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Largehearted Boy's big-minded 2008 list

Kudos to the Largehearted Boy blog for delivering a best-albums-of-2008 list that, despite the unavoidable presence of Fleet Foxes (come on, how can you not?), does not read like a half-assed variation on the same cookie-cutter list that you'll see cropping up with distressing ubiquity and precious little variation in too many other places between now and January. You'll be too busy absorbing LHB's singular picks to worry about why Vampire Weekend didn't make the cut. Not that it's all obscuro territory -- two spots are occupied by the Shearwater/Okkervil River axis, and No Age and Beach House aren't exactly head-scratchers, but who else's list thus far has placed a Russian-language "folk-punk covers album" (Alina Simone's Everyone Is Crying Out to Me Beware) in the top spot? And then there's Haley Bonar's Big Star, Larkin Grimm's Parplar, the underrated Helio Sequence's Keep Your Eyes Ahead...well, you get the idea. Without going all hipper-than-thou, LHB has offered some interesting alternatives to the usual suspects. Bloggers, take heed.



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Alina Simone
Best Albums of 2008
Fleet Foxes
Haley Bonar
Helio Sequence
Larkin Grimm
Okkervil River

I think it's a great list. We all should be wary of buzz, but then again, sometimes buzz is warranted (as in, say, the case of No Age). It's hard to tell the difference between authentic and manufactured taste.

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I like this list too. So far the blog lists are better than the ones from print pubs...

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