2008 wasn't the best year for music, but there were definitely a few gems. The following is a list of my favorite 5 albums released in 2008.

5. Me su I eyrum vi spilum endalaust by Sigur Rs

Somehow, this band escaped my radar until this past year, so I'm still playing catch-up on their back catalog. I really enjoyed this new disc, though. Divided into rough halves, with the first half being poppy songs (for them) and the second half being much more mellow, featuring primarily Jonsi's falsetto and Piano. Many reviews I've read loved the first half and didn't know what to do with the second. Frankly, I prefer the quieter numbers such as Illgresi and ra btur. All in all, not my favorite of their albums, but still miles above most everything else out there.

No Embedded YouTube video for this one as there's nudity in the video... but you can download the video for Gobbledigook here at http://www.sigurros.com/dvd3.asp

4. Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie

A great album by a band that just seems to get better and better with time. Ben's an amazing songwriter with a voice that is distinctive without being annoying. Some of my favorite tracks are "Cath...", "Grapevine Fires" and "I Will Possess Your Heart".

3. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

The unforgettable full-length debut by this Seattle-based 5-piece is unlike anything I've heard lately. They aptly describe their music as "baroque harmonic pop jams". I hope to see more, much more, from them in the future. Favorites include "White Winter Hymnal", "tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and "Blue Ridge Mountains"

2. Fate by Dr. Dog

Another band that I just 'discovered' this year. I've yet to delve into their back catalog, but I can't wait to. This album blew me away. Such fun! "The Old Days", "The Ark" and "Hang On" are some favorites.

1. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

Lastly is my #1 favorite from 2008. Another debut album from Wisconsin natives Bon Iver. Recorded solo by front-man Justin Vernon over three months in a cabin in Northern Wisconsin, this is the most hauntingly beautiful music I've heard a long time. Do yourself a favor and go buy this album right now! "Flume", "Skinny Love", "The Wolves" and "re:Stacks" will be staying in my playlists for a long time to come.