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Evan's Top 10 Albums of 2008
Since I’m a music enthusiast with an undeserved sense of importance and a Live Journal, and seeing as how we’re in the waning days of the year, I’ve decided to put together my top albums of the past 12 months. These are the albums that I’ve gone back to time and time again this year and never gotten tired of.

1) Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago
This album… *sigh*… this album is beyond words. Deceptively simple but intricately layered folk songs, sung in a fragile, heartbreaking falsetto. It sounds as though it was recorded in a snow-covered, secluded cabin in rural Wisconsin… because it was recorded in a snow-covered, secluded cabin in rural Wisconsin.

2) Q-TipThe Renaissance
After nearly a decade’s wait and setbacks coming from any record label he’s tried to give an album, the Tribe Called Quest alum returns with what is, to me, the best hip-hop album of the year. Simplistic production compliments Tip’s top-tier flow and intricate wordplay perfectly. Tip has not lost his mojo one bit.

3) Amanda PalmerWho Killed Amanda Palmer?
The solo album of the key-slamming, caterwauling half of The Dresden Dolls, WKAP? is an album full of the great songwriting that has come to be expected of Amanda Palmer, but with the added benefit of fuller arrangements, courtesy of Ben Folds, and a greater feeling of unleashed, rollicking creativity. Listen to these songs while driving down the highway at night and you will be edified.

4) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Admittedly, this album could have sucked and it probably still would have made this list because I adore everything Mr. Cave does. Fortunately, though, this album is absolutely fantastic and shows off just how creative a songwriter Nick Cave can be.

5) Jamie Lidell Jim
By far the best of the recent crop of soul revivalists, Jim was my go-to album when I couldn’t make a decision about what I wanted to listen to. Everything from tender ballads to more upbeat fare inhabits this album, insuring that this album can be put on at anytime, regardless of mood.

6) Horse Feathers House Without a Home
A folk album in the vain of For Emma, Forever Ago. The combination of hushed vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and beautiful strings is truly ethereal. One of my chill-out albums of choice this year.

7) Jason WebleyThe Cost of Living
Jason Webley has a voice that can be equal parts gruff and heartbreaking, and this album is as much proof of this as any of his other work. Great lyrics, great melodies, great songs, great accordion.

8) The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band The Whole Fam Damnily
- A great country blues record full of virtuosic slide playing from the Rev and more energy than any single record should have under law. If you feel like starting a one-person hootenanny, this should be your album of choice.

9) GrailsDoomsdayer’s Holiday
- A dark, brooding album with elements of styles ranging from jazz to folk. Absolutely phenomenal. It rocks, too.

10) Jóhann JóhannssonFordlandia
- Beautiful, sweeping string arrangements and an underlying theme of industrial failure makes for a magnificent, lush, and enveloping album.

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

TV on the Radio Dear Science
Emiliana Torrini Me and Armini
Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line
The Black KeysAttack & Release
Marnie Stern This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
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i think i only know the artists you used on the mixes haha..

you should learn to use lj cuts ;) thats what you should do next haha

Well, they're all very good. Trust me.

I don't even know what that means, heh.

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