PopMatters' Best Albums of 2008



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 80
Based on 452 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (9), Hip Hop (6), Alternative Rock (5), Electronic (5), Soul (4), Electropop (3), Indie Pop (3), Singer-Songwriter (3), Rock (2), Indie Folk (2), Alt-Country (2), Jazz (1), Dream Pop (1), Experimental Rock (1), Experimental (1), Folk Rock (1), Trip Hop (1), Psychedelic (1), Sludge Metal (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Mashup (1), World (1), Dancehall (1), Piano Rock (1), Funk (1), Dubstep (1), Pop Rock (1), Folk (1), Southern Rock (1), Post-Rock (1)

1. Portishead - Third

Portishead - Third
April 28, 2008
Trip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
89
12 reviews
USER SCORE
87



2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
87



3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
15 reviews
USER SCORE
84



4. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
February 26, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
83
6 reviews
USER SCORE
79



5. The Bug - London Zoo

The Bug - London Zoo
July 7, 2008
Dancehall
CRITIC SCORE
86
7 reviews
USER SCORE
80



6. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
April 8, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
83
11 reviews
USER SCORE
86



7. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
88
16 reviews
USER SCORE
88



8. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
64



9. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
March 17, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82



10. Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...

Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...
February 22, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



11. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
July 14, 2008
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
72



12. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

Blitzen Trapper - Furr
September 23, 2008
Folk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78



13. Buena Vista Social Club - At Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club - At Carnegie Hall
October 14, 2008
CRITIC SCORE
100
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



14. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85



15. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
March 18, 2008
Funk
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73



16. Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
October 7, 2008
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84



17. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
March 18, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



18. R.E.M. - Accelerate

R.E.M. - Accelerate
March 31, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81



19. Why? - Alopecia

Why? - Alopecia
March 11, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
7 reviews
USER SCORE
86



20. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
January 22, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80



21. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
June 10, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
83
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84



22. The Walkmen - You & Me

The Walkmen - You & Me
August 19, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
85
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82



23. Beck - Modern Guilt

Beck - Modern Guilt
July 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78



24. No Age - Nouns

No Age - Nouns
May 8, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84



25. El Guincho - Alegranza

El Guincho - Alegranza
March 1, 2008
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73



26. Neon Neon - Stainless Style

Neon Neon - Stainless Style
March 18, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
79
7 reviews
USER SCORE
81



27. Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing

Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing
May 30, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
3 reviews
USER SCORE
83



28. Camille - Music Hole

Camille - Music Hole
April 8, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
83
4 reviews
USER SCORE
82



29. Q-Tip - The Renaissance

Q-Tip - The Renaissance
November 4, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83



30. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
86
11 reviews
USER SCORE
90



31. Jamie Lidell - Jim

Jamie Lidell - Jim
April 29, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
72
9 reviews
USER SCORE
NR



32. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
June 10, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
13 reviews
USER SCORE
76



33. The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride

The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
February 19, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
87



34. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
October 14, 2008
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
73
7 reviews
USER SCORE
72



35. Shearwater - Rook

Shearwater - Rook
June 3, 2008
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
11 reviews
USER SCORE
78



36. Al Green - Lay It Down

Al Green - Lay It Down
May 27, 2008
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
77
6 reviews
USER SCORE
71



37. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84



38. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
January 22, 2008
Southern Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
7 reviews
USER SCORE
83



39. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
November 11, 2008
Mashup
CRITIC SCORE
82
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79



40. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Lykke Li - Youth Novels
August 19, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
80



41. Shugo Tokumaru - Exit

Shugo Tokumaru - Exit
September 2, 2008
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
82



42. Santigold - Santigold

Santigold - Santigold
April 29, 2008
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



43. The Roots - Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
April 29, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74



44. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
April 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86



45. Lizz Wright - The Orchard

Lizz Wright - The Orchard
February 26, 2008
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR



46. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
March 25, 2008
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
77



47. Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust

Sigur Rós - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
June 24, 2008
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
11 reviews
USER SCORE
84



48. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
September 9, 2008
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84



49. Nas - Untitled

Nas - Untitled
July 1, 2008
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
59
8 reviews
USER SCORE
69



50. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
June 24, 2008
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
86
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85



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