Favorite albums of 2008

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Favorite albums of 2008

Postby Russell » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:36 pm

One of the great things about the end of any year is putting together lists. Here are my favorite albums of 2008, in no particular order:
    The BoDeans - Still
    Mavis Staples - We'll Never Turn Back
    Tim Grimm - Holding Up the World
    Rain Perry - Cinderblock Bookshelves
    Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
    Smash Palace - Everybody Comes and Goes
    Rachel Harrington - City of Refuge
    Drive By Truckers - Brighter Than Creations Dark
Anyone else have a list of favorite albums of 2008? ( I guess I don't need to add that I plan to mine any lists for possible inclusion on MusicByTheAlbum.com).

Special note: Just like Patty would be, Marybeth is disqualified from consideration for my list because of subjective bias.
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Postby Hugues » Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:48 pm

Lonely Drifter Karen - Grass Is Singing
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swing
Mates of State - Re-Arranger Us
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
El Perro del Mar - From the Valley to the Stars
Jolie Holland - The Living and the Dead
Dar Williams - Promised Land
Karine Polwart - This Earthly Spell
The Ditty Bops - Summer Rains
Sam Phillips - Don't Do Anything
Rebecca Martin - The Growing Season
Anne McCue - East of Electric
Johnny Flynn - A Larum
Brazilian Girls - New York City
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Postby Rongrittz » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:25 pm

In a pretty light year for good new music, in my opinion (except for Dar's new one), I can pretty safely say that my favorite CD of the year will be the new Richard Shindell-produced Antje Duvekot CD which should be out any time now . . .
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Postby RightOverThisMess » Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:21 am

My favorite, by far, has been Martha Wainwright's I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too.
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Postby keith from ny » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:12 am

Not as good as last year IMO, but some good stuff nonetheless.

Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
Tift Merritt - Another Country
Over the Rhine - Live from Nowhere III
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattlin' Bones
Anne Heaton - Blazing Red
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip in the Grain
The Sacred Shakers
Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
Ryan Adams - Cardinology
Kris Delmhorst - Shotgun Singer
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Susan Tedeschi - Back to the River
Anne McCue - East of Electric
Rodney Crowell - Sex and Gasoline
Cat Power - Jukebox

We'll Never Turn Back was actually a 2007 release.

Biggest letdowns: Little Honey and She Ain't Me.

Most promising full CD debut: Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption

Haven't heard the latest BoDeans or Teddy Thompson yet. Certainly looking forward to Antje's new one.
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Postby marybeth » Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:18 am

Man, disqualified! :?

Mine are:

Kathleen Edwards, Asking for Flowers
Laura Marling, Alas I cannot Swim
Tift Merritt, Another Country
The Weepies, Hideaway
The Kooks, Sway (don't laugh, this is awesome pop!)
Rachel Harrington, City of Refuge
Rain Perry, Cinderblock Bookshelves
Drive By Truckers - Brighter Than Creations Dark
K.C. McKanzie, Hammer and Nails

I have to say this was the year I also rediscovered some old loves or discovered some older music, such as Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young and Gram Parsons.
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Postby Russell » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:16 am

keith from ny wrote:We'll Never Turn Back was actually a 2007 release.

Well, um, I knew that . . . :oops:

I've now listened to Karine Polwart's This Earthly Spell (on Hugues' favorites list) a couple of times. Darn good. Maybe I'll replace We'll Never Turn Back with that one, but I'll have to let it age at least a month before I can do that.
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Postby KarenL » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:10 am

There are so many CDs I want to buy based on everyone's lists! Here are mine, in order...

Portishead - Third
Patty Larkin - Watch The Sky
Dar Williams - Promised Land
Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream
Jonatha Brooke - The Works
Anne Heaton - Blazing Red
Juliana Hatfield - How To Walk Away
The Verve - Forth
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
Primal Scream - Beautiful Future
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Postby bivester » Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:05 am

here are mine (in no particular order as of yet);

teddy thompson – “a piece of what you need”
over the rhine - “live from nowhere volume 3”
cat power – “jukebox”
kathleen edwards – “asking for flowers”
rodney crowell – “sex and gasoline”
shelby lynne – “just a little lovin’ “
cowboy junkies – “trinity revisited”
alejandro escovedo – “real animal”
tift merritt – “another country”
carrie rodriguez – “she ain’t me”
ben sollee – “learning to bend”
ryan adams and the cardinals - "cardinology"
kris delmhorst – “shotgun singer”
david byrne & brian eno – “everything that happens will happen today”
johnny cash - “johnny cash at folsom prison: legacy edition”
bob dylan – “tell tale signs - rare and unreleased 1989-2006”
ray lamontagne - “gossip in the grain”


and cat powers's [ep] "dark end of the street" comes out on 12.09, and i have very little doubt that it will be worthy of being added...
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Postby Fool On Fire » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:14 pm

My favorite thus far is Animal! from Margot & the Nuclear So-and-So's. Easy top to my list this year. But I will have to compile further.

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Postby sfboy » Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:24 pm

I'm going to make a slightly different list. I hope it's OK.

My "A" list (CDs I love)
Gift of Screws Lindsey Buckingham
Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings Counting Crows
Asking for Flowers Kathleen Edwards
Backwoods Barbie Dolly Parton
Sundirtwater The Waifs
A Piece of What You Need Teddy Thompson
Last Days at the Lodge Amos Lee

My "B" list (CDs I like a lot or that have some great songs and some just OK songs)
Our Bright Future Tracy Chapman
Promised Land Dar Williams
Detours Sheryl Crow
Little Honey Lucinda Williams
What Is Love For Justin Currie
Acid Tongue Jenny Lewis

My "C" list (CDs that I like OK)

Life Death Love and Freedom John Mellencamp
Smilers Aimee Mann
Day After Tomorrow Joan Baez
Seeing Things Jakob Dylan
Same Old Man John Hiatt

My "D" list (major disappointments)

Time the Conqueror Jackson Browne

My "F" list (plain ol' disasters)

This Kind of Love Carly Simon

Also, I have a proposition. I know that it probably belongs in the mixes threads, but I don't think people check those threads out so much, so I thought I'd put it here. I don't get exposed to that much new music, and I thought a good way to remedy that might be to trade "Best of '08" mixes. Maybe 2 CDs with no more than 2 songs from any one artist. I really respect the musical tastes of people on this board, and I think this would be fun. If you're interested, just PM me your address and I'll send you out my "Best of '08" mixes and you can send me yours. Thanks!

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Postby bivester » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:48 pm

sfboy wrote:
Sundirtwater The Waifs

i have got to get this. i guess i'm going to have to order it online, ear x-tacy doesn't even have it.
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Postby Arlene » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:37 pm

I think my favorite album of the year is one that nobody's mentioned yet: Yarn's second CD, Empty Pockets. (This band from Brooklyn reminds me a lot of Whiskeytown, and not just because Caitlin Cary sings a prominent harmony vocal on one of the tracks.)

Also, while I agree it hasn't been a great year for music, one other that would make my top 10 list which nobody has mentioned is Emmylou Harris's All I Intended to Be.
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Postby keith from ny » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:22 pm

I love sundirtwater, but it's also a 2007 release. I was counting Trinity Revisited as a 2007 release as well, since it released in Canada last year.

However, I completely forgot about Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson's wonderful CD Rattlin' Bones, which is definitely in my top 5. :roll: Going to revise now...

Kevin, I've been doing a mix of my favorites from the year the past couple of years and plan to do it again! I've learned about tons of great music here on PattyNet.
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Postby marybeth » Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:22 am

Great idea, Kevin, I'll play! Woops, I forgot that Kasey Chambers album too, and the Teddy Thompson! Back to revise....
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