KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 2008 NSFW

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Remember when I said 2005 was a brutal year and there was hardly enough great albums to make up the list and instead of having to cut so many albums I was desperately looking to make the numbers up? Yea……ENJOY!.

 

 

35.Pete Rock-NY’s Finest

The talented proucer/MC made his first solo album in four years and it was filled with soulful hip hop with a love for Motown music. Plenty of guest appearances from the likes of Raekwon and Slum Village  help add the variety.

Highlights-“That’s What I’m Talking About” “914”

 

34.Children Of Bodom-BloddrunkMore ridiculously over the top melodramatic metal from the Finnish maddies. Synths and strings add to the cinematic drama. No doubt used a lot in anime….I just get that feeling.

Highlights-“Banned From Heaven” “Blooddrunk”

 

33.Goldfinger-Hello Destiny

To this date this is the band’s final album and something tells me they knew that’d be the case as it has similar art and sound to their 1996. A full circle back to their punk and ska sound that made them such a popular band in the scene.

Highlights-“Goodbye” “If I’m, Not Right”

 

32.Nine Inch Nails-Ghosts V I-IV

A proggy as hell album with 36 tracks that basically equate to one song. Very atmospheric and…..definitely self masturbatory but the instrumental mood music is definitely an adventure.

Highlights-“27 Ghosts” “5 Ghosts”

 

31.KMFDM-Brimborium

A remix album featuring most of the band’s popular songs from over the years. It’s a lot less guitar influenced with the remixers focusing more on the dance and techno beats which is fine but I would have prefered them to include many of the great riffs from the band.

Highlights-“Headcase” “I Am What I Am”

 

30.Buckethead-Enter The Chicken

The virtuoso guitarist with a KFC bucket on his head is at it again with  a wacky bunch of avant garde metal songs released on Serj Tankian’s (System Of A Down singer) label Serjical Strike. A couple of songs appear on the excellent Mick Garris produced tv series Masters Of Horror.

Highlights-“We Are One” “Three Fingers”

 

29.Motorhead-Motorizer

Their 19th album….jeezo. Although they were coming towards the end of their run they still had hi-octane furious rock. Lemmy and co kept on rocking till the very end and this album was just as fast and hard as many of the others.

Highlights-“Rock On” “Teach You How To Sing The Blues”

 

28.Soulfly-Conquer

Taking less of a two note nu metal influence and going for an early Sepultura, Slayer sound with thrash, death and groove metal all pound their way out of the speakers with Max Cavalera’s distinctive growl setting the tone.

Highlights-“Blood Fire War Hate” “For Those About To Rot”

 

27.The Offspring-Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace

I always liked The Offspring but it’s weird because pretty much everyone who was into the 3rd wave of punk loved them and I just kinda….liked them. So by 2008 when I was fully burnt out and disillusioned with music I didn’t even take any notice of this album at all. Going back a couple of years ago when I got a second wind and stopped being so childish about everything I found out it’s actually a solid record.

Highlights-“Kristy, Are You Doing Ok?” “Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom”

 

26.Ministry-Cover Up

The music world is running out of titles for cover albums. We’ve had On The Cover, Under The Covers, Cover Me Bad (I might have made that one up…..and I’m trademarking it if I did) etc. Anyway it’s the popular industrial band and drug enthusiasts Ministry doning the covers this time and there’s a fun selection from the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Highlights-“Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones” “What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong”

 

25.H2O-Nothing To Prove

The New York melodic hardcore band’s first album in seven years is a cracker with their usual chant along anthems about family, friendship and doing the right thing. Don’t know i they are still a straight edge band but that used to be their thing.

Highlights-“Unconditional” “1995”

 

24.Wiley-Grime Wave

Grime is actually a genre that is woefully underused in these lists as it’s actually something I enjoy quite a bit but much like happy hardcore you need to sieve through the endless amounts of crap to get to the good stuff (for me anyway). Not quite hip hop, not quite garage, grime is a British movement of underground, mainly black artists that has done an amazing job of growing as a grass roots genre. The similarities in that sense to punk rock is maybe what endears me so much to it. Wiley is one of best in the game.

Highlights-“If You’re Going Out I’m Going Out Too” “Fire Ain’t Burning No More”

 

23.Ne-Yo-Year Of The Gentleman

Supposedly wanting to take a different direction and pay homage to crooners like The Rat Pack, Ne-Yo released his third album and t o be hones I didn’t notice a massive change. That’s not a bad thing as I really enjoy his smooth R and B love songs. There’s something genuine and real about his work and it’s all very well produced.

Highlights-“Mad” “So You Can Try”

 

22.Q-Tip-The Renaissance

The charismatic A Tribe Called Quest’s second solo album received widespread acclaim for it’s production and lyricism. Tip’s laid back flow has always been appealing to me since I was a nipper in the early 90s and although his first album took a turn in a direction I wasn’t a fan of, this one is excellent.

Highlights-“Renaissance Rap” “Won’t Trade”

 

21.No Use For A Name-The Feel Good Record Of The Year

The final album the prolific 3rd wave punk band made before the untimely death of frontman Tony Sly due to an accidental overdose. He was a hugely loved member of the punk community and his loss was felt in a big way. The album is filled with his usual great song writing and emotional output.

Highlights-“Yours To Destroy” “Night Of The Living Living”

 

20.Nerf Herder-IV

Catchy, funny nerd rock from the sci fi loving Californians that always puts a smile on my face. It’s hard not to like their harmless pop rock as it’s just so goofy and fun with often hilarious lyrics ad catchy choruses.

Highlights-“I’m Not A Loser” “Garage Sale”

 

19.Weezer-Weezer (The Red Album)

The Red Album is probably the likeable band’s most experimental album but they do it in a way that is generally subtle and if you’re not overly used to their stuff it may not be noticeable. There’s a song that encompasses several different genres over a few minutes, each member of the band gets lead vocal duties as opposed to just Rivers Cuomo and it all ends up making for a fun album.

Highlights-“Dreamin'” “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”

 

18.GZA-Pro Tools

Wu Tang member GZA The Genius releases his first solo album in 6 years and it’s a great call back to thegritty, minimalist 90s sound that defined his group. As the hip hop world got more and more soulless and full of smoke and mirror tactics to disguise lack of talent GZA kept it simple and showed what he can do. A fantastic MC.

Highlights-“Alphabets” “Pencil”

 

17.The Living End-White Noise

It had been happening for a hwile but this album takes a drastic turn into a different musical direction. Not to say that’s a bad thing and it’s actually some of their strongest songwriting in quite some time. The punkabilly sensibilities are still there but it’s channeled in a slower and less aggressive way with some impressive guitar work.

Highlights-“How Do We Know” “Hey Hey Disbeliever”

 

16.Discharge-Disensitise

The hyper left wing D Beat legends of the UK punk scene returned with a new singer (heaven forbid) replacing Kelvin Morris. New vocalist “Rat” does a great job keeping that Discharge style going. They’re something of an anomoly in the punk world as they were a huge influence on many heavy metal bands of the 80s, particularly thrash bands with their D-Beat (named after them) speed and aggression. Let’s not talk too much about their ill fated delve into the heavy metal world themselves though.

Highlights-“Blood Of The Innocent” “They Lie You Die”

 

15.Common-Universal Mind Control

Sounding a lot more different than his usual stuff, Common released his eighth album with a more electro vibe running through it. Some fantastic beats and Common’s cool and laid back flow make for good listening.

Highlights-“Everywhere” “Sex 4 Sugar”

 

14.JME-Famous?

The brother of the more famous grime artist Skepta is a breath of fresh air as he constantly challenges the constant negativeness and falseness in grime and hip hop on wider scale. Condemning the glorification of violence and the lack of emotional depth many MCs possess he puts himself in a class of his own.

Highlights-“123” “The Roadrunner”

 

13.Rancid-B Sides And C Sides

You know the drill, a collection of rarities, throwaway tracks and all sorts that didn’t make it onto previous albums.The usual solid mix of street punk and roots reggae/ska style punk  that frontman Tim Armstrong helped popularize with Operation Ivy.

Highlights-“The Brothels” “Ben Zanotto”

 

12.Less Than Jake-GNV FLA

The trumpunk band’s album title is unsurprisingly a tribute to their home town and state of Gainsville Florida. I say unsurprisinglybecause if you’ve ever followed them at all then you’ll know prety much all they talk about is where they’re from. Their best album in years.

Highlights-“This One’s Gonna Leave A Bruise” “Summon Monsters”

 

11.Teenage Bottlerocket-Warning Device

The third album from one of the best bands to come out of the 00s ponk scene…..is that the 4th wave? Guess so. Anyway out of a bunch of rubbish that the 00s produced in terms of new punk bands they were one of the few shining stars. A Screeching Weasel, Ramone-Core band for a newer generation with really catchy four chord wonders.

Highlights-“In The Basement” “Wasting Time”

 

10.Nas-Untitled

The provocative album cover was the least of it as it was originally called……sigh….the N word but due to it being released into mainstream stores it was changed to Untitled. An insanely talented and diverse lyricist with pointed and meaningful verses and memorable choruses. His most political album.

Highlights-“Sly Fox” “Untitled”

 

9.Cavalera Conspircy-Inflikted

I remember this being a big deal as it was the first time the Cavalera bros had recorded together since 1996s Roots by Sepultura. Igor’s insane drumming is reunited with older brother Max’s growling vocals and sludgy guitar work. Heavier than three heacy things….oh and there’s other guys in the band too.

Highlights-“Sanctuary” “Must Kill”

 

8.Alkaline Trio-Agony And Irony

You know the drill by now, they’ve been on these lists plenty of time. Melodic goth punk with an undercurrent of pain and darkness. Very solid album that evokes memories of Good Mourning which is a very good thing.

Highlights-“Love Love Kiss Kiss” “Calling All Skeletons”

 

7.Slipknot-All Hope Is Gone

I think because of the immense popularity of the band, especially with teens, Slipknot don’t get the credit they deserve from metal fans for how unbelievably crushing their music can be. When Joey Jordison is smashing his drums like a maniac and Corey Taylor is annihilating his vocal chords with a cheese grater they are beautifully heavy. This album is less experimental in terms of genres than their last album and it prospers for it.

Highlights-“Gematria (The Killing Name)” “All Hope Is Gone”

 

6.Pennywise-Reason To Believe

Until his return in 2012 this waqs the last album to feature long term singer Jim Lindberg as he left after struggling with life on the road away from his family. His struggle is chronicled in the excellent documentary The Other F Word which examines punks and how they change after fatherhood.

Highlights-“Faith And Hope” “Nothing To Lose”

 

5.EPMD-We Mean Business

The talented rap group’s first album in 9 years contains numerous bangers and great guest appearances from the likes of Raekwon The Chef, Method Man and Krs One. As you no doubt know by now I love my early-mid 90s style hip hop and there’s plenty of that boom bap style here.

Highlights-“Yo” “Puttin’ Work In”

 

4.The Loved Ones-Build And Burn

Another one of those rare bright sparks to come out of the 00s punk scene and their second album is a screamer. Passionate, red blooded folk punk. One of the high points of 00s Fat Wreck Chords.

Highlights-“Pretty Good Year” “Brittle Heart”

 

3.Anti-Flag-The Bright Lights Of America

The difference in style shocked and angered some fans with the band bringing in strings and choirs to supplement their political punk rock but it’s a great album. I don’t care if they use that stuff I mean really….does that make them “less punk” now? For feck sake get a grip. A very solid album.

Highlights-“We Are The Lost” “Vices”

 

2.Dillinger Four-Civil War

Life always seems to get in the way of D4 and that’s why this album was in limbo for years. Their inactivity at times is a source of frustration for fans as they are great and this album is certainly up their with their best. For me anyway it’s between this and 2002s Situationist Comedy, both released on Fat Wreck.

Highlights-“Gainsville” “Minimum Wage”

 

1.Tech N9ne-Killer

A two hour long double album from the king of indie choppers filled with impressive lyrical gymnastics. That leaves room for plenty of guests like Scarface, Shawnna, HED P.E and Ice Cube. An epic display of different rap styles with great production, heavy beats and of course Tech’s crazy mic skills.

Highlights-“Get The Fuk Outta Here” “Wheaties”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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