I am the music man, I come from down your way and I can play…


Well the whole album of the year for 2008 has now stepped up a gear with me deciding to go onto stage two ahead of the 1st December slot, as is usually the case.

Stage two is where I remove all the albums graded 6 or below from consideration and focus on listening to those with grades of 7 to see if any of those need to go into the 8 or 9 pile.

This morning there were 195 albums in contention and now, a mere 81, with 64 of those having grades of 7. There are only two albums with a grade of 9 this year and this is one of the worst years for that statistic, as the others years saw much better returns – 2005: 8 albums, 2006: 11 (one of the best years for quite some time), and 2007: 9.

And so I’m off now, listening to the 64 that could be moving up – occasionally some move down but it’s not that often.

See you on the other side…

About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press. Also cycles, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

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