The best albums of 2008

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 10:58 pm by Ben Salmon

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)

Sorry, folks. This list is far too long. I don’t know if that’s because, after reviewing the best music of 2000 through 2007, I’m too tired and/or brain-scrambled to edit it, or because I’m exposed to more music now than ever before and, thus, more good music. Probably both.

But whatever, this is the list. Sorry it’s long. And sorry … no links. Google it up, baby. Or ask me questions in the comments. Let’s talk!

Oh, you can read my thoughts on 25 of these albums by clicking here.

My picks for the best albums of the decade are coming soon, as are my choices for the best albums of 2009 and “Near / Far,” our annual compilation of free, downloadable MP3s covering some of the best songs of the year. Look for the free music on Friday!

Peter Adams, “I Woke With Planets In My Face”
Amadou & Mariam, “Welcome To Mali”
Erykah Badu, “New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)”
The Black Angels, “Directions To See A Ghost”
Blitzen Trapper, “Furr”
Hayes Carll, “Trouble In Mind”
Cheap Time, “Cheap Time”
The Cool Kids, “The Bake Sale”
Darker My Love, “2”
Dungen, “4”
Earth, “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull”
Fleet Foxes, “Fleet Foxes”
Kathleen Edwards, “Asking For Flowers”
Frightened Rabbit, “The Midnight Organ Fight”
The Helio Sequence, “Keep Your Eyes Ahead”
Jamie Lidell, “Jim”
The Muslims, “The Muslims”
My Morning Jacket, “Evil Urges”
Conor Oberst, “Conor Oberst”
Will Quinlan & The Diviners, “Navasota”
Raphael Saadiq, “The Way I See It”
Santogold, “Santogold”
School Of Seven Bells, “Alpinisms”
Sigur Ros, “Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust”
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Pershing”
George Strait, “Troubadour”
The Swimmers, “Fighting Trees”
Throw Me The Statue, “Moonbeams”
T.I., “Paper Trail”
Tobacco, “F–ked Up Friends”
Vampire Weekend, “Vampire Weekend”
The Very Best, “Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best”
Wale, “Mixtape About Nothing”
TK Webb & The Visions, “Ancestor”
Kanye West, “808s and Heartbreak”


One Response to “The best albums of 2008”

  1. Scott says:

    I don’t think there was a bad song on the TVOTR album.

    And everyone loves them some Grizzly Bear, but I like Department of Eagles much more. In Ear Park is fantastic.

    Also: Beach House, Stephen Malkmus, The Rural Alberta Advantage and The Walkmen.

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