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My top 10 albums of 2008

S. M. Paine
 
Elephant Shell
Elephant Shell
"A surprising choice at number 1 perhaps, and whilst not many critics would even put it in their end of year list let alone above Fleet Foxes, I can't help the fact that it's my favourite album of 2008"
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
"Superb album from a band I hadn't heard of until October. Genuinely haunting and chilling at times - "White Winter Hymnal" for instance"
The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
"Before this album a lot of people didn't know how good Elbow were. Now they do."
Stars And The Sea
Stars And The Sea
"A much underrated British indie band, lyrically not that great but absolutely delightful melodies with a hint of 80s retro - very nice"
Red, Yellow & Blue
Red, Yellow & Blue
Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
"If you like the Pigeon Detectives, check out these because they're actually good"
Little Death
Little Death
Only by the Night
Only by the Night
"I'm a fan of their earlier work rather than the stadium rock stuff but there's enough on here to keep me happy - "Closer", "Crawl", "Notion" especially"
Como Te Llama (+DVD)
Como Te Llama (+DVD)
"Slightly more experimental follow-up from the Strokes guitarist but plenty of songs hit the right spot, e.g. "Bargain of a Century", "The Boss Americana""
The Stand Ins
The Stand Ins