On Friday, I revealed my list of the top 10 albums of 2008. It’s a diverse list, covering rock, metal, country, folk and Red Dirt music. It also includes several recording artists with Oklahoma ties and features a mix of top-sellers and indie releases. (You can check out my top 10 albums list by clicking here.)
Over the course of a year, I listen to and review many CDs. Some are good, some bad, a few great, but the vast majority are just mediocre.
Here in no particular order are a dozen additional albums from 2008 that I really enjoyed. These are the albums that I anticipate I’ll be listening to – in whole or in part - long after this year is a vague, blurry memory.
Some on this list are really terrific. For instance, it was merely a technicality that kept “In Rainbows” off my top 10 list. The CD came out on Jan. 1, but the band famously released it online in late 2007 in its pay-what-you-want promotion. Therefore, it had to be considered a 2007 release, though I didn’t personally hear it until 2008.
Other albums on this list objectively really probably shouldn’t be considered among the best of the year. Bryan Adams’ “11″ can’t compare to the albums of his heyday in the 1990s, but I personally love Bryan Adams, so I was excited to get new music from him. Call me a total sucker for hooky ’90s pop; I won’t deny it. It’s a completely subjective and fairly sentimental sense of favoritism, and I’m not afraid to admit it.
So, here is my totally subjective list of CDs that I’m taking with me as 2008 fades away:
Radiohead, “In Rainbows”
Rebecca Lynn Howard, “No Rules”
The Flaming Lips, “Christmas on Mars” soundtrack.
Sugarland, “Love on the Inside”
Lee Ann Womack, “Call Me Crazy”
Glen Campbell, “Meet Glen Campbell”
Blake Shelton, “Startin’ Fires”
The All-American Rejects, “When the World Comes Down”
Taylor Swift, “Fearless”
Reckless Kelly, “Bulletproof”
Toby Keith, “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy.”
Bryan Adams, “11″