Best Albums of 2008: #13: Cloud Cult: Feel Good Ghosts (tea-partying through tornados)
13. Cloud Cult Feel Good Ghosts
“From a million little pieces, have you found where your place is?”
This is an album that has come to symbolize one of my most important relationships, and all of the weird stuff that happens in the tug of war of making it work. It all started when I made him go see this band with me. He was grumpy and I was not in the mood to deal with it. We had a really quiet, sort of awkward dinner, the kind that we always have when one of us is kind of mad at the other. We got to the show an hour late and still managed to have to sit through the terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE) opening jam band. And then suddenly, there was Cloud Cult, and I was happy and K. was happy and he kept being like, “wow, I really like this band. Do you have their other albums?” Pretty soon he was an even bigger fan than I was, and he was so glad that I made him go along. K. and I spent the last year mending our relationship and listening to this album on long car rides.
I guess you could call it our un-breakup album. It reminded us of our mortality, of the ways that the subtleties of human drama drive us apart in ways that can be catastrophic, and how we can come back from those horrible, dark places by trusting each other. There are a lot of things I could say about the album musically, but they really just aren't as important as the other stuff.
Best of 2008: #14: Ratatat: LP3
Best of 2008: #15: The Submarines: Honeysuckle Weeks
Best of 2008: #16: Grand Archives: S/T
Best of 2008: #17: Yelle: Pop-up
Best of 2008: #18: Parenthetical Girls: Entanglements
Best of 2008: #19: The Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound
Best of 2008: #20: Billy Bragg- Mr. Love and Justice
Best of 2008: Intro