The Best Albums Of 2008

A Listmania! list by P. Cox "post-grape" (UK)
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Nouns
1.  Nouns by No Age
The list author says:
  "Album Of The Year, possibly for sheer kinetic exuberance. Beneath the dissonant noise are killer pop hooks. Highlight: Teen Creeps"
£16.59   Used & New from: £0.34
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Saint Dymphna
2.  Saint Dymphna by Gang Gang Dance
The list author says:
  "Now working with more pronounced dance and pop sensibilities hasn't hurt Gang Gang Dance, but has only made them stronger. Excellent explorations. Highlight: Princes"
£11.13   Used & New from: £0.40
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Third
3.  Third by Portishead
The list author says:
  "What a comeback. Strengthend and sonically more diverse for their 11 year hiatus, this is their best yet. Highlight: Machine Gun"
£5.33   Used & New from: £1.24
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dear Science
4.  Dear Science by TV on the Radio
The list author says:
  "Immaculately produced intelligent rock/pop/funk/delete as appropriate. Few can touch them. Highlight: Lover's Day"
£9.94   Used & New from: £0.15
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Modern Guilt
5.  Modern Guilt by Beck
The list author says:
  "His best since Sea Change, and maybe his best yet. Brief but loaded. Highlight: Volcano"
£14.26   Used & New from: £3.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Street Horrrsing
6.  Street Horrrsing by Fuck Buttons
The list author says:
  "Saw them live supporting Black Dice a couple years back and was blown away. Their debut proper had the same effect. Noise's Dark Side Of The Moon? Highlight: Bright Tomorrow"
£8.47   Used & New from: £4.94
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Black Sea
7.  Black Sea by Fennesz
The list author says:
  "It's been a little over four years since the excellent Venice. Black Sea taught that patience is well rewarded. Highlight: Saffron Revolution"
£12.48   Used & New from: £6.79
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Velocifero
8.  Velocifero by Ladytron
The list author says:
  "Pristine electro-pop of this nature can run the risk of feeling disposable, but few albums have been able to dislodge Velocifero from my CD player all year. Terrific. Highlight: Ghosts"
£12.98   Used & New from: £3.71
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Health/Disco
9.  Health/Disco by Health
The list author says:
  "A remix album beyond comparison. Criminally I have yet to pick up the source material. Don't think I won't be though. Fantastic. Highlight: Crimewave (with Crystal Castles)"
£8.03   Used & New from: £5.47
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Jim
10.  Jim by Jamie Lidell
The list author says:
  "In this climate of retro-soul chic I'd have thought Jim would've propelled Jamie Lidell to superstar status, it has all the potential and all the songs. Highlight: Wait For Me"
£9.24   Used & New from: £0.24
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Rising Down
11.  Rising Down by The Roots
The list author says:
  "The Roots continue to explore the darkness of our times with unequalled polish and finesse. Highlight: Criminal"
£13.44   Used & New from: £1.98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Fleet Foxes
12.  Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
The list author says:
  "Not quite the out-and-out masterpiece it's been hailed as, but nevertheless Fleet Foxes' debut is an incredible achievement. Highlight: White Winter Hymnal"
£8.86   Used & New from: £1.24
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Mande Variations
13.  The Mande Variations by Toumani Diabate
The list author says:
  "His guest spot on Bjork's Volta got me interested, his mesmerising appearance on Jools Holland got me converted. Masterful. Highlight: Kaounding Cissoko"
£10.03   Used & New from: £8.23
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Ohio [Limited Edition]
14.  Ohio [Limited Edition] by Lambchop
The list author says:
  "2006's Damaged was, well, as good as perfect. OH (Ohio) feels like a slightly lesser work, but even a slightly lesser Lambchop album is worth your time. Highlight: Of Raymond"
£7.99   Used & New from: £2.33
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Stainless Style
15.  Stainless Style by Neon Neon
The list author says:
  "Boom Bip, Gruff Rhys and a host of guests take 80s nostalgia to new, pristine levels on this stella concept album about the life of John DeLorean. Obviously. Highlight: Steel Your Girl"
£5.00   Used & New from: £0.20
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Quaristice
16.  Quaristice by Autechre
The list author says:
  "Best listened to as a whole, and honestly as challenging as they've ever been, nevertheless Quaristice is their finest work since Confield in my book. Highlight: Altibzz"
£11.23   Used & New from: £2.42
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Meš suš ķ eyrum viš spilum endalaust
17.  Meš suš ķ eyrum viš spilum endalaust by Sigur Rós
The list author says:
  "Whilst not in the same league as Įgaetis Byrjun or ( ), it's a great step on from the bland pomposity of Takk. Solid work. Highlight: Festival"
£4.99   Used & New from: £1.21
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Songs in A&E
18.  Songs in A&E by Spiritualized
The list author says:
  "Thankfully banishing all memories of Amazing Grace, Songs In A&E finds the band firing on all cylinders once more. A welcome return. Highlight: Death Take Your Fiddle"
£5.67   Used & New from: £3.37
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Smile
19.  Smile by Boris
The list author says:
  "Another fuzzy blast of psychedelic Japanese prog-metal? Yes please! Highlight: Untitled"
£11.06   Used & New from: £7.61
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Distortion
20.  Distortion by The Magnetic Fields
The list author says:
  "It took much of the year to win me over, but Distortion managed it. A grower worth your time. Highlight: California Girls"
£10.56   Used & New from: £1.78
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
21.  Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull by Earth
The list author says:
  "With Sunn O))) touring the drone-rock angle with excellence, Earth continued their new phase of desert rock with exceptional effect. Highlight: Omens And Portents I (The Driver)"
£9.37   Used & New from: £5.13
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Hawk Is Howling
22.  The Hawk Is Howling by Mogwai
The list author says:
  "To be brutally honest,their worst album to date, yet it's still no failure, if a little safe. Highlight: Scotland's Shame"
£8.03   Used & New from: £4.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Object 47
23.  Object 47 by Wire
The list author says:
  "Comparable to their late 70s/early 80s hayday in places, Object 47 proved Wire were still a band deserving respect. Highlight: Four Long Years"
£12.58   Used & New from: £5.30
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Lie Down In The Light
24.  Lie Down In The Light by Bonnie Prince Billy
The list author says:
  "When 2006's The Letting Go had more of a folk influence, Lie Down In The Light has a marked country feel to it. Good songs all. Highlight: (Keep Eye On) Other's Gain"
£10.46   Used & New from: £3.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
25.  Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave
The list author says:
  "Can't say I was as wowed as most of the critics seemed to be, but nevertheless this is still another strong set of songs from the outfit. Highlight: Today's Lesson"
£9.19   Used & New from: £1.56
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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