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Top 25 CD's of 2008

Jeff Chruney
 
Dear Science
Dear Science
"#1 - wonderful accomplishment and mix of art/pop/rock/kitchen sink.  this was the disc they were building towards, a refinement of their sensiblities and soundscapes of their previous work.  I don't expect their next to be this accessible."
Zion Crossroads
Zion Crossroads
"every song classic...one of the best reggae discs of the last 25 years - must hear."
Everyone Thinks You're the Best
Everyone Thinks You're the Best
"much different from their first, this is a bonafide no holds barred passionate rock record.  It took me a while to warm up to it because it was so different from what I expected, but in the end, that's why i liked it so much"
Loud Is the Night
Loud Is the Night
"extremely late addition to a great music year, adding in because I didn't know about it for a year and then I couldn't find it for a year - hard to describe the music but it's at once very familar (beatles, soul, etc) and at once brand new...love it and look forward to more"
Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
"being a recent convert to the true genius of Dylan, this two-disc set really grabbed me.  Loved every song on it, and recently got the bonus disc 3 which is wonderful as well.  Highly recommended."
Real Animal
Real Animal
"thiw was my first real introduction to Alejandro (I know, I know...) and what an introduction.  Great songs, even better lyrics.  I have no idea why he isn't huge.  Hats off to Chucky P for his contributions to the disc too..."
Modern Guilt
Modern Guilt
"although the Beck style I prefer (as opposed to his more mellow acoustic side), this one took a while for me to warm up to...but once I did, it's as good as my other fave Beck albums...long time fave artist as well..."
One Kind Favor
One Kind Favor
"If you told me B.B.'s latest would land in my top 10, I would've said you were crazy...not because he doesn't have the talent, just because he hasn't been vital in quite some time.  This is vital.  In no small part to T-Bones production and band.  But B.B. made it work."
I'm Not There
I'm Not There
"Various artists albums never get included in my top 25 list.  Until now.  Great versions of even greater songs.  Love them all - buy it."
Loaded
Loaded
"I am hard pressed to find one thing not to like about any of the Wood Brothers music.  Fun, funky, jazzy, rocky, laid back, it's all good."
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
"Skeptical I was, with the loss of Jason Isbell and the conflicting reports as to why...that said, DBT hasn't lost a step, Jason has his own band which is great.  Win/Win.  Long live DBT."
Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
"Great Band.  Great subject.  Great Lyrics.  Great."
Midnight Boom
Midnight Boom
"This one came out of nowhere for me...lo-fi slab of art/rock.  Inventive, creative, passionate, challangeing..if you like those things, you like this..."
Gift Of Screws
Gift Of Screws
"didn't want to like it....didn't want to like it....didn't want to like it...loved it!"
Stay Positive
Stay Positive
"Saw them live with DBT.  made me a permanent fan.  Crazy.  Love them, even if they remind me way too much of Bruce, who I don't love so much..."
Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006 (2CD+DVD)
Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006 (2CD+DVD)
"B-sides and rarities albums also never make my list.  But, these are so good I had to include.  Of course, you should own the other Eels stuff too, but his throwaways are better than most artists keepers."
Consolers of the Lonely
Consolers of the Lonely
"While the band did not live up to my lofty expecations (I really don't think they could have...), they still made outstanding rock records, the likes of which are made these days.  I hope they have some more up their sleeves."
Trouble in Dreams
Trouble in Dreams
"Dan is an artist.  Buy all his work and enjoy."
Little Joy
Little Joy
"While I follow all of the Strokes side projects, this one struck me more than the others...perhaps it was the lo-fi nature or the VU leanings...not sure, but I listened alot.  Only downfall is it's way too short!"
Slip
Slip
"Trent revival in the 2nd half of the decade was unexpected.  Thought we lost him.  We didn't."
Shall Noise Upon
Shall Noise Upon
"the 2nd time I heard this one, it was like I knew it forever, an old classic."
Break Up the Concrete
Break Up the Concrete
"Chrissie rules the rock.  Period.  No other chick comes close.  Everything she does is good.  I don't own everything, but I own most and I'm never disappointed."
3 Rounds and a Sound
3 Rounds and a Sound
"this ones deceptively sly and complex for what it sounds like, which is a pleasant little minor key sad offering...but much more than that, and garnered multiple listens which are big words these days..."
Dreaming My Dreams
Dreaming My Dreams
"not this disc, but Chuck Prophets version of this disc...I'm sure you should probably own this disc as well, but the story behind the making of the Chuck version is reason enough to hear the damn thing...great stuff, both original and Chuck version..."
From the Reach
From the Reach
"Guest stars abound, but Sonny is the real star.  the other guys are just giving him the props that the public doesn't.  Great player, great album."
Ghost Notes
Ghost Notes
"this one was a grower...saw them open for Neil and Wilco as an introduction...now I know why...just knocked out of the top 25 and into honorable mention territory with the addition of hacienda to number four"
Accelerate
Accelerate
"Riding on #27 as my honorable mention - I had no reason to expect R.E.M. to return with a passionate rock album at this stage of the game.  but they did, and it's great.  Thank you R.E.M. for the career, it's been a lot of fun."