The Top Twenty Albums of 2008 (The Top Five)


With less than eight hours to go, here’s the rest of my picks for 2008. These five kept shifting positions, so any one is probably interchangeable with another. The changes in position were based less on my own taste than the general state of the world.

  1. Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
  2. Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
  3. Portishead – Third
  4. M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  5. The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind

#5. Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

I never thought I would say that a former child star had the chops to rock my face off, but after seeing Jenny Lewis live, I can testify that such rocking does and did occur.

#4. Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

On first listen, I thought it didn’t work. On second listen, I got it. Released with almost no advance fanfare, The Odd Couple went unnoticed by most people. Don’t be like most people.

#3. Portishead – Third

Doom. Beautiful doom. Third is the soundtrack of a world spinning off its axis.

#2. M83 – Saturdays = Youth

They’re French. They’re happy (except when they’re heartbroken). And they make music like it’s 1986. Really, really good music.

#2. The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind

Phonte Coleman is a genius. In 2008, he continued working with hip-hop’s Little Brother, established the funniest and funkiest podcast ever with DJ Brainchild and released a retro-tastic covers album with producer Zo! called Zo! and Tigallo Love The 80s. But then he rounds out the year with Leave It All Behind, his second collaboration with producer Nicolay. It isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be. This is just great music, done for the love of doing so.


2 responses to “The Top Twenty Albums of 2008 (The Top Five)”

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