My 20 Favorite Albums of 2008

While the album is a dying musical construct in these days of individual songs-on-demand, I still believe in it as an artform, and typically purchase at least seven or eight albums each month in their entirety, along with the occasional songs-on-demand for chestnuts that I just have to hear for some reason. As I’ve done since at least the early ’90s, I present my Best Albums of 2008 for your consideration in early December, because I believe that for anything to make the list, it has to be able to spend a month in steady spins on the stereo, so things that are released in December get lobbed into the following year. I don’t generally like to do them in strict numerical order, since nothing really separates the #16 album from the #17 album, in any meaningful sense. So in clusters of greatness, here are what I consider to be the year’s best offerings, with handy links to the bands’ websites in case you’d like to investigate further.

THE BEST OF THE BEST: 2008 ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit

THE REST OF THE BEST: SERIOUS CONTENDERS FOR THE TITLE

Santogold by Santogold

Zero Hits by The Gang

Alopecia by Why?

Forteit/Fortune by Crooked Fingers

Inside the Human Body by Ezra Furman and the Harpoons

Little Death by Pete and the Pirates

Dig Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Imperial Wax Solvent by The Fall

THE BEST OF THE REST: SHORT TERM OBSESSIONS, LACKING LONGER LEGS

4:13 Dream by The Cure

The Week That Was by The Week That Was

Ego Trippin’ by Snoop Dogg

Mega Breakfast by The Chap

THE REST OF THE REST: OTHER SOLID CITIZENS, RISING ABOVE THE RABBLE

The Secret Machines by The Secret Machines

Hometowns by The Rural Alberta Advantage

Shall Noise Upon by Apollo Sunshine

Gift of Screws by Lindsey Buckingham

Object 47 by Wire

Lust Lust Lust by The Raveonettes

The Odd Couple by Gnarls Barkley

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