the reperatory cinemas. That means my list of 2008 would trend heavily with movies that were released in 2007. So, I decided to offer you my list of favourite albums and singles of the year that took my breath away, made me dance like there’s no tomorrow and renewed my faith in an industry that gives the world Lady GaGa and calls Britney Spears a “comback.”

Here are my top eight music faves for 2008, in no particular order. (That would take way too much time and effort for my holiday-atrophied brain.) When compiling this list, I also noticed they provide great background music to either dance or make sweet, sweet love to – or both. Enjoy.

  • Al Green, Lay It Down. He sure did.
  • James Hunter, The Hard Way. A little story: I was in a Starbucks and heard a song I immediately fell in love with. I thought it was from a compilation of rare 60s R&B I wasn’t aware of. It turned out to be a song by a blues musician from Ireland. That song was “The Hard Way”, the title track.
  • Hercules and Love Affair, self-titled. Vocal contributions from Antony Hegarty. Listen to “Blind” and I challenge you not to dance.
  • Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It. Saadiq does it old, old school.
  • Duffy, Rockferry. Girl’s definitely has a voice. She just has to work on her stage presence and she can be a dynamo.
  • Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree. Very chill.
  • Johnny Pate, Outrageous (reissue). Heard this whilst perusing the wares at Soundscapes and bought it on the spot. I wish this was the soundtrack of my life.
  • Otis Redding, Live! In London and Paris and Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul – Collectors Edition (reissue). ‘Natch.

Honourable Mention:

MGMT, Oracular Spectacular.
Lykke Li, Youth Novels.
Q-Tip, Renaissance.
Santogold, self-titled.
ADELE, 19.


What shook your tail this year?



December 31, 2008 - Posted by | About me | ,

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