The Trout's Top 10 Albums of 2008

1) Damon Aaron ‘Highlands’ (Ubiquity)
Horrible album artwork, but brilliant album. It reminds me of a really smooth Ben Harper mixed w/ Maxwell (in his prime).

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2) Beck ‘Modern Guilt’ (DGC)
Love what he did w/ the mellow vocals and the sporadic DM beats. Great pairing of like minds.

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3) Jazzanova ‘Of All the Things’ (Verve)
Sounds like straight up 70’s pimp soul. I really love the record, but wish they’d have left the rapping off of it.

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4) Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ (Fontana)
Quite a dark album, but I love the dynamic of pairing Lanegan’s raw gravely groan with Isobel’s light and airy softness.

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5) King Kooba & The Trout ‘Slow-Gin Volume 6’ (O-W-E)
This mix sounds better to me with every listen.

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6) Al Green ‘Lay it Down’ (Blue Note)
It’s great to hear Al Green sounding like Al Green again. Props to Questlove for helping put it together.

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7) TV on the Radio ‘Dear Science’ (DGC)
This album broadens the horizons for one of the most intriguing rock bands in the world.

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8) The Black Keys ‘Attack & Release’ (Nonesuch)
Another DM produced album in the top 10. Dude had a great year! These two white boys from Ohio rock like none other.

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9) Clutchy Hopkins & Shawn Lee ‘The Clutch of the Tiger’ (Ubiquity)
Great jazz breaks and downtempo oddness. Love it.

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10) DJ Mark Farina ‘Mushroom Jazz 6’ (Om)
Props go out to my man Mark for keeping it fresh for over fifteen years!

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Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 22, 2008 @ 12:01 PM
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