Friday, December 12, 2008

2008 Year in Review: Most Underrated Album of the Year

Another in a series of short posts recapping the year in music.

Most Underrated Album of the Year:
Headlights – Some Racing, Some Stopping

While everyone was swooning over She & Him for their throw back sound, it seemed that nearly everyone passed up this fantastic album by Headlights. The album takes the lush indie pop of their 2006 debut Kill Them With Kindness and melds it with Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound to create a gloriously modern retro album. The record does a fantastic job of balancing highs and lows, opening with the building momentum of “Get Your Head Around It” and going through the ups of “April 2” and the downs of “Some Racing, Some Stopping.” The album is complete, which is something a lot of young bands are unable to accomplish. This is an album I truly can’t believe didn’t get jumped on in a year where retro is cool.

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