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2008 Music In Review

  01/02/09 14:45, by , Categories: Music

Top 10 Albums of 2008:

10. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

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This is a good album to listen to while working. It’s the first neo-soul album I’ve liked listening to the whole way through since Res’ 2001 album How I Do. Note: I haven’t listened to Gnarls Barkley’s first album, St. Elsewhere, yet. If it’s anything like this release, I’ll probably like it.

09. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology

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I’m not sure it’s possible for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals to release a bad album. (Although, Ryan Adams sans The Cardinals has done it.) This is another solid alt-country album worth listening to.

08. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely

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Once again, I played the heck out of a Raconteurs album for a week or two and then moved on to other things. It’s good ear candy, but it’s lacking carbs.

07. One Day As A Lion - One Day As A Lion

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Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta) made some pretty rough keyboard and drum socio-political tracks which I quite enjoyed.

06. Shiny Toy Guns - Season of Poison

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They replaced their female singer and I couldn’t even tell the difference. This is a really solid synthpop album.

05. Coldplay - Viva la Vida

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Coldplay got a little experimental and still successfully delivered an album full of memorable melodies.

04. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip

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Best legally free album ever released (though Radiohead fans may disagree).

03. Fall Out Boy - Folie à Deux

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Their most compelling album to date. The forays into other genres are more skillfully executed than on Infinity On High and Patrick Stump’s vocals are as dynamic as ever.

02. Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue

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This is another album to listen to while working. A lot of the tracks are like a folksy Tool with more positive lyrics, others remind me of Sting, but they all have 100% more didgeridoo than either of those artists.

01. Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)

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Cloud Cult is one of my favorite bands and this album is as amazing as the previous two. I think it’s bands like this that make modern music an art rather than simply a money making machine.

Honorable Mentions:

The Parlor Mob - And You Were A Crow
More like Led Zeppelin than Wolfmother, but a voice just as high.

Pop Evil - Lipstick on the Mirror
Sounds like southern rock, though the band is from Michigan. Better than most modern post-grunge (such as Nickelback and Puddle of Mudd).

Biggest Disappointments:

Doomtree - Doomtree
Their last release, 2007’s False Hopes, was touted as a collection of songs that weren’t good enough to be on this self-titled album. I would argue that they got that description backwards.

King’s X - XV
This is one of my favorite bands, but they don’t get it right every single time. Ear Candy used to be my least favorite King’s X album, but I think it’s now in a tie with XV.

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Comment from: Alison

I can’t believe you didn’t mention “Headspin” by Collide!

01/06/09 @ 21:11
Comment from: Molly

No Celtic Thunder?

01/07/09 @ 13:19
Comment from:

Never heard of Collide before, but I just checked them out and can’t say that I liked what I heard.

I consider Celtic Thunder to be a performance group and my list only includes bands. Similarly, I would exclude soundtracks and compilation cds.

01/18/09 @ 18:09

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