Roundup: Best of 2008

Best albums of 2008

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the best music of 2008.

In no particular order these albums have become favorites as a whole, not just for their individual singles or for a handful of tracks.

Miss Understood – Carolyn Wonderland

From the opening notes until the final fade-out there’s not a bad song or slow spot on the record. It’s my number one favorite of the year.

And yes, she’s been featured a lot here on UM, but she’s very deserving of the attention between the new album, rereleases, live shows in Austin, Colorado Springs and Boulder and the ten questions she answered in July.

Miss Understood on Carolyn Wonderland - Miss Understood

Break Up The Concrete – Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde has such an amazing voice and when paired with great songwriting and the punky attitude that the Pretenders have always had it makes for a pretty darn good album.

Break Up The Concrete on Pretenders - Break Up the Concrete (Bonus Track Version)

Let’s All Go To Bed – The Mother Truckers

It’s country rock, or as their website says, “high-octane Americana.” Whatever you call it, it’s foot-stomping, hand-clapping good.

Teal Collins answered some questions.

Lets All Go To Bed on The Mother Truckers - Let's All Go to Bed

Just Us Kids – James McMurtry

I’ll admit, it took a little longer to grow on me than any of the other albums I found myself loving this year, but still there’s enough hook to make it memorable through all of the lyrical prose.

Here’s the review from his show at the Boulder Theater in August.

Just Us Kids on James McMurtry

Swim – The Whispertown 2000

Perhaps a little folky for some ears, it’s still catchy and beautiful.

Morgan Nagler played our ten questions game in October.

Swim on The Whispertown 2000 - Swim

Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis

Backwoods Barbie – Dolly Parton

Little Wild One – Joan Osborne

All I Intended To Be – Emmylou Harris

Same Old Man – John Hiatt

Heaven, Hell, Sin & Redemption – Marybeth D’Amico

Cat Power – Jukebox

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