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Top 11 Albums of 2008

Daniel Martin "dantheduckman"
The list author says: "This was a surprising year for music. All the big releases such as Counting Crows, REM, Moby and Elvis Costello were really not even in the running to make my top ten. Still, overall, I think it was a better year for music than 2007."
Ode To J. Smith
Ode To J. Smith
"I know that I'm alone on an island with my love for this album, but that's ok.  If we need reminded at how awesome this band is take this into consideration:  Even though this album makes my number one for 2008, it's still only my 4th favorite Travis album.  Nuff said."
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
"Incredible album.  Not a bad song on this thing.  They've maybe single handedly brought strings back into the forefront of pop music."
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
"Icelandic or Hopelandic, as it sometimes referred, either way I don't understand the lyrics.  I've never looked up their translations either.  I like imagining what they mean.  Words fail to describe the beauty of this album.  Transcendent, comes to mind."
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
"What an amazing debut.  White Winter Hymnal may never get out of my head.  Beautiful music; beautiful lyrics and just a beautiful album."
Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
"This album gives me so much hope for Indie music.  Great music with amazing melodies and at times heart breaking lyrics.  Fantastic!"
The Stand Ins
The Stand Ins
"The sequel to The Stage Names is even better, and I'm not quite sure how that's possible."
Lost One
Lost One
"This is probably the most emotional album in the top 10.  Even when he's lighthearted, it's still a little sad, but in a very good way."
Lie Down in the Light
Lie Down in the Light
"Will Oldham at his happiest is still depressing, but he wears it so well."
In The Ever
In The Ever
"Two record label changes in as many albums hasn't changed ole Mason any.  This one is a bit better than Boneclouds, but that's a bit like saying Rubber Soul is better than Revolver."
@#%&*! Smilers
@#%&*! Smilers
"Her best album since Bachelor No. 2.  The Great Beyond and Ballantines are two songs you shouldn't miss out on."
Grand Archives
Grand Archives
"Mat Brooke left Band of Horses (last years number 11 pick) and started this nice little band.  Minature Birds and Sleepdriving make this album worth the price of admission, but it's not quite enough to make it a top ten... so this one goes to 11."