03 January 2009

Best Albums of '08: Plants & Animals - Parc Avenue

This was not a high profile album and made it onto few "Best of" lists (in fact, maybe only one). But it did receive some critical recognition, as a finalist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize (an alternative Canandian Grammys), and I really like it. The artists themselves classify their music as "post-classic rock," which I guess means that it's channelling classic folk and rock (the Beatles, Neil Young, the Dead, 60s Brit-pop, and a touch of psychadelic) while remaining thoroughly modern. The same could probably be said for most of today's hot alt-rock. It's a fairly eclectic album, but it all really hangs together well, a harmonious whole. See a fuller review here.

Parc Avenue

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