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Paste’s Top 50 albums of 2008 unsurprisingly alt-country-centric

A friend of mine calls Paste a music magazine for people who wish Uncle Tupelo were still together, but have decided to try to like new stuff. And I can’t agree more when looking at Paste’s Top 50 albums of 2008 list.


Alt-country and straight country albums from artists like Lee Ann Womack, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, and Lucinda Williams get placed on the list alongside albums that Paste obviously is forced to put on the list but doesn’t really like all that much (Tha Carter III, which I don’t recall them actually reviewing, Dear Science, Santogold, Nouns, etc.).


But there’s no greater head-scratcher than their pick for number one: She & Him’s Volume One, which they pick mostly for it being “adorable,” as they say in the write-up. I’m pretty sure "adorable" is mostly used as a slight, but Paste posits that it makes the album the best of the year.


I can’t say I’m necessarily surprised, but it’s still a bit of a strange list. To read it in full, go here.  

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Best Albums of 2008
She & Him

surprisingly bad, though. they usually have much better taste

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I like She & Him, but not that much.

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i think the she & him album is good, but certainly not the best album of 2008. possibly not one of the top 50.

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I think She & Him will be popping up on a lot "Best of" lists this year. Just for the fact that the album was surprisingly good.

Zooey is the new Jenny Lewis.


I don't think I've listened to any album this year as much as I've listened to Skeletal Lamping.

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Tha Carter III is really not very good at all. Including it on a best of list and only mentioning it's sales seems patronizing and tokenistic. It's okay if you don't like rap.


i also like she & him, but also not that much. it wasn't a very good year if that was the best album. and i have to admit, it wasn't a very good year for music. my top 50 list would probably have about 3 albums on it.


They have Flight of the Conchords ranked higher than TVOTR. Come on now...

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Paste always picks an album that no one else will have as #1 most likely, and that balances their traditional folk-rock aesthetic with the -dare I say it- hipster present. It's a bold yet safe pick. Personally, it's a terrible pick. Overall not a fan of the list-but i like their top 10 minus 3 or 4 artists.

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I just looked at the list again and noticed the glaring omission of Portishead.

Automatic disqualification.

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