10 Best Albums of 2008

Infernal visions, playful funk, unflinching examinations top Rolling Stone list
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2008 5:02 AM CST
Metallica members Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, from left, are seen as they promote their new album "Death Magnetic" in Berlin earlier this year.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) Dear Science tops Rolling Stone's year-end best list with an album “that sounded the most like America in 2008." The top 10:

  1. TV on the Radio, Dear Science: "Infernal visions of war and economic desperation," but "amid the fear and loathing" is "defiance."
  2. Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs—The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: "One of Dylan's most consistently gripping albums."

  1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III: "Most eagerly anticipated hip-hop album of the decade is also the best."
  2. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges: "Pledges loyalty to only one genre: itself."
  3. John Mellencamp, Life, Death, Love and Freedom: "The darkest, most compelling Mellencamp album in years."
  4. Santogold, Santogold: "The most ear-opening debut of 2008."
  5. Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death: "Expansive yet intimate enough to incite lighter-waving from London to Tokyo."
  6. Beck, Modern Guilt: "Plenty of electricity and playful funk."
  7. Metallica, Death Magnetic: "An unflinching examination of the big finish."
  8. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend: "Casual as a cardigan, willfully optimistic, ultratuneful and surprisingly danceable."