Best Albums of 2008: #6: Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

6. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

It was really hard to decide where to put this in relation to The Stand-Ins because both are so successfully literary and lyrically strong. Fleet Foxes won the battle because the have the badassery of lumberjacks. I’m not joking. I love lumberjacks, except for the cutting down trees part. Everything else, though—the plaid flannel, the beards, all of the nature references. I’m reminded of Paul Bunyan and snow, mountains and birds, the Rockies and Appalachia. Aesthetics aside, this is a really stunning album, one that demonstrates lyrical and compositional abilities that make it almost universally accessible and timeless. I look forward to anything these guys do in the future. As long as there is no shaving of the beards.

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Best of 2008: #10: M83: Saturdays=Youth
Best of 2008: #11: TV On the Radio: Dear Science
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Best of 2008: #13: Cloud Cult: Feel Good Ghosts
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Best of 2008: #16: Grand Archives: S/T
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Best of 2008: #19: The Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound
Best of 2008: #20: Billy Bragg- Mr. Love and Justice
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