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Top 20 Of 2008

One of my favorite years for music.
1Deerhunter
Microcastle


Do I really like Deerhunter that much to give them the top spot in alternating years? Yes. But this is different. "Microcastle" (along with "Weird Era Cont.) destroyed everything else by a hefty margin. In comparison to "Halycon Digest," there isn't one. It's far better. So great that it lands snugly in my top 10 albums ever. You balk at that, but this album is near perfect in my opinion.
2No Age
Nouns


In retrospect it's quite a bit more rugged than their subsequent albums, but No Age are blistering here, especially with their best song "Teen Creeps."
3Women
Women


Extremely short, but effective nonetheless. They showed lots of promise with "Black Rice" and improved their sound on the follow up.
4Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!


Nick Cave is just a hell of a performer, singer, songwriter, and just overall dude. "Call Upon the Author" flows smoothly from word to word, it's graceful in its pungency. Underrated very much so.
5TV on the Radio
Dear Science


I'm torn on this band quite a bit. This is the only album of theirs that I own, and the only one I like. I'm not sure why the others just never struck a chord with me, but "DLZ" is ultra cool, and "Dancing Choose" is still one of my favorite songs by them.
6Titus Andronicus
The Airing of Grievances


"The Monitor" may be a better album, but it's wonderful to hear them less polished, but still just as brash.
7 Atlas Sound
Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See


A bookend Bradford Cox top ten, say what you will about how damn ugly this guy is, or about how much critics love his music, I can't escape the fact that this album is extremely well put together, and sonically pleasing in multiple aspects. The opening segue into "Recent Bedroom" is hypnotic.
8Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes


Their new album pales in comparison (though it is still a fine album). The album submerges you in delicate melodies, something very few albums I feel these days can actually do.
9Fucked Up
The Chemistry of Common Life


Hardcore is stretching it with this band, but I do appreciate the music aspect of it, even if its overshadowed by the vocals. Still, the sheer force of this band is enough to capture my ears.
10Abe Vigoda
Skeleton


More surf pop than their follow up, and far shorter in scope and actual length, Abe Vigoda deliver a precise debut that was ripe for evolution. Whether the evolution to a more gothic approach was right or not, is left to be seen fully, but here they're a bit sloppy, which I like.
11Black Mountain
In the Future


"Angels" is how I noticed this band to begin with, and it's a stable prog rock album that is on par with their follow up. There's moments of pure bliss and pure agony all in the same song. If they could lean out their sound they'd be a ton better.
12Wolf Parade
At Mount Zoomer


Not their greatest moment, but still an enjoyable listen for the most part. I preferred their previous album but this was squeezes into the list mostly because of "Language City."
13M83
Saturdays=Youth


My introduction to M83.
14Spiritualized
Songs in A&E


Not my favorite by them, but still a solid album nonetheless.
15Times New Viking
Rip It Off


Good, lo-fi, crunchy noise rock.
16Beach House
Devotion


Probably my least favorite by BH, but still a great album to get introduced to them on.
17Deerhoof
Offend Maggie


Opening track "The Tears and Music of Love" has one of the best riffs.
18Be Your Own Pet
Get Awkward


Solid debut.
19Jay Reatard
Matador Singles '08


Not as good as Blood Visions but still a really great collection of punk.
20The Dodos
Visiter


Still the best album by the Dodos.
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