Sunday, 8 February 2009

THE BLUE IN THE AIR 2008 ALBUMS: NUMBERS 100-91




100. MICHAEL HEARST: Songs For Ice Cream Trucks

A sound: light tingling noises and burbles through the air. You can hear it long before you can see it. And it’s not just any music – it’s ice cream truck music (what other dessert has its own soundtrack?)! Hearst gives us new, sweet and only somewhat sad melodies as his truck goes on its rounds.

Likewise, this list is an ice cream truck with one hundred or so flavours and these flavours range from the old reliables to new-fangled ones which would make even the most daring chef raise his or her eyebrows in disbelief. Single and double scoops, silver scoops and wooden mini-shovels – there is something here for everyone.

99. AIDAN JOHN MOFFAT: I Can Hear Your Heart

Let’s begin with the lonely stoner who sells himself as an ice cream man at the party into which he stumbles, nominally an unknown, although in most senses the party was meant for him and only for him. There are outraged mobile messages, Greasy ruminations, 101 forgotten strings of samples, Bruce Springsteen, and a story, a wandering, in which he strives to free his mind and say to duplicity and betrayal: so what?

98. PINK: Funhouse

The answer is that she was a better rock star in 2008 than most, and this was her favoured tool.

97. YELLE: Pop-Up

Against the whiteness a French girl exclaims the New Pop world still to be here, because of the boys, the girls, and opens the door to fresher airs, bringing 1981 in with a smile.

96. POLAR BEAR: Polar Bear

Espresso flavour – it sounds like a train to them, sounds like the incidental music for the medieval film noir Oliver Postgate didn’t quite live to make. Those lips which no leaf could cut!

95. THE BACKYARDIGANS: Born To Play

A green backdrop falls, then the scene is set for multicoloured bounding adventures where energy abounds…the children of 1981 finally getting to play in the shiny yellow sunshine, and that turned out to include the ballot boxes.

94. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD: Pocketful Of Sunshine

Imperfections are proof of life, and happiness is everywhere and portable. This arrived on a cold day in Canada with the confidence of the grass under the snow, the patience too.

93. ARIANE MOFFAT: Tous Les Sens

A life in one day: four corners of the Earth sont le crains de ton rue, dans le jour tu decouvent un petit piece de magic. Quand le machine is on, sing and leave a message to yourself. Your voice lives in the wires and chips Salut, Montreal !...

92. BLACK MILK: Tronic

…and hello, D. Always on top, always now if not years ahead. Astonishing and unique, the spirit of J Dilla announces his presence, beneficent and at peace. Oh yes…

91. ENYA: And Winter Came…

…and in a digital world the analog woman stretches out her hand to feel the snow, the cold, the individual flakes of wonder and quiet, that long night which brings back the spring, where new adventures begin…

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