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January 9, 2009

The albums I liked in 2008, and the ones everyone else liked. Now with more overlap.

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , , — Nate @ 4:11 pm

With the new year comes reflection, and how better to reflect than with an endless sea of top-10/20/50/83494 lists?  I don’t remember ever disagreeing with a batch of best-records-of-the-year lists as much as I have this year – I don’t know what it is, but I just thought a lot of the stuff that everyone seemed to love was pretty blah.  Vampire Weekend?  Overrated.  Fleet Foxes?  Boring.  She and Him?  Eh.  Nick Cave?  Go away.

There were an awful lot of people who seemed to make the list just because they managed to release an album between January 1 and December 31, regardless of quality, like Beck, R.E.M., and Cat Power.  There’s a lot of decent stuff, but not great.  Then again, a lot of what I thought was really good was probably just decent at best to others.  Ah well.

Reading material:

Magnet Magazine’s list:

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2008/12/23/magnets-top-25-albums-of-2008/

Q Magazine’s list:

http://www.qthemusic.com/cgi-bin/50bestalbums/month.pl?id=2

Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times/Sound Opinions/www.jimdero.com):

http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2008/12/the_best_albums_of_2008.html

Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune/Sound Opinions):

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2008/12/top-albums-of-2.html#more

My 10 favorite albums of the year:

  • 10 – Okkervil River – the Stand-Ins
  • 9 – the Walkmen – You & Me
  • 8 – the Standard – Swimmer
  • 7 – Darker My Love – 2
  • 6 – Vivian Girls – S/T
  • 5 – Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
  • 4 – the Rosebuds – Life Like
  • 3 – M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  • 2 – the Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  • 1 – Frightened Rabbit – the Midnight Organ Fight
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