happy saturday: 2008’s best albums

There are too many “best of” music lists to keep track of this time of year.  Steve McCoy pointed out a number of these lists earlier in the week, so there is no need to duplicate his efforts here.


On Monday NPR’s All Songs Considered broadcast the year’s 25 best albums as voted by the show’s listeners.  May I suggest that you download this almost two hours worth of music for your holiday traveling needs?

A number of the artists on the All Songs list have been noted on this blog, including The Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, Sigur Ros, and Coldplay.  A few others on the list have been on regular rotation on my mp3 player: The Hold Steady, Kimya Dawson, and Girl Talk.

It’s no surprise that Bon Iver is my personal choice for album of the year, so it was gratifying to see Justin Vernon and company at number 3 on the NPR list.  Even more satisfying was the fact that All Songs host Bob Boilon picked Bon Iver’s album, For Emma, Forever Ago, as his top record of the year.  Seeing Bon Iver in concert on Thursday only confirmed the wisdom of Boilon’s (and my) choice.

Should have mentioned this earlier, but Vernon drops a couple of f-bombs during the intro to this song.

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3 thoughts on “happy saturday: 2008’s best albums

  1. Random thoughts — I love Fleet Foxes and am kicking myself for having missed them at Lollapalooza this year. Sigur Rós is lovely as usual, and MGMT and Okkervil River were two of my favorite discoveries this year. My husband loves the new Portishead, but I couldn’t really get into it though I really enjoy their other albums. Finally, Girl Talk was fun and amusing the first 25 times, but now it’s too ADD for me. It was good for some crazy long hours of tedious work, though.

  2. Thanks for reminding me about ASC – I used to listen regularly back in the States, but it’s recently gotten lost in the shuffle. (pun semi-intended) I remember their best of show from last year – I listened to it over and over again for quite some time. Off to download this year’s now.

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