2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

The Best of the Rest (Albums)

The albums here are definitely worthy of a download or at least a few spins.  In some cases I found them to be decent to very good but not great, and in others I simply didn’t have enough time in my day to give them the attention they might deserve.  Either way, I just don’t find myself going back to them like the ones at the top of the list.  Who knows, perhaps you’ll find a gem in this list and can thank me for it.

  • DeVotchKa – A Mad & Faithful Telling
  • R.E.M. – Accelerate
  • Walter Becker – Circus Money
  • The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely
  • TV on the Radio – Dear Science
  • Sam Phillips – Don’t Do Anything
  • The Fireman – Electric Arguments
  • Brian Eno & David Byrne – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
  • The B-52’s – Funplex
  • Nomo – Ghost Rock
  • Muse – HAARP
  • Black Mountain – In the Future
  • Sloan – Parallel Play
  • Keane – Perfect Symmetry
  • Joe Jackson – Rain
  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash
  • Four Tet – Ringer (EP)
  • Jack Bruce and Robin Trower – Seven Moons
  • Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
  • Cassettes Won’t Listen – Small-Time Machine
  • The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  • Annuals – Such Fun
  • Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
  • John Zorn – The Dreamers
  • Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
  • Backyard Tire Fire – The Places We Lived
  • Portishead – Third
  • Ladytron – Velocifero
  • Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
  • The Black Crowes – Warpaint
  • The Plastic Constellations – We Appreciate You
  • King’s X – XV

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