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.
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)
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.
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
Cool Hand Luke – The Sleeping House
Excelling musically and artistically while also maintaining a thoroughly biblical base for their lyrics.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bon Voyage – Lies
Starflyer 59 – 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.
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….
*I am being a little bolder this year, last year I called this list my favorite albums