My favorite albums of 2008

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Last week I listed my favorite songs of the year. Today comes my most cherished annual tradition, the "favorite albums" list.

It's hard to get as passionate about albums as I did when I was a teenager. I like to think my scope of appreciation is constantly increasing, but I rarely appreciate anything as passionately as I cared for some of the soundtrack of my formative years. 2007 was an abberation, a year that saw me obsessing over the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Lil Wayne and Peter Bjorn and John like a giddy college freshman. Few records captivated me that way in 2008. With more new music coming out than ever, less of it seemed to resonate powerfully with me. Sensory Overload, indeed.

Still, a quick overview reveals that this year yielded plenty of transcendent musical memories. Many of the following albums were woven into those moments. Meanwhile, the annual December cram session yielded plenty of evidence that I'll be discovering and enjoying 2008 records well into 2009.

In the meantime, these are the ones I discovered before the year was out, records that left an indelible imprint on my year. Maybe they mattered to you during these past 12 months. If not, perhaps they'll shape your next 12. Either way, I trust everyone can find something to enjoy among these 30 LPs. Let's get to the countdown...