Steele’s Picks for Best Music of 2008

Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs
poetic, romantic. my favorite band right now

Juliana Hatfield, How to Walk Away
sweet and moody tunes.

Keane, Perfect Symmetry
smooth and deliciously melodic

Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
trance. ethereal. The stuff I love and cannot listen to enough.

Alanis Morrissette, Flavors of Entanglement
less angry, still edgy

Dido, Safe Trip Home
great comfort in Dido’s voice and her songwriting for me. as if she gets me or she’s been through similar things.

Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst
brilliant singer/songwriter with something about his voice. I like to listen before I go to bed. it’s so sexy and soothing.

Sia, Some People Have Real Problems
impressive range. intuitive, creative, eclectic arrangements.

Stereolab, Chemical Chords
the mix of the electronica and french vocals always sounds cool for them.

Amy MacDonald, This is the Life
catchy and moving. great voice.

She and Him, Vol. One
Swirly bittersweet.

R.E.M., Accelerate
a cross between Green and Life’s Rich Pageant.

Coldplay, Viva La Vida
the band doesn’t disappoint with exquisite ballads and sweeping guitar crescendos

Paramore, Riot!
catchy, crisp

Alicia Keys, As I Am
so talented. a strong girl with glorious vocals

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash
pure poetry. Stephen Malkmus has a beautiful, world-weary yet hopeful voice.

Snow Patrol, A Hundred Million Suns
still one of my top fave bands. a bit haunting, a bit dreamy, somewhat hypnotic at times.

The Submarines, Honeysuckle Weeks
harmonizing peace and love

The Weepies, Hideaway
mellow and a bit casual, “down home” feel

The Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust
upbeat and gloriously propelling

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