Best Albums of 2008

Update 2013:Sorry, the control that I was originally using for mp3 playback no longer works.

I woke up today and realized that I never got my best albums post posted! I kept waiting, thinking I might discover a last minute fav that would bump somebody else off the list. Well, it's 2009 now and time to move on.

Truth is that 2008 was not an easy top 10 to compile. There were plenty of good albums, but it was hard to find 10 that the kind of game changers that you want to have forever. I'm pretty confident about the first half of the list but by about number 7, things start to get a little tougher. Well, without further ado, here's the list. Happy New Year and happy listening.

  1. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
  2. Fleet Floxes, Fleet Foxes
  3. Beck, Modern Guilt
  4. Coldplay, Viva La Vida
  5. Mates of State, Re-Arrange Us
  6. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms
  7. Parts and Labor, Receivers
  8. The Dodos, Visiter
  9. She & Him, Volume One
  10. Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride

Honorable Mentions

In spite of having a tough year finding greatalbums, I found a lot of good ones. More, in fact, than fit into the top 10. Here are some other great finds for the year:

Deathcab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs _Neil Halstead, _Oh Mighty Engine Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords(the album is good but series is GREAT) Santogold, Santogold Blind Pilot, 3 Rounds and a Sound Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue _Raphael Saadiq, _The Way I See It _Cut Copy, _In Ghost Colours

Really, after 10 any of these could have probably filled the last three stops. Some of them are just great listening not necessarily critical successes (like the Neil Halstead album). The Deatchab album would be a top 5 if it were a first release from them. Instead, it sounds a little too familiar. Santogold is great, but not a great album...just a couple of great singles.

I'll keep the honorable mentions list running. I'm sure I'll remember other great listens from the year. Let me know if you found something you think I'd like!