Dave Berman’s sixth album wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But those who took to it, let it in, loved it.
Lo-fi alt.country was built on to create a more expansive sound this time. But is it to be their last album? Berman’s certainly hinted at it.
As well as this album, a further EP was released later in the year as their partnership continues to bear fruit beyond their Mercury-nominated debut’s success.
This relatively low-key release from four friends in Southampton, fronted by the Bristolian-meets-Cockney vocals of Megan Thomas, won over some and bemused others but was liked by enough writers to make the Top 50.
But Melbourners Cut Copy’s second album kept the synth sound alive during 2008 with standout tracks Hearts On Fire and Lights And Music.
Where some – we’re looking at you, Ryan Adams – sacrifice quality for the sake of prolific output, this seven-piece formed at Cardiff University have so far done no wrong.
All four members enjoyed writing credits and there were even two covers. Suggestions that they’d lost their muse proved wide of the mark, as songs of the quality of The Greatest Man That Ever Lived testified.
Promotion for the album included YouTube videos of people the band knew performing covers of its songs.
The trancey Untouchable, the knowing lyrics, the infectious hooks… it all added up to another album of feelgood, fulsome chart fodder.
The self-described “panther” made her first album in decades and roped in Tricky, Sly & Robbie and Brian Eno for nine tracks of addictively dark pop.
But enough of our writers remembered Glory Hope Mountain to give Rolf Klausener’s Ottowans a Top 50 placing.