Top 10 Albums of 2008 :: [Into this halfway home]

Thanks to everyone who tuned into to the Top 50 Songs feature. It almost killed me. But at the same time there was something therapeutic in the whole thing. I spent my commute home from work today listening to the list from 50 to 1 and I was struck by how much music I got to listen to this year and how much of it was good. And it wasn't just songs. There were great records that came out this year and here's the shotgun list.

10)Dead Confederate - Wrecking Ball

9)Friendly Fires - S/T

8)Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight

7)The Killers - Day & Age

6)The Airborne Toxic Event - S/T

5)Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell

4)We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

3)Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us

2)Bloc Party - Intimacy

1)TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

This isn't a real Power Ranking. In fact, other than the top three, you'd be hard pressed to rate these records against each other. They were all good in their own ways and some of them were misunderstood. The Killers and We Are Scientists tapped the 80s in the most interesting ways in years. Who would have thought that Erasure, Duran Duran, and Peter Gabriel could be reincarnated and sound so relevent? People didn't get it. But that was because pop music really pushed itself this year. Mates of State released the best album of their career so far. Same goes for TV on the Radio. Bloc Party challenged the hell out of us. People didn't get it. Some of these albums were unsettling or made artistic choices that made people angry. Well, not everyone can shit on a record and sell it. Some people have to try. Some people want to blow the roof off the joint. Some people self-actualize no matter what you say.

Honorable mention: Deerhunter - Microcastle, Vampire Weekend - S/T, Fujiya and Miyagi - Lightbulbs, Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line, Passion Pit - Chunk of Change, School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

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