Top 20 Albums of 2008

A Listmania! list by Parkamarka
 
OH (Ohio)
1.  OH (Ohio) by Lambchop
The list author says:
  "I put this on whilst cycling along the river from Chorlton to Didsbury as the sun was going down. It was totally badass, in a hushed, meandering sort of way, and has been my no.1 album ever since."
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Fleet Foxes
2.  Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
The list author says:
  "If I was into cop-outs, this would be joint album of the year. But since every other list-Nazi on the internet has given this its due already, the completely ignored Lambchop classic's getting my nod."
£5.99   Used & New from: £1.12
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

For Emma Forever Ago
3.  For Emma Forever Ago by Bon Iver
The list author says:
  "Log Cabin blah blah blah, Woods in Wisconsin etc etc, Dumped by Girlfriend aaaarrgghhh. Music journalists - get a new angle! Great album btw. Haunting, yeah?"
£9.99   Used & New from: £4.20
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

Instant Coffee Baby
4.  Instant Coffee Baby by The Wave Pictures
The list author says:
  "With mass-market landfill HMV "indie" completely saturating the market in 2008, TWP are a godsend with their analog sound, fanzine-style artwork and stripped-down, intelligent rock 'n' roll."
£8.71   Used & New from: £4.83
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Volume One
5.  Volume One by M. Ward
The list author says:
  "Pilfers the sound of 50's rock 'n' roll and 60's girl-pop without sounding like a novelty, Pipettes-style pastiche record. Nice to see M. Ward mixing it up a little as well, bring on the new album."
£17.28   Used & New from: £5.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

MIDNIGHT ORGAN FIGHT
6.  MIDNIGHT ORGAN FIGHT by Frightened Rabbit
The list author says:
  "Not only a great euphemism, The Midnight Organ Fight is an album of such lyrical grit you can easily forgive the fact that it sounds a bit Snow Patrol. STDs have never sounded so melodic."
£8.01   Used & New from: £4.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Jim
7.  Jim by Jamie Lidell
The list author says:
  "Refreshingly unpretentious feelgood pop from Cambridge's blindest white soul singer."
£12.23   Used & New from: £0.07
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Oracular Spectacular
8.  Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
The list author says:
  "Is there anything more hateable than a hippy hipster? It's testament to how good this album is that I don't even want to break their arms or anything."
£6.21   Used & New from: £0.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Saturdays = Youth
9.  Saturdays = Youth by M83
The list author says:
  "Probably their best album thus far, and a lot warmer than the first two records - although maybe I'm just easily influenced by their (great) album covers."
£6.07   Used & New from: £3.54
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Heretic Pride
10.  Heretic Pride by Mountain Goats
The list author says:
  "John Darnielle's voice is like Marmite. It's brown and made from yeast extract. With Heretic Pride he's moved even further from his trademark homemade aesthetic, to great effect. Tons of fun."
£9.35   Used & New from: £5.69
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Re-Arrange Us [Us Import]
11.  Re-Arrange Us [Us Import] by Mates of State
The list author says:
  "So saccharine it could be an album for kids, husband-and-wife duo Mates of State are the ultimate family-friendly band. You'll probably hate it, but I don't."
£18.55   Used & New from: £1.13

The Seldom Seen Kid
12.  The Seldom Seen Kid by elbow
The list author says:
  "A lot's been made of this album's stomping anthems, but Elbow's strength has always been the beauty of melancholy, and Friend of Ours is their most heartbreaking, greatest song ever."
£3.00   Used & New from: £0.78
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

A Larum
13.  A Larum by Johnny Flynn
The list author says:
  "Johnny Flynn seems to think he's some kind of Dickensian hobo. He's the Russell Brand of jaunty folk. He's a disgrace, and should be banned."
£6.30   Used & New from: £2.41
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Dear Science
14.  Dear Science by TV on the Radio
The list author says:
  "Their ambition and creativity means their albums always have an impressive impact, but often this doesn't translate into longevity for me. I LOVED this for a week or two, but haven't been back since."
£9.87   Used & New from: £1.03
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

The Stand Ins
15.  The Stand Ins by Okkervil River
The list author says:
  "Okkervil River released my favourite song of the year last year ('Unless It's Kicks') and have done the same in 2008 (with 'Lost Coastlines'). A nice companion album to The Stage Names."
£11.11   Used & New from: £4.49
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

In Ghost Colours
16.  In Ghost Colours by Cut Copy
The list author says:
  "What would happen if Chromeo met Savage Garden? I'm not sure, but I imagine it would involve a lot of bumming."
£9.41   Used & New from: £1.09
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Parc Avenue
17.  Parc Avenue by Plants and Animals
The list author says:
  "This would doubtless have ranked much higher if I hadn't only just discovered it while compiling this list. Grabbed me from the first listen, though - shades of Arcade Fire, Midlake and MMJ. Sold."
£14.36   Used & New from: £3.03
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Builders & The Butchers (Spkg)
18.  Builders & The Butchers (Spkg) by The Builders and the Butchers
The list author says:
  "Stomping, bluesy singalongs, combining elements of Two Gallants, Okkervil River and the White Stripes. Recommended. Obviously."
£19.40   Used & New from: £5.55

Alas I Cannot Swim
19.  Alas I Cannot Swim by Laura Marling
The list author says:
  "Look into the camera, Marling. You're fooling no-one with this aloof, tortured-soul troubador gimmick."
£6.83   Used & New from: £2.94
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

Flight Of The Conchords
20.  Flight Of The Conchords by Flight of the Conchords
The list author says:
  "So many contenders for the last spot on MY PRESTIGIOUS INTERNET LIST. None of them made me laugh out loud on a train though, and that's gotta be worth something, right?"
£10.00   Used & New from: £2.22
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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