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Readers' Best Albums of 2008

 
As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.” So if you have She & Him’s Volume One as your album of the year, I’d like to offer you an advance apology: You won’t find that album here.

What you will find is the Top 50 albums of the year as voted by registered Prefix users (including staff), through our Best Albums of 2008 list feature.
 
A certain band from Brooklyn, with their opus about the world going down the tubes, captured the most attention, and the other comeback album from a band representing a far-gone musical movement caught your adoration as well. A guy’s personal break-up album that he recorded in a shack in Wisconsin in 2006 is here, as well as an idiosyncratic hip-hop masterpiece that asks the philosophical question, “What’s a goon to a goblin?”
 
So here it is, the Top 50 Albums of 2008 as voted by you, the Prefix community. It might not be the perfect list for everyone, but it is certainly the most democratic. Jefferson, be damned.  ~Andrew Winistorfer
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50.
The Roots
Rising Down
Def Jam
April 29, 2008
 
49.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Real Emotional Trash
Matador Records
March 4, 2008
 
48.
Gang Gang Dance
Saint Dymphna
The Social Registry
October 21, 2008
 
47.
Metallica
Death Magnetic
September 12, 2008
 
 
46.
Sun Kil Moon
April
Caldo Verde
April 1, 2008
 
 
45.
Torche
Meanderthal
Hydra Head
April 8, 2008

 
44.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Anti
April 8, 2008
 
43.
Mogwai
The Hawk Is Howling
September 23, 2008
 
 
42.
Foals
Antidotes
Sub Pop
April 8, 2008
 
41.
Beach House
Devotion
Carpark Records
February 26, 2008
 
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