Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 41-50]

by oz on December 15, 2008

Choosing 50 albums from a single year should not be excruciatingly painful, but it is.‚  I know I’ll have regrets as soon as this list goes live.‚  Thanks to Woody for providing commentary and some healthy debate as we’ve waded our way through the music of 2008. Let’s get started, shall we?

41. The Steeldrivers – Self Titled

The SteelDrivers

I already know I’ll regret not posting this higher on the list. The Steeldrivers inject soul and blues into their bluegrass sound and the album continues to grow on me.

The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love

42. The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave

Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man on Earth was the most recent addition to our list. I picked Shallow Grave up on eMusic two weeks ago and the finger-picking and incredible songwriting won me over with ease. A great folk album.

The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found

The Tallest Man On Earth – Into The Stream

The Tallest Man On Earth – Pistol Dreams

43. Two Cow Garage – Speaking In Cursive (our review)

Two Cow Garage

The one constant rumbling of rock and roll hope in Columbus, Ohio’s underbelly is the whiskey soaked sound of Two Cow Garage.

Two Cow Garage – Your Humble Narrator

Two Cow Garage – Brass Ring

44. She and Him – Volume One

She and Him

Volume One greatly exceeded our expectations after hearing that actress, Zooey Deschanel, and musician, M. Ward, were collaborating. Hopefully Volume Two features M. Ward more prominently on vocals. No track for this one, so here’s a video…

She and Him – “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” Video

45. Buffalo Killers – Let It Ride (our review)

Buffalo Killers

The time Cinci’s Buffalo Killers spent touring with the Crowes did them good. Let It Ride is a big step forward from their debut without sacrificing their stoner rock sound.

Buffalo Killers – If I get Myself Anywhere

46. Vampire Weekend


Overhyped – yes, Overexposed – yes. An enjoyable listen nonetheless and one of the catchiest pop albums of the year.

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

47.‚  Marah – Angels of Destruction (our review)


Another solid effort for one of America’s most under-appreciated rock and roll bands, straight out of Philly.

Marah – Angels of Destruction

48. Mason Proper – Olly Oxen Free (our review)

Mason Proper - Olly Oxen Free

Olly Oxen Free opens with an amazing trifecta of songs. They just brought their indie pop sound into our studio for a live session that we’ll have up soon.

Mason Proper – Lock and Key

Mason Proper – Fog

49. Catfish Haven – Devastator (our review)

Catfish Haven

Otis Redding inspired; this bluesy, soulful album was a pleasant surprise this year.

Catfish Haven – Set In Stone

Catfish Haven – Devastator

50. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tennessee Pusher

Old Crow Medicine Show

Lots of people worried about rock producer, Don Was, producing a bluegrass album. It’s not as good as OCMS’s Big Iron World, but still good enough to make the list.

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DBT Chicago December 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm

i’m as big of a booster of two cow garage as anyone around, having been to at least six shows in the last three years. i even was at the sub-t show the night the band’s original drummer quit on the way to chicago. instead of canceling the concert, micah and shane played on.
but i must confess i don’t really like the newest album. in fact, after the wall against our back — one of my favorite listens this decade — i haven’t much enjoyed two cow’s last two efforts.
but i won’t give up on them.

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