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The CLUAS Writers Best Albums of 2008

Elbow Bon Iver Fleet Foxes MGMT Tindersticks   

The top 27 albums below is based on a poll of the CLUAS Writers that took place during the last 2 months of 2008. Writers each nominated between 5 and 10 of their favourite albums released in 2008. The final list comprises all albums that were voted for by at least two writers (hence the somewhat unusual cut-off point of 27). Compared to the results of the readers poll there is, at least in one respect, a good degree of overlap (8 albums are common across both the writers and readers' top 10s). However after the top 10 things get quite different...

Sigur Ros Nick Cave TV on the Radio Crystal Castles Vampire Weekend

The Top 27 Albums of 2008

As voted by the CLUAS Writers...

1. Bon Iver "For Emma, Forever Ago"
2. Elbow "The Seldom Seen Kid"
3. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
4. TV on the Radio "Dear Science"
5. Sigur Ros "Med Sud I Eyrum ..."
6. MGMT "Oracular Spectacular"
7. Tindersticks "The Hungry Saw"
8. Vampire Weekend "Vampire Weekend"
9. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds "Dig Lazarus Dig!" (joint 9th)
9. Crystal Castles "Crystal Castles" (joint 9th)
11. Mogwai "The Hawk Is Howling"
12. Okkervil River "The Stand Ins" (joint 12th)
12. British Sea Power "Do you like rock music?" (joint 12th)
14. Oasis "Dig Out Your Soul" (joint 14th)
14. Foals "Antidotes" (joint 14th)
16. Parenthetical Girls "Entanglements"
17. Ham Sandwich "Carry The Meek" (Irish)
18. Coldplay "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"
19. Republic Of Loose "Johnny Pyro & The Dance of Evil" (Irish)
20. Kings of Leon "Only by the night"
21. Neon Neon "Stainless style" (joint 21st)
21. American Music Club "The Golden Age" (joint 21st)
21. Immortal Technique "The Third World" (joint 21st)
24. David Byrne & Brian Eno "Everything That Happens..."
25. The Dodos "Visiter"
26. Fight Like Apes "...Mystery of the Golden Medallion" (Irish)
27. Shearwater "Rook"