Musically, 2008 will go down as a year ruled by various incarnations of rock and pop. In my opinion hip-hop just didn’t bring the heat in ’08; however, looking at my musical barometer I’d say hip-hop is in the middle of a transformation that will spell big things in ’09. Anyway, enough waxing philosophical, here’s my damn list.
10. Roll With You – Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves
9. The ’59 Sound – Gaslight Anthem
8. Stay Positive – The Hold Steady
7. Real Animal – Alejandro Escovedo
6. Attack & Release – The Black Keys
5. Cardinology – Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
4. A Love Extreme – Benji Hughes
3. Remind Me In 3 Days… – The Knux
2. Oracular Spectacular – MGMT
1. The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers
The cusp: The Kills: Midnight Boom, Priscilla Ahn: A Good Day, Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst, Santogold: Santogold, Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak, She & Him: Volume I, The Raconteurs: Consolers of the Lonely, Neil Young: Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 & Al Green: Lay it Down.
Release the Hounds!