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Best Music CDs of 2008

The Next Big Things: Best Debut CDs of 2008


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Hercules and Love Affair (CD) ~ Hercules & Love Affair (Artist... Cover Art
 
Hercules And Love Affair (CD)
Hercules & Love Affair
2008-06-24
Mute U.S.


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This New York based project, led by DJ Andy Butler, blends disco with house and squarely hits the mark. Great melodies, great beats, a a celebratory dancehall sound has led the innovative group to be well-received all over the world.
 
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Youth Novels (CD) ~ Lykke Li Cover Art
 
Youth Novels (CD)
Lykke Li
2008-06-24
Atlantic


  
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Swedish indie rock sensation Lykke Li has charms audiences with her childlike vocals and poppy beats. Li writes songs are wholly sing-alongable, but will also keep you moving!
 
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Partie Traumatic (CD) ~ Black Kids (Artist) Cover Art
 
Partie Traumatic (CD)
Black Kids
2008-07-22
Red Int / Red Ink


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Florida natives Black Kids may have a contentious name but there is no quarrel over their hit-making style. These kids have a real knack for mixing a little R & B with the Cure, and boiling it down to crowd-pleasing indie rock.
 
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Remind Me in 3 Days (CD) ~ The Knux (Artist) Cover Art
 
Remind Me In 3 Days... (CD)
Knux
2008-10-28
E Pluribus Unum (Uni


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These New Orleans natives take hip-hop in a new direction, listing Led Zeppelin and the Strokes as influences. Blending old-school styles with grungy guitar and often playing their own instruments, they've created a raw brand of hip hop that's less about bling, and more about music.
 
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Santogold (CD) ~ Santogold (Artist) Cover Art
 
Santogold (CD)
Santogold
2008-04-29
Downtown


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Before becoming Santogold, Sandi White studied Cuban and West African hand-drumming and sang in a punk band. Her ecclectic tastes meld with electronic beats to form dancehall athems that have already rocked Madison Square Garden!
 
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Fleet Foxes (CD) ~ Fleet Foxes (Artist) Cover Art
 
Fleet Foxes (CD)
Fleet Foxes
2008-06-03
Sub Pop


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One of the most gorgeous albums of the year, Fleet Foxes overflow with warmth and folksy charm. These scruffy, bearded gentlemen will win your heart with their enchanting vocals and stunning harmonies.
 
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Vampire Weekend (CD) ~ Vampire Weekend (Artist) Cover Art
 
Vampire Weekend (CD)
Vampire Weekend
2008-01-29
Xl Recordings


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Vampire Weekend blend peppy falsettos and African drumming influences to form an indie rock sensation. With charming lyrics, tuneful hooks and catchy beats, these Columbia graduates are the culmination of New York hip.
 
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Friendly Fires (CD) ~ Friendly Fires (Artist) Cover Art
 
Friendly Fires (CD)
Friendly Fires
2008-09-23
Beggars Xl Recording


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Friendly Fires debut album is a collection of creative instrumentation, great riffs, and beats that will move you. Definitely an accessible album, it's hard to find something wrong with Friendly Fires - aptly listener-friendly!
 
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Does You Inspire You (CD) ~ Chairlift (Artist) Cover Art
 
Does You Inspire You (CD)
Chairlift
2008-09-30
Kanine Records


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This startingly impressive debut album owes much of its success to an i-Pod commercial. Despite this "commercial appeal," Chairlift remains a wonderful definition of indie pop. Vocalist Caroline Polachek steals the show, a breathy virtuoso not seen since they hey-day of Kate Bush!
 
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Voyager (CD) ~ Walter Meego (Artist) Cover Art
 
Voyager (CD)
Walter Meego
2008-05-27
Almost Gold


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Whereas most groups that endeavor to combine dance music with a hummable tune seem heavily weighted toward the dance-end of the equation, savvy Chicago-based songsmiths Walter Meego, are unabashedly pop in their constitution. "Voyager", the group's debut, is rollicking ride through `80s electro-funk, buzzing guitar riffs, and lovelorn lyrics.
 

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