10) Crystal Castlesby Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles' debut album is a poppy glitch of crazy fun with emphasis on the craaaAazzZyy!
9) Relativityby Emarosa
"Tailored sheeeets!" This powerful opening line will be stuck in your head for weeks. Dance Gavin Dance's former front man, Jonny Craig, joins up with the remnants of fellow Rise Records metalcore band, Emarosa. If you're a fan of Circa Survive's music, and a voice that will make you develop a man crush (no homo), then this album is for you.
8) Year of the Gentlemanby Ne-Yo
If you weren't shakin' your booty to "Closer," then you probably never hit up da clubs. The R&B songwriter makes a record you will never get "so sick" of listening to. Yeah, yeah, Usher, your time is up!
7) Fortressby Protest the Hero
Not a big metal fan? You are now! Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Metalcore, everything METAL can get along and bash each others face in to Fortess. Just don't forget to slow down for the classical piano ballads.
6) Feed the Animalsby Girl Talk
This is more like 87 billion artists in one hyperactive package. Proceed with caution after you insert this masterfully mixed disc. You may turn into an animal.
5) A History of Violenceby Jedi Mind Tricks
Hands down the greatest rappers alive! Suck a dick, Lil Wayne, cuz Jedi is A Milli-on timez betta den yo bitch a$$! C 'em on da mic!
4) með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaustby Sigur Rós
What's that? You can't understand Icelandic? Well, you won't give a hoot what they're saying, because these four visual artists can even lull insomniacs to sleep. Upbeat and rhythmically challenging in the beginning, this record eventually slows down to accompany you and your loved one for some major snuggling. If you're a painter, put this baby on loop!
3) Sky Eats Airplaneby Sky Eats Airplane
Electro-metalcore-pop. It's all been done before, but never quite like this. These music theory majors will have your head-banging cranium more confused than when taking a multi-variable calculus exam. Chromatic melodies escape from the typical 3rd and 5th harmonies, and venture to all kinds of eerie yet beautiful chords. Listeners be warned: you may want to break the Commandments while listening to this record.
2) Drunk Like Bible Timesby Dear & the Headlights
Road trip anyone?! Pop this indie-folk-rock album in and drive to the farthest possible destination. The sophomore album of Arizona-based DATH will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying. Make sure you have memorized those catchy and whimsical lyrics, because you will never run into more polysyllabic lines then when you're Drunk Like Bible Times!
1) The Alchemy Index: Vols. III and IV - Air & Earthby Thrice
Overwhelming. If you were listening to this post-hardcore rock band back in 2003, you never would have believed that they could create something so diverse. This quartet from Orange County, CA, self-produced and recorded four EP's to construct their concept album, The Alchemy Index. This year, the remaining two EP's were released, each based on one of the elements: Air has an ambient and downy feel, while Earth displays the musicians' folk style. Air & Earth both contain six tracks - relating to their element - including final tracks written in the form of sonnets. When combined with The Alchemy Index: Vols. I and II - Fire & Water 2007's release, Thrice can easily be considered one of the most versatile and experimental bands to date.
This list is solely based on my opinions and musical taste. I'm curious, what are your favorite albums of 2008?