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PopMatters' Best Albums of 2008

1. Portishead - Third

Portishead - Third
April 28, 2008
Trip Hop
Critic Score
86
16 reviews
User Score
88
82 reviews

2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
87
150 reviews

3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
86
17 reviews
User Score
84
78 reviews

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
82
7 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

5. The Bug - London Zoo

The Bug - London Zoo
July 7, 2008
Dancehall
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

6. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
April 8, 2008
Electropop
Critic Score
82
12 reviews
User Score
85
52 reviews

7. Deerhunter - Microcastle

Deerhunter - Microcastle
October 28, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
87
16 reviews
User Score
87
92 reviews

8. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
69
20 reviews

9. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
March 17, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
11 reviews
User Score
82
29 reviews

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

Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...
February 22, 2008
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
13 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

11. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
July 14, 2008
Rock
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
72
6 reviews

12. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

Blitzen Trapper - Furr
September 23, 2008
Folk Rock
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

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
74
1 review

14. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
15 reviews
User Score
84
147 reviews

15. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
March 18, 2008
Funk
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews

16. Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
October 7, 2008
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
84
14 reviews

17. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
March 18, 2008
Electronic
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
82
69 reviews

18. R.E.M. - Accelerate

R.E.M. - Accelerate
March 31, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
81
9 reviews

19. Why? - Alopecia

Why? - Alopecia
March 11, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
9 reviews
User Score
85
23 reviews

20. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
January 22, 2008
Electronic
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
80
91 reviews

21. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
June 10, 2008
Electronic
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
User Score
84
31 reviews

22. The Walkmen - You & Me

The Walkmen - You & Me
August 19, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
82
15 reviews

23. Beck - Modern Guilt

Beck - Modern Guilt
July 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
78
30 reviews

24. No Age - Nouns

No Age - Nouns
May 8, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
84
34 reviews

25. El Guincho - Alegranza

El Guincho - Alegranza
March 1, 2008
Experimental
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
73
3 reviews

26. Neon Neon - Stainless Style

Neon Neon - Stainless Style
March 18, 2008
Electropop
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

27. Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing

Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing
May 30, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
83
5 reviews

28. Camille - Music Hole

Camille - Music Hole
April 8, 2008
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

29. Q-Tip - The Renaissance

Q-Tip - The Renaissance
November 4, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
User Score
88
4 reviews

30. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
89
155 reviews

31. Jamie Lidell - Jim

Jamie Lidell - Jim
April 29, 2008
Soul
Critic Score
70
10 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

32. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
June 10, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
16 reviews
User Score
73
10 reviews

33. The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride

The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
February 19, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
88
3 reviews

34. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey

Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
October 14, 2008
Alt-Country
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
72
1 review

35. Shearwater - Rook

Shearwater - Rook
June 3, 2008
Folk
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

36. Al Green - Lay It Down

Al Green - Lay It Down
May 27, 2008
Soul
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
72
2 reviews

37. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Dream Pop
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
User Score
83
52 reviews

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
5 reviews

39. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals

Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
November 11, 2008
Mashup
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
81
11 reviews

40. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Lykke Li - Youth Novels
August 19, 2008
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
79
21 reviews

41. Shugo Tokumaru - Exit

Shugo Tokumaru - Exit
September 2, 2008
Indie Pop
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
User Score
82
1 review

42. Santigold - Santigold

Santigold - Santigold
April 29, 2008
Electropop
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
81
31 reviews

43. The Roots - Rising Down

The Roots - Rising Down
April 29, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

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

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
April 8, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
87
17 reviews

45. Lizz Wright - The Orchard

Lizz Wright - The Orchard
February 26, 2008
Jazz
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
85
1 review

46. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
March 25, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
69
13 reviews
User Score
77
15 reviews

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
14 reviews
User Score
83
40 reviews

48. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins

Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
September 9, 2008
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
85
12 reviews

49. Nas - Untitled

Nas - Untitled
July 1, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
9 reviews
User Score
65
8 reviews

50. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
June 24, 2008
Electronic
Critic Score
84
14 reviews
User Score
83
31 reviews
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