Seeing as we are reaching the end of the year and a lot of the music press are doing the same thing I thought I would see:
What have been your best albums of 2008?
Preferably if you could keep it to a top 5 with whichever is your top one highlighted would be better, but if you have more or less (like myself) that would be good as well.
I see this in part as a way to see what I have missed out on this year as having seen a lot of top 50 album polls this year I have realised I haven't heard of most of them!
1) Cynic - Traced in Air
This album seems to have divided opinion particularly among fans of Focus but I think it's a must buy for anyone interested in Prog. This is my number one album of the year.
2) Textures - Silhouettes
I felt their earlier albums were slightly generic Meshuggah rip offs which were fine but a bit bland. They have added a synth type/melodic 'thing' (can't really describe it - reminds me of Duran Duran and Depeche Mode for some reason!) to this album and it seems to work so well! Listened to this album so many times this year and still not bored of it.
3) Opeth - Watershed
Not their strongest effort but still has some great songs on it and it was interesting to hear what a more technically proficient (although some would argue less melodic) guitarist like Fredrik Åkesson would bring to Opeth.
Special mentions to the following albums which I haven't listened to enough to truly decide whether they should be in my top 5 or not but on the basis of what I have listened to I think could creep in there:
Steven Wilson - Insurgentes
Gojira - The Way of All Flesh
REM - Accelerate
board up the house - genghis tron
that one is one of my favs for the year