We're down to the final 3. Either the anticipation is too much to handle or you're saying just finish the darn list and get back to writing your reviews. Either way, just two more days until we crown the #1 album of the year.
Today we have an anomaly. The #3 album of the year is by the only artist to place two albums in our Top-40 for 2008. I won't keep you in suspense.
#3 Jessie Kilguss - Nocturnal Drifter
Most artists would be more than happy enough to place one album in the Top-40. Not Jessie Kilguss. Late to the music game after starting out her career as an actress, Kilguss has opened a Pandora's box of great songwriting shaped and teased by the gorgeous layers of Kilguss' voice. Together with producer Super Buddha, Kilguss has created one of the most lush and musically aesthetic albums of the year. Kilguss showed such growth and personal extension in just the eighteen months or so between albums that it's a bit a scary to think where she might go next. Nocturnal Drifter was one of three songs in the final mix for the top spot. The fact that it comes in at #3 isn't a mark against Drifter or Kilguss, but an indication of how strong the talent has been here this year. This might be Kilguss' first Top-10 placement on a list of this sort, but it surely will not be her last.
In an interesting coincidence, we have three recordings in the countdown originating from the same Massachussets hometown. Jessie Kilguss and Wensday reportedly attended the same high school. Must be something in the water up there. You can check out the original review of Nocturnal Drifter by clicking on the hyperlink above.