Best Overlooked Albums of '08

Catfish Haven and El Perro Del Mar in top 10
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 2:15 PM CST

Catfish Haven's Devastator tops Spin's year-end list of overlooked albums. George Hunter's "old-soul blues exposes other rock'n'roll kings as pretenders to the crown." The top 10:

  1. Catfish Haven, Devastator: Hunter's voice is "a husky amalgam of Joe Cocker's world-weary croon and Bill Medley's baritone bombast."
  2. El Perro Del Mar, From the Valley to the Stars: "A challenging and introspective set," but you can also "dance, dance, dance."
  3. Flowers Forever, Flowers Forever: Some songs "veer sharply into aggressive garage rock," while others are "part acid trip, part barroom blues."
  4. The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound: Jersey boy Brian Fallon's "heartfelt, punk-tinged tunes" make him possibly this decade's next best thing to the Boss.

  1. The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead: "Possibly the year's best 'headphones' album."
  2. Human Highway, Moody Motorcycle: "Feels like beach-side bonfire jam sessions."
  3. Ida Maria, Fortress Around My Heart: "Norwegian pop-punk lady's debut is riotous yet affectionate."
  4. Kassin +2, Futurismo: "This eclectic set—sung in Portuguese" is "equal parts chill-out and freak-out."
  5. Land of Talk, Some Are Lakes: "Derives fortitude from Elizabeth Powell's hyper-melodious voice and undeniable songcraft."
  6. The Week That Was, The Week That Was: "On par with '80s aesthetes like Tears for Fears and Crowded House."
To hear samples, click below.
(Read more Best of 2008 stories.)

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