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Journal staff weigh in on their top album picks of 2008

1. Coldplay—Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)
2. The Kooks—Konk (Virgin)
3. John Mayer—Where the Light is: Live in LA (Aware/Columbia/Sony BMG)
4. Sarah Slean—The Baroness (WEA/Atlantic)
5. Black Kids—Partie Traumatic (Columbia)
—Heather Christie

1. Mogwai—The Hawk is Howling (Matador)
2. The Sea and Cake—Car Alarm (Thrill Jockey)
3. Elle Milano—Acres of Dead Space Cadets (Brighton Electric)
4. Blitzen Trapper—Furr (Sub Pop)
5. Guns N’ Roses—Chinese Democracy (Geffen)
—Tom Morgan

1. MGMT—Oracular Spectacular (Sony/Columbia)
2. Alphabeat—This is Alphabeat (Copenhagen)
3. Kings of Leon—Only by the Night (RCA)
4. The Kooks—Konk (Virgin)
5. A Fine Frenzy—One Cell in the Sea (Virgin/EMI)
—Kate Underwood

1. The Stand Ins—Okkervil River (Jagjaguwar)
2. Make the Road by Walking—The Menahan Street Band (Daptone)
3. Women As Lovers—Xiu Xiu (Kill Rock Stars)
4. Some Kind of Cadwallader—Algernon Cadwallader
(Self-Released)
5. This Will Destroy You—This Will Destroy You (Magic Bullet)
—Nicholas Fellion

1. Fleet Foxes—Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)
2. Bon Iver—For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
3. TV On the Radio—Dear Science (4AD/Interscope)
4. The Dodos—Visiter (Frenchkiss)
5. Sun Kil Moon—April
(Caldo Verde)
—Justin Everett

1. CSS—Donkey (Sub
Pop/Warner)
2. Girls Aloud—Out of Control (Fascination)
3. The Ting Tings—We Started Nothing (Columbia/Red Ink)
4. Be Your Own Pet—Get Awkward (XL Recordings/Ecstatic Peace)
5. Mystery Jets—Twenty One (679 Recordings)
—Lauren Miles

1. TV On the Radio—Dear Science (4AD/Interscope)
2. Fleet Foxes—Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)
3. Lykke Li—Youth Novels
(LL Recordings)
4. The Bicycles—Oh No, It’s Love (Fuzzy Logic)
5. Born Ruffians—Red, Yellow and Blue (Warp)
—Emily Whalen

1. Sam Roberts—Love at the End of the World (Secret Brain)
2. Coldplay—Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)
3. The Acorn—Heron Act (PaperBag Records)
4. Jason Collett—Here’s to Being Here (Arts & Crafts)
5. City and Colour—Bring Me Your Love (Dine Alone Records)
—Angela Hickman

1. Coldplay—Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)
2. MGMT—Oracular Spectacular (Sony/Columbia)
3. Elliott Brood—Mountain Meadows (Six Shooter)
4. Lil’ Wayne—Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
5. The Kooks—Konk (Virgin)
—Mike Woods

1. No Age—Nouns (Sub Pop)
2. Deerhunter—Microcastle (Kranky/4AD)
3. Lil’ Wayne—Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
4. Lykke Li—Youth Novels (LL/EMI/Warner)
5. Girl Talk—Feed The Animals (Illegal Art/Wham City)
—Tyler Ball

1. Land of Talk—Some are Lakes (Secret City)
2. Fleet Foxes—Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)
3. Tilly and the wall—o
(Team Love)
4. Rachael Yamagata—Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart (Warner Bros)
5. Jason Collett—Here’s to Being Here (Arts & Crafts)
—Adèle Barclay

1. Nickelback—Dark Horse (Roadrunner)
2. The Cheeky Girls—In My Mind Is A Different World - A Cheeky One (GMI)
3. Arashi—Dream “A” live
(J Storm)
4. Zac Brown Band—Chicken Fried (Home Grown/Atlantic)
5. Grégoire—Toi + Moi (My Major Company)
—Taylor Burns

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