Hey here’s my personal list of the top 20 albums of 2008 (the opinions expressed within do not reflect the views and opinions of Pop Underground, just this random dude…)
Kelly Jones – SheBANG!
This is one of those records that hits you from the very start. Every time I hear one of these songs, I get excited, and want to tell the world about it.
The Major Labels – Aquavia
Mike Viola made such strides in the last year or two with his album Lurch, producing Kelly Jones, writing songs for Walk Hard, and then this. This is just an incredible achievement of energy and power pop. Add in some Bleu and Ducky, and it just oozes quality.
She and Him – Volume I
When I first heard this album, I wasn’t sure. I knew there were some great songs. But upon listening to it a few more times, and seeing them live in concert, I realized just how great it was…some of those songs did have to grow on me, but now, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Stew – Passing Strange Original Cast Recording
I was so happy when I heard Stew had written a musical. I knew he had something like that in him, from all his previous work. And the record just shines, it is electrifying. There is something about having all these different voices interpret Stew’s songwriting, because I think he does write in different voices.
Andrew Daly – Nine Sweaters
This album is one of the funniest things I have heard. It is not your standard comedy CD, but these brilliant monologues of 9 different characters. Andy has the ability to take these characters to such extremes of insanity and hilarity.
Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married, But I Have Feelings Too
I have loved most of Martha’s previous work, so it wasn’t a stretch to expect great things from her once again. But this album takes her previous work to another level, adding another layer of sound that enhances the emotionality of the music.
The Wellingtons – Heading North For The Winter
I wish I had heard this earlier in the year, because I haven’t had much of a chance to listen to it, but I know on first glance it is just a fun rocking, exciting record. It grabs you and holds tight till the end.
Travis – Ode to J. Smith
Perhaps I just find it hard not to love Travis, but I liked this album a lot. It’s probably not their best album ever, but it’s that familiar sound and continuation of it that excites me the most.
Paul Steel – Moon Rock
In a year with a new Brian Wilson record, the Explorers Club record, and a few other tracks show that this Beach Boys sound is still alive and well, and people still love it. Of all of this, I think the Paul Steel record is a shining example of this, because it takes the sound, yet puts an original spin on it.
Rob Bonfiglio – Bring On The Happy
Again, a late-comer to the year, but it is a fantastic, slick, cool record.
The Yum Yums – Whatever Rhymes With Baby
Brent Cash – How Will I Know If I’m Awake
Another of the Beach Boy mentality! (See Paul Steel)
Greg Pope – Popmonster
Another shining example of great power pop.
Jamie Lidell – Jim
(A little bit of) Feel Good Record.
Old 97′s – Blame It On Gravity
They can still do it!
Phantom Planet – Raise The Dead
I thought it was a great return to form; they went on hiatus.
Wisely – Wisely
Slower than usual, but still fantastic
Saul Zonana – Blue Monkey
That voice, and that style, can’t get enough.
Teddy Thompson – A Piece Of What You Need
Almost in here by default, but if it wasn’t exciting, it wouldn’t be on this list.
Ike – Where To Begin
More rocking, less poppy, but still great.
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