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Jan 4, 2009

The Top 15 Albums Of 2008

AGAIN! THESE MP3s ARE FOR SAMPLING ONLY! IF YOU LIKE THE MUSIK THEN SUPPORT THE ARTISTS! DON'T STEAL MUSIK!


I actually want to thank GvB and Pandora radio for most of these artists. Without them I'd have never know half of these albums.

These are the few albums that are actually worth buying. Don't get me wrong, I will buy my favourite band's deluxe edition's all day long; other then that, I often just sample musik off the internet. If you do want to be a random supporter of musik one day, these are the ones to get man. Here are the top 15 albums of 2008 in descending order:






15. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III (Deluxe Edition) - Hip Hop

Mr. Carter [ft. Jay-Z]
Comfortable [ft. Babyface]
Mrs. Officer [ft. Bobby Valentino]
Let The Beat Build

Ah... "Tha Carter III." The only hip hop album I listen to that you can actually hear on the radio. As the album starts out with a dramatic pulsing, heavy strings you can just interpret the rest of the album's intensity and comedic timing. As it ranges from beats of someone saying "A Milli" over... and... over... (oh and it rulezzz too) to what would be something you'd hear in a cheesy Martian B-movie, this album covers every generic hip hop lyric while keeping the populous, and those of us with taste, incredibly interested... oh and dancing too.




14. Portishead - Third - Alternative

Silence
Nylon Smile
The Rip

Definitely the most intriguing album on this list, I never knew where this album was heading even after SEVERAL listens. It's greatly typical of alternative (ha!) and fits the mold of if Burial butted heads Radiohead while eating Smashing Pumpkins sandwich. With it's ranging tones, catchy lyrics and its own personal drive, Portishead definitely knocked this one out of the park.




13. Nas - Untitled - Hip Hop/Rap

Queens Get The Money
Hero [ft. Keri Hilson]
N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)
Black President [ft. Johnny Polygon]

NAS! "Illimatic" move over as Nas delivers an album that has not one single lame track. I don't know if you guys knew this but the reason this album is called "Untitled" is because Nas got into trouble with his original title "Nigger." While he couldn't win against the record label he decided to release the EP entitled "The Nigger Tape." As far as the album goes it's bumpin' fo sho! The catchy hooks, the screeching choruses and the guilt trip all add up to the most hard pressed, straight up G, playa hatin' album of the year.




12. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple - Hip Hop/Rap
"That means it's better." - Me
As Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse blow our brains once again we can do nothing but thank them for releasing the pressure that has built up behind our "bahunkases." What do I mean by that? I mean that any track on this album is either going to make you poop your pants due to its simplistic complexity or make you shake your groove thing due to its... Gnarls Barkley-ness.



11. DJ/rupture - Uproot - Electronic

Reef: Baby Kites and Nokea
Elders: Clouds
Gave You All My Love (Matt Shadetek´s I Gave You All My Dub Remix): Iron Shirt
Plays John Cassavettes Pt. 2: Ekkehard Ehlers

It was to pick certain tracks off of this album as it is best listened to in sequence... I mean right now. Go listen now; the whole album. Seriously, this dubstep-ish, electronic ear-frenzy is sure to make any late night drive (or office Christmas party) that much more enjoyable.




10. Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool - Hip Hop/Rap

Go Go Gadget Flow
Superstar [ft. Matthew Santos]
Paris, Tokyo

Now I know this album is technically a 2007 release but I missed it last year so I'm counting it. ANY PROBLEMS? ::Loads bow and arrow::
This is by far the best "black folk musik" album to listen to of the year and will have any musik lover (yes, even you Dad) learning how to shake it. It varies from old school hip hop to new school rhymes to Street Poets style, to a straight up dance fest. Regardless of what you're into, this emotional roller coaster of an album will have you coming back for more after once listen.




9. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark - Electronic

Out At The Pictures
Ready For The Floor
Touch Too Much
Wrestlers

Okay so Hot Chip is officially amazing. This fun filled, ball pit album has songs that make me run naked, dance naked, cry naked and then dance some more (clothed at this point though). The electricity that flows through HC's blood is shown in every track as they'll take you from club to bedroom to bathroom to airport and then take you to a place you never thought possible - inside your own heart (as they capture it [in case you missed that]). Anyways, Hot Chip delivers again with this particularly solid album.




8. The Streets - Everything Is Borrowed - Hip Hop/Rap

Everything Is Borrowed
I Love You More (Than You Like Me)
The Way Of The Dodo
On The Flip Of A Coin

Ah.. the British really do know how to do it better don't they? This group of UK white rappers have perfected what fun hip hop can be. The Streets understands that just because you have a sick beat doesn't mean you have to rap about hoes and money - you can talk about love or birds instead. This is a very British album and lived up to the long anticipated hype.




7. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago - AltFolk
Flume
Lump Sum
Skinny Love
For Emma

Holy moly. This album took my ears by a whirlwind. Never once had I heard modern folk like this. If you haven't heard a track by Bon Iver (pronounced Bawn E-vear) then by all means stop reading and listen. The entire album is near flawless as he takes you to experimentally folked up places I couldn't have ever imagined. Great, great stuff.





6. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends - Pop/Rock

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Viva La Vida
Violet Hill
Death And All His Friends

Okay so obviously this is cliche' that this album is on here but let me explain. While Coldplay put out another impenetrable album it is not just the sound that ranked this one so high. While it is GREAT... heck, it's PHENOMENAL... it's the cultural impact it had as well. I didn't meet one person who didn't like this album and I knew "punks," indie kids, radio kids and adults who fell more and more in love with it as they listened. It is for this reason of being SO socially and widely accepted and appreciated that this album ranks number 6 on the list. Oh yeah, the musik behind it rulezzz too... sorta :)




5. M83 - Saturdays = Youth - Electronic
Kim & Jessie
Graveyard Girl
Couleurs
We Own The Sky

Oh M83. How you have stolen my heart and run through mud and empty parking lots with it - again. This HEAVY electronic album is exactly that and delivers nothing short of an intensely captivating experience that is SURE to be loved by all past fans of the band and of the genre.






4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes - Alternative


Oh... my... gosh. I can't write anything more without wanting to go listen to this album... (review ends as Josh starts the album over... again)






3. Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill - Electronic/Folk

Disengaged
Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
Invisible

It's late, you're tired, your girlfriend is in the passenger seat asleep and you're on your way back from a concert 3 hours away from your home town. What do you listen to? This. This is what will make every late night that much more late, that much more peaceful and that much scarier. This is by far one of my favorite albums of the year and I cannot express with simple words how it has replaced every emotion I thought I knew about the night. Overall: this album replaced Burial's "Untrue" as best late night album of all time.




2. She & Him - Volume One - Pop/Folk/Country
Sentimental Heart
This Is Not A Test
I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
Take It Back (NPR Version - Not the album version)
You Really Got A Hold On Me (The Miracles Cover)

So let's take one of the best folk/country guitarists (M. Ward) and pair him up with one of the most anticipated voices in the movie/musik industry (Zoey Dechanel) and let them loose in the studio to lay down 12 flawless tracks. The outcome - "Volume One."


"I don't know what more they can do with musik after the discovery of mash ups" - Seth.
This is a Girl Talk album - need I say anymore?


So there you have it. The ultimate list. No need to go around searching for other blog's lists because let's face it - this one is sick.
Just kidding... ?

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