The Essential Dozen (Albums of 2008)

A Listmania! list by adamKS
The list author says: "HONORABLE MENTIONS:

* death cab for cutie "narrow stairs"
* raveonettes "lust lust lust"
* vampire weekend "S/T"
* ra ra riot "the rhumb line"
* cat power "jukebox"
* the raconteurs "consolers for the lonely"
* beck "modern guilt"
* phantom planet "raise the dead"
* verve "forth"
* walkmen "you and me"
* rem accellerate"
* deerhunter "microcastle"
* jack's mannequin "the glass passenger"
* killers "day & age"
* nada surf "lucky"
* story of the year "black swan"
* panic at the disco "prett odd"
* delta spirit "ode to sunshine"
* beach house "devotion"
* travis "ode to J. Smith"
* grand archives "S/T"
* hold steady "stay positive"
* good old war "only way to be alone"
* conor oberst "S/T"
* ryan adams "cardiology"
* jenny lewis "acid tongue"
* titus Andronicus "airing of grievances"
* no age "nouns"
* Tokyo police club "elephant shell"
* Mgmt "oracular spectacular"
* cold war kids "loyalty to loyalty"
* weepies "hideaway"
* the black keys "attack and release"
* brenden canning "something for the rest of us"
* French kicks "swimming"
* albert Hammond jr "como te llama"
* these arms are snakes "tail swallower and dove"
* duffy "rockferry""
For Emma, Forever Ago
1.  For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
The list author says:
  "THE ALBUM OF 2008. out of nowhere, this great singer/songwriter released one of the best folk albums of the decade. similiar to iron & wine and fleet foxes in many ways but with a more lo fi, wintry sound. this album is for when your alone with your thoughts"
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The '59 Sound
2.  The '59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem
The list author says:
  "a great punk/rock/soul/folk record full of heart and passion and is one of the most unique albums i've heard in many years. this is authentic old school rock n roll like they use to make. a treasure to have a band like this exist in the 21st century"
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Little Joy
3.  Little Joy by Little Joy
The list author says:
  "the strokes drummer breaks from the band to play in this side project and maybe he should consider this his new band. such great music that sounds like the beach boys, the velvet underground, and even a little strokes. plus, 3 or 4 of the songs have female vocals. a stunning debut that shows tons of talent"
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Fleet Foxes
4.  Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
The list author says:
  "such a breathtaking album full of pastoral lush folk and also calling up the ghosts of brian wilson and elliot smith. this band is the real deal and this album just blew me away this year"
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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
5.  Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
The list author says:
  "an instant classic and such a huge artistic jump for this band. coldplay were always the band of sensitive guys with lush melodies but now they are true artists. this is an artistic album which shows depth, diversity, and tremendous growth. truly the best band in the world right now"
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The Alchemy Index: Vols. 3 & 4: Air & Earth
6.  The Alchemy Index: Vols. 3 & 4: Air & Earth by Thrice
The list author says:
  "two more amazing elements and different sides of the band we haven't seen before. the "air" ep is mesmerizing similiar to "water", and the "earth" ep is more stripped down and folky like dustin's solo effort. final verdict on the alchemy index...it's a masterpiece that raises the bar for the band as well as for music. this band is reinventing music as we speak..."
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New Surrender
7.  New Surrender by Anberlin
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Evil Urges
8.  Evil Urges by My Morning Jacket
The list author says:
  "this is a flat-out brilliant record and is the band's most diverse yet. it has everything...folk/classic country, acoustic ballads, slow-burning psychedelia, retro/doo wop, rock n roll, and surprisingly a crazy, fun song that is prince-esque. this is definitely their "kid A" album."
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You Are My Sunshine
9.  You Are My Sunshine by Copeland
The list author says:
  "after an already impressive back catalog, indie rock starwalts copeland may have released their best album thus far. while their albums have always shifted in sound and direction, this album shows the band continuously growing while displaying their best from their past albums."
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Volume One
10.  Volume One by M. Ward
The list author says:
  "the very charming, beautiful zooey deschanel and m. ward team up and make one of the most beautiful records of the year"
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Only by the Night
11.  Only by the Night by Kings of Leon
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Dig Out Your Soul
12.  Dig Out Your Soul by Oasis
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