Top 40 Albums of 2008 (20-1)

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QRO Magazine Top 40 Albums of 2008
QRO Magazine Top 40 Albums of 2008

No matter what music you’re into, 2008 was probably a good year for you.  It definitely was for us.  Here’s the second half of our year-end list:

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20 The Coast
Expatriate

Canada’s best new find deliver an impressive and expansive performance.
Full review
The Coast - Expatriate
19 Sigur Ros
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

A nifty change of direction for the iconic Icelanders.
Full review
Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
18 R.E.M.
Accelerate

The greatest alternative band ever rock harder than they have in years in their best record in over a decade.
Full review
R.E.M. - Accelerate
17 Hot Chip
Made in the Dark

These guys are quickly becoming the new Chemical Brothers.
Full review
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
16 Bob Mould
District Line

The iconic alt-rocker delivers some of his steadiest work to-date.
Full review
Bob Mould - District Line
15 The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers

The brothers bring roots-revival to a new level as they stretch from heartbreak to rollick.
Full review
The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
14 The Ruby Suns
Sea Lion

The feel-good album of the year.
Full review
The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
13 The Black Keys
Attack & Release

The rough, grungy duo find a whole new level of sophistication – and it suits them well.
Full review
The Black Keys - Attack & Release
12 Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs

Proving that major label status does not equal diminishing returns with one of their best records ever.
Full review
Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
11 Blitzen Trapper
Furr

This would have been a massive success in the ’70s and your dad would still have their t-shirt.
Full review
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
10 British Sea Power
Do You Like Rock Music?

Epic without being overwrought, accessible without being watered-down – an answer in the profound affirmative.
Full review
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
9 Plants and Animals
Parc Avenue

Organic rock this fresh doesn’t come around too often.
Full review
Plants & Animals - Parc Avenue
8 Los Campesinos!
Hold On Now, Youngster

Young collective fleshes out their signature, exciting sound in a record full of single-worthy material, from start to finish.
Full review
Los Campesinos! - Hold On, Now Youngster
7 Annuals
Such Fun

While still young, Annuals manage to show a ton of maturity – in a good way.
Full review
Annuals - Such Fun
6 Cut Copy
In Ghost Colours

No album this year was nearly as infectiously danceable.
Full review
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
5 TV on the Radio
Dear Science

Their most diverse effort yet harmoniously mixes all of the coolest genres out there right now.
Full review

TV On the Radio - Dear Science
4 Evangelicals
The Evening Descends

A psychotic rock masterpiece through a young man’s eyes as he struggles with nightmares and the like.
Full review

Evangelicals - The Evening Descends
3 Ra Ra Riot
The Rhumb Line

Saving the earth with anthemistic grandeur and pressing ability.
Full review

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
2 Land of Talk
Some Are Lakes

Exceeding already-high expectations with perfectly crafted alt-rock.  There’s a new first lady of indie.
Full review

Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes
1 The Stills
Oceans Will Rise

This is the type of album that makes bands claim to be the “best in the world”.  Rock marries pop without sacrifice.
Full review

The Stills - Oceans Will Rise

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