2008 | The Year in CDs
Globe music critics James Reed and Sarah Rodman took your questions and comments about the top CDs of 2008.
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Globe critics' top picks
One of the ten albums that this arts writer has picked is Gnarls Barkley's "The Odd Couple." "A danceable journey to the heart of darkness," Anderman writes.
"Devotion" — the "gauzy sophomore album" from Beach House — makes this pop music critic's list. Find out what other albums made the cut.
"Bands become critical darlings for a reason," this pop music critic writes about Vampire Weekend, a quartet out with an album of the same name.
Saxophonist Dave Liebman's "Negative Space" "might be the year's biggest surprise," Greenlee writes. Find out why, and check out his other picks.
When it comes to Olivier Messiaen Complete Edition, "nothing can match the rigor and completeness" of this 32-CD box set, Eichler writes. And that's not all.
"Greg Gillis seamlessly weaves more than 300 samples into 50 minutes of musical exhilaration," Muther writes about Girl Talk's "Feed the Animals," one of his picks.
Santogold's self-titled debut album makes this critic's top 10 list. "The year's triumphant pop statement," Mitter writes. Check out his other picks.
David Bowie's "Live in Santa Monica '72" "remains an essential document of an essential era," Perry writes. Read on, and discover what else made his list.
Kathy Mattea's "Coal" makes Alarik's list. "Her gorgeous, gritty vocals prove that country music still benefits from a little honest dirt under its nails," he writes.