I wasn’t sure I would get through it, there was some anguish and a little squirming but this is simply because I am terribly indecisive. This year was filled with some amazing debut albums and some solid albums from some of the great veterans. The following list is in no particular order and I do hope you enjoy. Thanks to Scott for helping me with the above image, he did in 10 min what I could do in 2 hours.


Santogold (Lizard King Records)

mp3: My Superman

Santogold’s debut was so diverse, each song adds yet another layer to the album. It was so difficult to choose a favorite song, there is something for everyone on this album.  You can bet I will be enjoying it for years to come.

Bon Iver

For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

mp3:  Flume

I realize Bon Iver will be present on many lists, it is no surprise. It should not be left out because it is popular. It is an awesome album and one worthy to be included on as many lists as possible. I fall in love with it a little more with each listen.

Noah and the Whale

Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down (Cherry Tree Records)

mp3:  Hold My Hand As I’m Lowered

I came to know Noah and the Whale last year around this time through fellow mp3 blogger To Die By Your Side. They will charm you with their dark acoustic folk. This album should definitely be heard from the beginning to the end, it was so difficult choosing a favorite to share, it is all so good.

Sigur Ros

Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (Beggars XL)

mp3:  Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

The majestic sounds of this amazing Icelandic band continue to inspire on this fifth full length album. Sigur Ros never seems to disappoint.  There is no other word to describe it other than: beautiful.

Frightened Rabbit

The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat Records)

mp3:  The Modern Leper

I love The Midnight Organ Fight. Frightened Rabbit have a sound entirely their own with hazy rock accompanying singer Scott Hutchison belting out dark, honest lyrics.  This album is so very well done.

Cat Power

Jukebox (Matador)

mp3:  Metal Heart

When I hear Chan Marshall sing I can’t function… She infuses so much soul into every one of her songs. This album is filled with Chan Marshall’s interpretation of some long loved songs and as always it is fantastic. ***I know I have posted this song before but unfortunately I can not post one of her covers without getting an email or threat from the Web Sheriff…

Plants and Animals

Parc Avenue (Secret City Records)

mp3: Feedback In The Field

This Canadian born band definitely got my attention with their full length debut. This album is filled with 70’s rock inspired pop that you can’t help but dance to.

Okkervil River

The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

mp3: Lost Coastlines

The Stand Ins is the sequel to last years The Stage Names. This album really grew on me, at first I thought it had one or two great songs on it but upon further listen the album as a whole is memorable with creative novelistic lyrics and toe tapping indie rock.

Horse Feathers

House With No Home (Kill Rock Stars)

mp3:   Curs In The Weeds

This second album from this brother and sister duo is brilliant. It is an album filled with hushed vocals and gorgeous acoustic melodies that are so delicate. It is really a pleasure all the way through.

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)

mp3:  Jump In The Pool

This album was another excellent surprise, this UK based band busted on the scene with their soaring pop and funky grooving debut. This album is brilliant from top to bottom.


6 Responses to “Favorite Albums of 2008”

  1. Richard on December 19th, 2008 11:27 am

    Some ace choices that we’ve duplicated and a few for me to investigate too. Couldn’t ask for more.

  2. Rachel on December 19th, 2008 12:07 pm

    Our lists are quite similar indeed :-) Glad you found a couple that you can still explore.

  3. Wayne on December 19th, 2008 6:35 pm

    Great list Rachel.
    Much love, especially, for Plants and Animals, Horse Feathers and Frightened Rabbit.

  4. Pip on December 19th, 2008 8:12 pm

    Simply fantastic.

    Glad you picked Superman off Santogold ;)

  5. Rachel on December 19th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Thanks Wayne! So much love for all of these bands I can’t stand it. :-)

    Thanks Pip, I am glad you enjoyed. My Superman is good shits, it was between that and Lights Out! You won. hehe

  6. chad on December 24th, 2008 1:58 pm

    Great choices – always glad to see another list with Frightened Rabbit on it!

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