Three people doesn't really seem like that large a group to bring to a consensus, but music is one of those things that is so highly personal and subjective that it made it a bit tricky to agree on what the ten best albums of the year were. I personally gravitate towards the Brit-pop sound, Jeremy can lean toward roots music, and David has such a broad listening history that things hit his ears differently than they might others'.
After going around for a while, we agreed on nine records (that works out to three apiece) which captured the sound of the year and merited being counted among "the best," but were left with a 20-way tie for the tenth slot, so we left it empty. I guess it's indicative not only of our three varied perspectives, but also of the diversity of independent music at this time in history, and of The Long Tail phenomenon.
9) Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid (Geffen)
VIDEO: "Grounds for Divorce"
8) Vampire Weekend - s/t (XL)
7) Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)
MP3: "Keep Your Eyes Ahead"
6) TV on the Radio: Dear Science, (DGC/Interscope)
VIDEO: "Dancing Choose"
5) Calexico: Carried to Dust (Quarterstick)
MP3: "Two Silver Trees"
4) Fleet Foxes: s/t (Sub Pop)
MP3: "White Winter Hymnal"
3) Star-f-er: s/t (Badman)
MP3: "German Love"
2) Blind Pilot: 3 Rounds and a Sound (Expunged)
MP3: "Go On, Say It"
1) Blitzen Trapper: Furr (Sub Pop)
MP3: "Gold for Bread"
Tagged: Best of 2008