Best album of 2008 (marking 10 years of music)


As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2008 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!

From 2008 the year that Barack Obama (“yes we can”) was elected 44th US president, and Bill Gates stepped down from day to day control at Microsoft in order to give away money.
the contenders in alphabetical order;

  • The Airbourne Toxic Event – The Airbourne Toxic Event
  • Bon Ivor – For Emma, Forever Ago
  • British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music
  • Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
  • Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • James Yorkston – When The Haar Rolls In
  • Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
  • Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
  • Ladytron – Velocifero
  • Max Richter – 24 postcard in Full Colour
  • My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
  • Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
  • Sad Day For Puppets – Sad Day For Puppets
  • She & Him – Volume 1
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Perishing
  • Starflyer 59 – Dial M for Murder
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  • Using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are

    number 3
    Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever ago
    atmospheric, folky, rough yet gentle, this album had some wonderful things in it, an album of emotive depth which takes root in your head and keep s floatinground and round. a ultimately joyful listen
    seek out – “Flume”, “Skinny Love”, & “For Emma”

    number 2
    Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
    Loved this album. Especially shouting out (Blake’s got a new face loudly at really inappropriate times. dunno what else to say. it wears its influences on its seleves and is very enjoyable as a listen.
    seek out – “Oxford Comma”, “A-Punk”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” & “One (Blake’s Got a New Face)”

    number 1
    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
    Great Album, similar to Beirut’s album the year before, but simply and wonderful album of harmony, melody and song. I really like this album alot
    seek out – The whole album. It lovelyness in musical form.