Best big releases of 2008

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While we are some times at pains to consider most popular music more than simply “eh” worthy, there is a reason the commercial wheat rises above the commercial chafe, and we, though clueless to the mechanics behind it, must have a janky list somewhere on our blog to revere it. With that in mind, 2008 was a somewhat reassuring year for the music-loving mainstream, with more than a few memorable releases.

Deerhunter, Microcastle
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
Portishead, Third
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
T.I., Paper Trail
The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
TV on the Radio, Dear Science
Spiritualized, Songs in A&E
Girl Talk, Feed the Animals

List compiled by Impose editorial.

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