First I would like to give honorable mention to a few records that didn’t make my top ten list but deserved to be looked at.
- The Verve: Fourth
- The Kooks: Konk
- Michael Franti & Spearhead: All Rebel Rockers
- Black Keys: Attack & Releas
- The Avett Brothers: The Second Gleam
Now on with the list:
10. Drive By Truckers: Brighter Then Creation’s Dark
- The truckers make a valiant showing and don’t miss a beat in their first record after the departure of Jason Isbell.
9. Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid
- Elbow picked up the 2008 Mercury Prize with this gem.
8. The Whigs: Mission Control
- Not only do these guys put on a great live show but their CD rounds the bases with one rocking track after the next.
7. Old Crow Medicine Show: Tennessee Pusher
- OCMS throws it all on the griddle and fries it up in some bacon grease with Don Was producing.
6. Los Campesinos!: Hold On Now Youngster
- The first of two 2008 releases for LC, it’s manic and magnificent.
5. Sigur Ros: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
- The guys form Iceland took it easy on us DJ’s, there’s a pronounceable song title on this one.
4. Wild Sweet Orange: We Have Cause To Be Uneasy
- The Orange only have cause to be uneasy about how they should follow up this fantastic record.
3. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
- Who doesn’t love harmonies in pop music.
2. The Raconteurs: Consolers Of The Lonley
- Sorry there is no consolation prize for coming in second, but what a record.
1. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
- The Ivy league and African inspired guitar licks seem to be a winning combination.