Favorite Albums - Top 30


Nov 26 2008, 2h54

More than just my favorite artists and songs. I like these albums because I can enjoy usually 100% of it.

1. Illinois -Sufjan Stevens

I am in awe of him every time I hear any of his music. But this album in particular is amazing. I love the state concept albums he's done, and this did so much more to improve on the already awesome Michigan concept album. From the soft, beautiful "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois," the aching "John Wayne Gacy Jr.," the flawless "Come on Feel the Illinoise," bouncy "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders," and the most popular (for a reason) "Chicago," it's nothing but perfection. Even the lyricless tracks offer catchy melodies and beats. It's really a perfect album, in my opinion.

2. Y's - Joanna Newsom

I was introduced to Joanna Newsom about a year ago. I mostly listened to Milk-Eyed Mender first, but I've grown to enjoy this album even more. I have to hand it to any artist who can write songs of this length, and have every one of them be completely listenable and enjoyable. "Only Skin" is over 16 minutes, but it never drags on. Y's is the best kind of sophomore album; Joanna Newsom developed her sound and took a great risk, but even in spite of the ambitiousness of the album, she still "sounded like Joanna Newsom."

3. OK Computer - Radiohead

It's probably a cliche to have them on here, but there's a reason for that. I had been hesitant to check out Radiohead (for stupid reasons), but I finally see what all the fuss is about. This album is amazing! "Paranoid Android" never gets old, but then again, neither does any of this album. Even "Fitter Happier" is brilliant, albeit a little chilling and creepy. The whole album kind of feels that way, but it resonates, and the themes of alienation have really spoken to me. I read that Radiohead said they'd never be able to top this album, and they're probably right. But they haven't really tried to "top" it; they've continued to develop and explore. That a band can remain so consistently inventive and enjoyable after a success like this gives me hope for other artists I enjoy, that they can also continue to progress.

4. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

I was soooo surprised when I first got this album. Pitchfork had given it a really convincingly good review, so I thought I'd check it out. I listened to "White Winter Hymnal" about thirty times, but was so taken aback that the rest of the songs were just as beautiful. Things have felt a little dry this year music wise; most of the new releases from this year haven't been nearly as satisfying as last year. I've mostly been listening to older releases. Although there have been several surprises amidst the boringness of 2008 music, this is definitely the best.

5. The Shepherd's Dog - Iron & Wine

I was going to put Fever to Tell as my 5th favorite, but I had nearly forgotten about this one. I was first turned off to Iron & Wine, because I didn't like their Postal Service cover on the Garden State soundtrack. So I never bothered to check out any of his other music. But I broke down and decided to give The Shepherd's Dog a try, and I was not sorry in the least. The album is nearly flawless, and even "Carousel," my least favorite track, is superb. "Innocent Bones" is probably my favorite song ever. Since falling in love with Iron & Wine, I've downloaded his previous works and can appreciate even more the growth of Sam Beam as an artist, but none of them top this one. I could go on to describe more of the individual songs, but honestly every single song is worthy of praise. It is my belief that this album could curtail even the harshest critics of Iron & Wine. It's worth anybody's time to check out, believe me.

6. Fever To Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Black Tongue
Date With the Night
Y Control

7. Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destoyer? - of Montreal

We Were Born the Mutants Again With Leafling
A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
Gronlandic Edit
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
Suffer For Fashion

8. Milk-eyed Mender - Joanna Newsom

Sprout and the Bean
Peach, Plum, Pear
En Gallop
Bridges and Balloons

9. In an Aeroplane over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
King Of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 And 3
Two Headed Boy
Two Headed Boy Pt. 2

10. Everything All the Time - Band of Horses

Our Swords
The Great Salt Lake
Wicked Gil
The First Song

11. In Case We Die - Architecture in Helsinki

Maybe You Can Owe Me
Do The Whirlwind
Frenchy, I'm Faking
In Case We Die (Parts 1-4)

12. Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol

Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down
Say Hello to the Angels
Obstacle 1

13. Emotionalism - The Avett Brothers

Will You Return?
Paranoia In Bb Major
Die Die Die
I Would Be Sad
Pretty Girl From Chile

14. Ganging Up on the Sun - Guster

Ruby Falls
The Captain
Lightning Rod
Empire State

15. Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet

October, First Account
Thresher's Flail

16. Either/Or - Elliott Smith

Between the Bars
Speed Trials
Ballad of Big Nothing
Rose Parade

17. Doolittle - Pixies

No. 13 Baby
Wave of Mutilation
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Mr. Grieves

18. Summer in Abaddon - Pinback

non-photo blue
The Yellow Ones

19. Feed the Animals - Girl Talk

all of 'em

20. Carnavas - Silversun Pickups

Lazy Eye
Dream At Tempo 119
Checkered Floor
Future Foe Scenarios

21. Chutes Too Narrow - The Shins

Fighting in a Sack
Kissing the Lipless
Saint Simon
Pink Bullets
Gone for Good

22. Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle & Sebastian

Step Into My Office, Baby
Piazza, New York Catcher
Asleep On A Sunbeam
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
If You Find Yourself Caught In Love

23. Anniemal - Annie

Me Plus One
Always Too Late
Helpless Fool For Love
Chewing Gum

24. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative - Britney Spears (that's right)

I'm a Slave 4 U
... Baby One More Time

25. I Am The Fun Blame Monster - Menomena

E. is Stable
The Late Great Libido
Cough Coughing
20 Cell Revolt

26. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Mansard Roof
Oxford Comma
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

27. Knives Don't Have Your Back - Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton

Our Hell
Doctor Blind
Crowd Surf Off a Cliff
The Lottery
Reading in Bed

28. Whatever and Ever Amen - Ben Folds Five

Selfless, Cold and Composed
Song for the Dumped
Battle of Who Could Care Less

29. The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian


30. Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem

Time to Get Away
Get Innocuous
All My Friends
New York I Love You
North American Scum

Honorable Mentions:

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
Nevermind - Nirvana
The Flying Club Cup - Beirut
Funeral - The Arcade Fire
Slanted & Enchanted - Pavement
Transatlanticim - Death Cab for Cutie
Awesomer - Blood On the Wall
Night Ripper - Girl Talk
Michigan - Sufjan Stevens
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Echoes - The Rapture
In Ghost Colours - Cut Copy
Room on Fire- The Strokes
The Woods - Sleater-Kinney
Envios aceitos
Envios pendentes


  • Trossles

    I'm glad you liked my choices! The Shepherd's Dog would DEFINITELY be worth your while, if you wanna check it out. I love At Mount Zoomer, by the way. I have a lot of Calexico, but I haven't given them much of a listen yet. I'll definitely have to now.

    Nov 28 2008, 21h43
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