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My Fav Albums of 2008

Amplified Man
 
We Are Above You
We Are Above You
"In my opinion the most overlooked and underappreciated album of 2008. And quite possibly the best."
Meanderthal
Meanderthal
"Another stunning surprise album. After a mediocre debut and a promising EP, Torche drop this bombshell on us! Hailed as "Stoner Pop", decide for yourself..."
Float
Float
"Beautiful minimalist piano pieces from an amazingly talented guy."
Alas I Cannot Swim
Alas I Cannot Swim
"How young Marling hasn't broken the mainstream is beyond me. Brilliant poppy folk album."
Idolum
Idolum
"Utterly universe destroying in it's psychedelic heaviness. The Italian kings of doom metal return and show us who's boss."
Death Magnetic Limited Edition
Death Magnetic Limited Edition
"Love them, loathe them, but you sure as hell can't ignore them. Death Magnetic was the return to form they've been due for so long. Awesome."
Music Hole
Music Hole
"Another criminally overlooked artist. Absolutely nuts but she has a damn good ear for melody. Her performance blew away everyone else at The Big Chill this year."
Third
Third
"One of 2008's most discussed albums. For me, a triumph and thankfully I am not alone. Unbelievable live too."
Modern Guilt
Modern Guilt
"Beck cuts to the chase this time and once again delivers. One of my favourite artists and by the way things are going, always will be."
Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
"Gorgeously uplifting and hopeful instrumental music. Completely uncategorisable and indescribable, just get it and listen for yourself."
To Survive
To Survive
"Took a while to grow on me as I was a bit disappointed at first as it doesn't quite live up to her debut. But it's still a cracker. Joan is also one of the best live performers I've seen."
Litany Of Echoes
Litany Of Echoes
"'Cloud of Unknowing' was at the top of this list last year; the sheer joy of finding his music lifted it. It's a no lesser album to it's predecessor. More stunning 12 string guitar compositions."
A Single Book Of Songs
A Single Book Of Songs
"Amazon don't stock Mammoth Volume's 2008 album - L.B.F.H.B.D. as it was a free download. Amazing creative stoner rock."
Funeral Mixtape
Funeral Mixtape
"Brilliant two-piece blues band in the vein of the Black Keys - but they're girls... and they're a lot better..."
Home
Home
"But wait! Isn't this guy already in this list? Yep. This album is great as well, but this time he's penned us some mellow acoustic guitar numbers. Showoff!"
Real Emotional Trash
Real Emotional Trash
"I only got into Pavement this year (shame on me!) and Malkmus' solo stuff is a lot more free flowing a jammy than Pavement, yet still poppy and catchy as hell. How can I complain!?"
Nah Und Fern
Nah Und Fern
"Also got into minimal techno this year..... Wolfgang Voight's GAS project pretty much epitomises what minimal techno is. Lovely reissues in a nice textured box. Lovely."
Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008
Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008
"I just can't get enough of Clutch. Although it's not a complete show and isn't a great replacment for actually seeing them live, the tunes & performance are still as fantastic as ever."
Take Refuge in Clean Living
Take Refuge in Clean Living
"Grails are possibly the best instrumental band going at the moment, and that's saying a lot. This little EP is a stunner. Just try and pigeon-hole them, I dare you..."
Tempel
Tempel
"Unfortunately Amazon don't stock Colour Haze's latest album; ALL. A trippy, heavily 70s inspired journey through stoner rock. Great stuff."
Crippled Lucifer
Crippled Lucifer
"One of the cornerstone, essential bands of the modern extreme doom scene. Their entire back catalogue kindly reissued on two plastic discs. Cheers Southern Lord!"
Electrocution
Electrocution
"Another doom album. Unearthly Trance have been around for a while and they show it with their latest ear pummeling. Mixing in more black metal with their trudging doom this time."
War Metal Battle
War Metal Battle
"If the sound of medieval battle could be represented through a 4-piece band, then this is as close as you'll ever come. Metal enough for ya!"
Doomsdayer's Holiday
Doomsdayer's Holiday
"This was a massive disappointment for me, coming after three unbelievable releases. Yet, if you take a step back, you realise it's still a great album."
A Grave Is A Grim Horse
A Grave Is A Grim Horse
"Heavily old-world-folk inspired music from the Neurosis vocalist. Sombre, textural and deep. Great stuff. Cheers for reading!"