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Best Of 2008 - 2008 Jeff Duran


Albums Of The Year

Not in any order but some of my picks from the past year 2008!

Jeff Duran..

AC/DC - Black Ice
Everything an AC/DC or comeback album for that matter should be about - showing the youngsters, fakers and music industry how it supposed to be done.

H.E.A.T (Sweden) - H.E.A.T
Scandinavian melodic hard rock/AOR in it's highest order. Every song is a sizzler with 'There For You' and 'I Cry' at the forefront. Superb.

Journey - Revelation
Whether it's the addition of Filipino Perry clone Pineda or the decision to release an additional disc of re-released classics, the 11 new Cain/Schon penned tunes are the best the group have recorded in years.

Marcello Vestry - Marcello Vestry
My favourite album of 2008 and i'm sure for many other melodic rock fans; oozing with class and killer cuts- compliments of the behemoth talents of Guitar maestro Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry.

Metallica - Death Magnetic
A big fist in the face to those that may of doubted that these Metal legends could still crank em out. Sure it's not another 'Master Of Pupperts' but why on earth should there be in 2008? Proving once again the band's biggest mistakes have always been it's brain dead followers. F**K em all I say and listen to this untrammeled assault on the eardrums!

Work Of Art - Artwork
Fantastic Swedish west coast/AOR!

Nickelback - Dark Horse
The most surprising thing besides seeing these Canadian dullards on any 'best of' list -especially mine- is the well crafted songs on this 'Mutt' Lange produced platter. An almost perfect blend of radio friendly rock with heavy metal bombast that hasn't been done this well in years. Not unlike such 'Mutt' classics as Def Leppard High 'N' Dry and Foreigner 4. Yeah it's that good! Just pretend it's not really Nickelback-which isn't hard to do.

Pride - Pride
These precious preserved jewels from AOR's past are brought to lustre thanks to our friends at AOR-FM. PRIDE are on par with any of great swede groups that AOR collectors gladly paid a lion's share for on 12' in the late 80's. Excellent!

Thrills - Front Page News
Another master classic getting an AOR-FM face lift, making us never forget the 'glory daze' of our favourite genre.

Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Andrew McMahon remains one of the few youngsters these days who knows how to write well crafted pop songs drenched with emotion and sugar sweet melodies.

Honorable Mentions

The Bright - In Lucid Dreams
Lead by the stunning Julie Lange, this texan pop-rock outfit had one of the most refreshing female fronted rock albums in recent memory.

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
Sorry not AOR or even rock for that matter, but imo the only exciting figure looming in mainstream music these days. Innovative, troubled and talented sadly pushing boundaries on wax and off that rock acts are afraid to anymore.

Fall Out Boy - Folie Deux
The group's best album to date. Collaborators include everyone from Lil Wayne to Debbie Harry from Blondie. Emo? Pre-pubescent punks? Not here , as FOB have matured into a melodic rock power pop 'tour-de-force', reminiscent of Cheap Trick in their prime.

Disappointments of 2008:
It happens to the best of us, you wait with anticipation for new music from an band you once loved and when you hear it, you simply shake your head in disbelief...

Guns 'N Roses - Chinese Democracy
I'd rather hear audio clips of Steven Adler excrete opium out of his lacerated bowel than this stinking rubbish..A monumental flop in spades, reaffirming what many of us predicted of Axl Rose ...only worse.

Motley Crue - Saints Of Los Angeles
It's time for Nikki Sixx to relapse and start writing killer rock songs again. The Dirt here kids: If there ever is a movie released based on a band becoming a shadow and parody of themselves...then this is the perfect soundtrack. The SAINTS!? need to go back and SHOUT at the devil.

Def Leppard - Songs From the Sparkle Lounge
The Leps sink to even another all time low - even further imo than 'Slang' and 'X'. Not only has Leppard lost touch and alienated their audience, they've tricked themselves into believing they are still relevant on any level. Vomit inducing country-tinged Modern Rock that makes Bon Jovi's 'Have A Nice Day' sound like 'High and Dry'. Embarrassing and most of all pathetic.

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