> 2008 the year in review – best albums

Here is my list of the best albums for 2008*

Jon Foreman – Fall,Winter, Spring, Summer; Limbs & Branches
Love, loss, faith, despair; the realities of life under the gaze of God are all covered on these 4 ambitious ep’s that culminated in the collection Limbs and Branches.
spring and summer

Thrice – The Alchemy Index Vols III & IV; Air & Earth
The completion of the 4 ep series started with 2007’s Fire & Water. Two of the best songs on the year were found here (Moving Mountains & Come All You Weary)
air and earth

House of Heroes – The End is Not the End
Long overdue,  the band with this album want to revitalize the genre if you give them the chance.
the end is not the end

Anberlin – New Surrender
Anberlin successfully make the jump to a major label and take advantage of the resources of the label with out sacrificing their artistic vision, musically or lyrically
New Surrender_Anberlin

Cool Hand Luke – The Sleeping House
Excelling musically and artistically while also maintaining a thoroughly biblical base for their lyrics.
the sleeping house

Seabird – Til We See the Shore
Perhaps the best debut album this year. This piano driven rock band was aided by the song Rescue being featured on the TV Show Pushing Daisies promos.
seabird til we see shore

Family Force 5 – Dance or Die
While not straying far from the vision of their debut album, the 70’s and 80’s are looming in the background. Strong enough to land them a slot on the 2009 Alternative Press tour look for more of them in the coming year
Family Force Five- Dance or Die

Copeland – You Are My Sunshine
After being dropped from their label Copeland lands with Tooth & Nail and deliver their best album since Beneath Medicine Tree.
copleand_you are my sunshine

Denison Witmer – Carry the Weight
The songs were born out of time spent caring for a sick friend and asking if we really could find hope in this crazy world. Also his most accessible and poppy album’ to date.
ctw

The Myriad – With Arrows With Poise
Vastly different from their under-rated debut album, a change in musical direction only served to deepen the quality of this artistic gem. In addition to the high of winning the Mt Dew band contest, The band also experienced the low of having their drummer diagnosed with cancer.
with arrows

Bon Voyage – Lies
bon voyage lies
Starflyer 59 – Dial M
starflyer59 dial m
It’s fitting that husband & wife team (Jason & Julie Martin) released two of the best albums of the year.

The Seventy Sevens – Holy Ghost Building
Easily their best album since 1989’s Sticks and Stones, Mike Roe & company put their own unique stamp on these mostly blues and gospel standards.
77s_HGB_200

We Shot The Moon – Fear & Love
I thought the band would have a big hit with this album and breakout in a big way. They are already at work on some new material for next year so maybe in 2009….

-dbM

*I am being a little bolder this year, last year I called this list my favorite albums

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