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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 Albums
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  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)
  11. Midori: Hello Everyone Nice to Meet You We are Midori (Sony)
  12. Mamaleek: Fever Dream
  13. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words: Lost In Reflections (Killer Pimp)
  14. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL)
  15. Bug: London Zoo (Ninja Tune)
  16. Have A Nice Life: Deathconsciousness (Enemies List)
  17. Pussygutt: She Hid Behind Her Veil (20 Buck Spin)
  18. Jasper TX: Black Sleep (Miasmah)
  19. Gnaw Their Tongues: For All Slaves A Song Of False Hope (Burning World Records)
  20. Wavves: Wavves (Woodsist)
  21. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (PIAS)
  22. Zebulon Pike: Intransience (Unfortunate Music)
  23. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes (Subpop)
  24. Beat Circus: Dreamland (Cuneiform)
  25. Christian Fennesz: Black Sea (Touch)
  26. Lindstrom: Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
  27. No Age: Nouns (Sub Pop)
  28. Terminal Sound System: Constructing Towers (Extreme)
  29. Alps: III (Type)
  30. Leviathan: Massive Conspiracy Against All Life (Moribund)
  31. Ida Maria: Fortress Round My Heart (Waterfall)
  32. Badu: New Amerykah Part One - 4th World War (Motown)
  33. Journey To Ixtlan: Journey To Ixtlan (Aurora Borealis)
  34. White Denim: Workout Holiday (Full Time Hobby)
  35. Nekrasov: The Form Of Thought From Beast (Exotic Corpse)
  36. Leila Arab: Blood Looms And Blooms (Warp)
  37. Half Makeshift: Omen (Profound Lore)
  38. Blackie: Wilderness of North America (self)
  39. Evangelicals: The Evening Descends (Dead Oceans)
  40. Mark McGuire: Guitar Meditations (Wagon)
  41. La Dispute: Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair (No Sleep)
  42. Lykke Li: Youth Novels (LL)
  43. Paul Metzger: Gedanken Splitter (Roaratorio)
  44. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
  45. Blood on the Dance Floor: Let's Start a Riot (Dark Fantasy)
  46. A Forest of Stars: The Corpse of Rebirth (self)
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  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. Midori: Howling Jigoku
  12. Vivian Girls: Going Insane
  13. Crystal Castles: XXZXCUZX Me
  14. Beat Circus: The Rough Riders
  15. Beach House: Wedding Bell
  16. Fleet Foxes: English House
  17. Vivian Girls: Such A Joke
  18. Portishead: We Carry On
  19. Mountain Goats: Lovecraft in Brooklyn
  20. Drive-By Truckers: Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife
  21. Mass of The Fermenting Dregs: Delusionalism
  22. Blackie : Regrets of an Average African American Amateur Drug Lord
  23. Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal
  24. Leila Arab: Mettle
  25. Crystal Antlers: Vexation
  26. Dodos: Fools
  27. Late Of The Pier: Broken
  28. Lykke Li: I'm Good I'm Gone
  29. Amanda Palmer: Guitar Hero
  30. Marnie Stern: Transformer
  31. Rebotini: 1314
  32. Portishead: Machine Gun
  33. Magnetic Fields: Please Stop Dancing
  34. Stephen Malkmus: Baltimore
  35. Hercules And Love Affair: Blind
  36. Magnetic Fields: California Girls
  37. Drive-by Truckers: Self-Destructive Zones
  38. Wolf Parade: Soldier's Gun
  39. Ida Maria: I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
  40. Leila Arab: The Exotics
  41. Bon Iver: Blood Bank
  42. Lykke Li: Little Bit
  43. Late Of The Pier: The Bears Are Coming
  44. Journey To Ixtlan: Burnt Coyote Teeth
  45. Valet: Fuck It
  46. Evangelicals: How Do You Sleep
  47. Blood on the Dance Floor: I Heart Hello Kitty
  48. Eliane Radigue: Naldjorlak
  49. Blank Dogs: Spinning
  50. Nick Cave: Albert Goes West
  51. Jay Reatard: Painted Shut
  52. Thao Nguyen: Swimming Pools
  53. Wavves: California Goth
  54. Laura Marling: Night Terror
  55. That Handsome Devil: Rob the Prez-O-Dent
  56. JS666: Hot For Coco
  57. Coldplay: Viva La Vida
  58. Religious Knives: Downstairs
  59. M83: Midnight Souls Still Remain
  60. James McMurtry: Just Us Kids
  61. Sigur Ros: Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur
  62. Randy Newman: A Few Words in Defense of Our Country
  63. Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe
  64. Dead Science: Make Mine Marvel
  65. Blood on the Dance Floor: I Can't Get Enuff
  66. Ulver: All the Love
  67. Santogold: Say Aha

Extended compositions
  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. To Live and Shave in LA: The Endless Ecstasy of the Intransmissible
  40. Half Makeshift: Omen
  41. Paul Metzger: Zugentgleisung
  42. Stephen Malkmus: Real Emotional Trash
  43. Squadra Omega: Rennes Le Chateau
  44. Motorpsycho: Little Lucid Moments
  45. La Dispute: The Last Lost Continent
  46. Angel: Effect Of Discovery, Test, Alarm, Catastrophy
  47. Mark McGuire: Night Owls
  48. Paul Metzger: Canticle Of Ignat
  49. Mitochondrion: Wraithlike
  50. Ascanio Borga: Apnea
  51. Jabladav: Homeland & Awe
  52. Nekrasov: The Form Of Thought From Beast
  53. Zebulon Pike: The Avian Magi
  54. Chris Connelly: Forgiveness and Exile
  55. Sun Araw: Fog Wheels
  56. K2: Subterreanen Pipe Dream
  57. Leviathan: Merging With Sword Onto Them
  58. JS666: 22 Hittia Korsoon
  59. White Hills: My Girl Soars Blind
  60. Cloaks: Dream Tape Number One
  61. Rolo Tomassi: Fantasia
  62. Kasai Allstars: Drowning Goat (Mbuji-Mayi)
  63. Machinefabriek: Singel
  64. Punch Brothers: The Blind Leaving the Blind
  65. Jim Haynes: Rocks Hills Plains
  66. Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia
  67. Won James Won: Dante Moscow
  68. Skaters: Mountaineer Skyness Of Majestic Planes - Side 1
  69. To Live and Shave in LA: Like Many Painters of Her Generation
  70. Kalutaliksuak: Sailing into the sunset to a new night - Sun Phase 5
  71. Lustre: The Light of Eternity
  72. Tom Carter: Skyline Grinder
  73. Bull of Heaven: 018 Candles Green, Heads and Skulls
  74. Gojira: The Art Of Dying
  75. A Forest of Stars: God

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

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