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    Session Musician Dementia32's Avatar
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    Default Under The Radar's Best of 2008

    I hadn't noticed any "best of" lists being posted here so far and the year is pretty much over at this point. Some of you may be familiar with Under The Radar magazine. I think that it's a pretty decent read from time to time, but there's plenty that I don't agree with in their list for the top 50 albums of the past year. Of course, there's plenty that I do agree with as well. So... here's the list. Opinions?

    50. Frida Hyvonen - Silence Is Wild
    49. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
    48. School of Language - Sea from Shore
    47. The Week That Was - The Week That Was
    46. The Verve - Forth
    45. The old Believers - Eight Golden Greats
    44. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
    43. Jim Noir - Jim Noir
    42. Dungen - 4
    41. F*ck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
    40. Ladytron - Velocifero
    39. Beck - Modern Guilt
    38. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
    37. Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
    36. The Walkmen - You & Me
    35. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
    34. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
    33. Spiritualized - Songs in A&E
    32. Fujiya & Miyagi - Lightbulbs
    31. Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
    30. Frances - All the While
    29. Pop Levi - Never Never Love
    28. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
    27. Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    26. Jamie Lidell - Jim
    25. Tindersticks - The Hungry Saw
    24. Black Mountain - In the Future
    23. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
    22. British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
    21. Love Is All - A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night
    20. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    19. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    18. R.E.M. - Accelerate
    17. No Age - Nouns
    16. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
    15. Neon Neon - Stainless Style
    14. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
    13. Plants and Animals - Pare Avenue
    12. Deerhunter - Microcastle
    11. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
    10. The Dears - Missiles
    9. Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
    8. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
    7. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
    6. She & Him - Volume One
    5. The Duke Spirit - Neptune
    4. Portishead - Third
    3. The Dodos - Visiter
    2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
    1. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

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    Record Producer JonG's Avatar
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    That is very similar to other lists I've seen. I personally wouldn't rate the Vampire Weekend record so high. Everyone is putting Fleet Foxes in their top three. That I agree with.

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    I own 8 of the top 10 albums that they have listed. The two that aren't a part of my collection are the releases from Vampire Weekend and The Dears. That may have a direct impact on what I'm about to say, but I personally feel as if the Vampire Weekend release really doesn't deserve to be anywhere near that high.

    Also, the Flight of the Conchords album is fun but the 9th best album of the year? Really?

    The really consistent choices from most lists that I've seen seem to be Fleet Foxes, Portishead, and M83. I think that they are pretty much in every top 10 list and have topped a few of them. I can't disagree with any of that.

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