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The Best Rock Albums of 2008

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock 2008
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    8/10
    7.5/10
  1. Li Jianhong: San Sheng Shi (Archive)
  2. Juana Molina: Un Dia (Domino)
  3. Helmut Schafer: Noise As A Language (Kwanyin)
  4. Jacaszek: Treny (Miasmah)
  5. Evol Intent: Era of Diversion (System)
  6. Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing (ATP)
  7. Billy Bao: Dialectics Of Shit (Parts Unknown)
  8. Koen Holtkamp: Field Rituals (Type)
  9. Krallice: Krallice (Profound Lore)
  10. Dodos: Visiter (Frenchkiss)
    7/10
  11. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words: Lost In Reflections (Killer Pimp)
  12. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL)
  13. Bug: London Zoo (Ninja Tune)
  14. Have A Nice Life: Deathconsciousness (Enemies List)
  15. Pussygutt: She Hid Behind Her Veil (20 Buck Spin)
  16. Jasper TX: Black Sleep (Miasmah)
  17. Gnaw Their Tongues: For All Slaves A Song Of False Hope (Burning World Records)
  18. Wavves: Wavves (Woodsist)
  19. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (PIAS)
  20. Zebulon Pike: Intransience (Unfortunate Music)
  21. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes (Subpop)
  22. Beat Circus: Dreamland (Cuneiform)
  23. Christian Fennesz: Black Sea (Touch)
  24. Lindstrom: Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
  25. No Age: Nouns (Sub Pop)
  26. Terminal Sound System: Constructing Towers (Extreme)
  27. Alps: III (Type)
  28. Leviathan: Massive Conspiracy Against All Life (Moribund)
  29. Ida Maria: Fortress Round My Heart (Waterfall)
  30. Badu: New Amerykah Part One - 4th World War (Motown)
  31. Journey To Ixtlan: Journey To Ixtlan (Aurora Borealis)
  32. White Denim: Workout Holiday (Full Time Hobby)
  33. Nekrasov: The Form Of Thought From Beast (Exotic Corpse)
  34. Leila Arab: Blood Looms And Blooms (Warp)
  35. Half Makeshift: Omen (Profound Lore)
  36. Evangelicals: The Evening Descends (Dead Oceans)
  37. Mark McGuire: Guitar Meditations (Wagon)
  38. La Dispute: Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair (No Sleep)
  39. Lykke Li: Youth Novels (LL)
  40. Paul Metzger: Gedanken Splitter (Roaratorio)
Playlist
  1. Vivian Girls: Tell the World
  2. Vampire Weekend: M79
  3. Dodos: Jodi
  4. Florence and the Machine: Kiss with a Fist
  5. Evol Intent: The Curtain Falls
  6. White Denim: Let's Talk About It
  7. Bug: Angry
  8. No Age: Sleeper Hold
  9. Rockettothesky: Grizzly Man
  10. Billy Bao: I Am Billy Bao Right Here Right Now
  11. Vivian Girls: Going Insane
  12. Crystal Castles: XXZXCUZX Me
  13. Beat Circus: The Rough Riders
  14. Beach House: Wedding Bell
  15. Fleet Foxes: English House
  16. Vivian Girls: Such A Joke
  17. Portishead: We Carry On
  18. Mountain Goats: Lovecraft in Brooklyn
  19. Drive-By Truckers: Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife
  20. Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal
  21. Leila Arab: Mettle
  22. Crystal Antlers: Vexation
  23. Dodos: Fools
  24. Late Of The Pier: Broken
  25. Lykke Li: I'm Good I'm Gone
  26. Marnie Stern: Transformer
  27. Rebotini: 1314
  28. Portishead: Machine Gun
  29. Magnetic Fields: Please Stop Dancing
  30. Stephen Malkmus: Baltimore
  31. Hercules And Love Affair: Blind
  32. Magnetic Field: California Girls
  33. Drive-by Truckers: Self-Destructive Zones
  34. Wolf Parade: Soldier's Gun
  35. Ida Maria: I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
  36. Leila Arab: The Exotics
  37. Bon Iver: Blood Bank
  38. Lykke Li: Little Bit
  39. Late Of The Pier: The Bears Are Coming
  40. Journey To Ixtlan: Burnt Coyote Teeth
  41. Valet: Fuck It
  42. Evangelicals: How Do You Sleep
  43. Eliane Radigue: Naldjorlak
  44. Blank Dogs: Spinning
  45. Nick Cave: Albert Goes West
  46. Jay Reatard: Painted Shut
  47. Thao Nguyen: Swimming Pools
  48. Wavves: California Goth
  49. Laura Marling: Night Terror
  50. That Handsome Devil: Rob the Prez-O-Dent
  51. JS666: Hot For Coco
  52. Coldplay: Viva La Vida
  53. Religious Knives: Downstairs

Extended tracks
  1. Li Jianhong: San Sheng Shi
  2. Fuck Buttons: Race You To My Bedroom/Spirit Rise
  3. Helmut Schafer: Thought Provoking
  4. Grails: Take Refuge
  5. Oren Ambarchi: A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks (2008)
  6. Mark McGuire: Intervals
  7. Black Angels: Never/Ever
  8. Koen Holtkamp: Sky Flowers
  9. Pussygutt: She Hid Behind Her Veil
  10. Lindstrom: Where You Go To I Go Too
  11. Hjarnidaudi: March
  12. Rockettothesky: Chorus
  13. Sun Araw: Horse Steppin
  14. Jasper TX: Black Sheep
  15. Juana Molina: Los Hongos De Marosa
  16. Expo '70: Midnight Stalking/Dawn Of The Black Ohms
  17. Shit And Shine: High Brooms
  18. Mamaleek: Shout On Children
  19. Paul Metzger: All Glass
  20. Acid Mothers Temple: Cosmic Soul Death Disco
  21. Nisennenmondai: Mirrorball
  22. Eric Glick-Rieman: The Thrust Required to Hover
  23. Krallice: Cnestorial
  24. Sun Araw: Bridal Filly
  25. Matmos: Supreme Balloon
  26. Opeth: The Lotus Eater
  27. Sun Kil Moon: Lost Verses
  28. Fuck Buttons: Sweet Love For Planet Earth
  29. Have A Nice Life: Hunter
  30. Grails: Stoned At The Taj Again
  31. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words: Himmelschreibende Herzen
  32. Mark McGuire: A Matter Of Time
  33. Ricardo Villalobos: Minimoonstar
  34. Jim Haynes: Eravaldus
  35. Acid Mothers Temple: Master Of The Cosmic Inferno
  36. Aufgehoben No Process: Jederfursich
  37. Jim Haynes: Eravaldus
  38. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words: Forgive/Forget/Regret
  39. Half Makeshift: Omen
  40. Paul Metzger: Zugentgleisung
  41. Stephen Malkmus: Real Emotional Trash
  42. Squadra Omega: Rennes Le Chateau
  43. Motorpsycho: Little Lucid Moments
  44. La Dispute: The Last Lost Continent
  45. Angel: Effect Of Discovery, Test, Alarm, Catastrophy
  46. Mark McGuire: Night Owls
  47. Paul Metzger: Canticle Of Ignat
  48. Mitochondrion: Wraithlike
  49. Ascanio Borga: Apnea
  50. Jabladav: Homeland & Awe
  51. Nekrasov: The Form Of Thought From Beast
  52. Zebulon Pike: The Avian Magi
  53. Chris Connelly: Forgiveness and Exile
  54. Sun Araw: Fog Wheels
  55. K2: Subterreanen Pipe Dream
  56. Leviathan: Merging With Sword Onto Them
  57. JS666: 22 Hittia Korsoon
  58. White Hills: My Girl Soars Blind
  59. Rolo Tomassi: Fantasia
  60. Kasai Allstars: Drowning Goat (Mbuji-Mayi)
  61. Machinefabriek: Singel
  62. Jim Haynes: Rocks Hills Plains
  63. Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia
  64. Skaters: Mountaineer Skyness Of Majestic Planes - Side 1
Jazz

    7/10
  1. Carla Bley: Appearing Nightly (Watt)
  2. Dave Holland: Pass it On (Dare2)
  3. Leo Smith: Tabligh (Cuneiform)
  4. Okkyung Lee: I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said (Ecstatic Peace)
  5. Antripodean Collective: Funcall

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