I’ve been wanting to write a short post about my favorite albums of 2008 since the end of the year but haven’t had a chance. So, I thought I’d take just a few minutes to do so now. 2008 was even more about music for me than other years have been, since PJ gave me an iPod for my birthday in June. I don’t think I’ve become a downloading maniac, but I have used it as an opportunity to purchase more albums than I normally would.

As I’ve been sifting through the albums on my iPod, I’ve noticed that I’ve added more than 20 new albums to my catalogue this year (which doesn’t count the downloads/purchases of pre-2008 albums). Of these, five have clearly been my favorites.

My favorite album of 2008 was Keane’s Perfect Symmetry. I blogged about the album in October, so I won’t repeat everything I said there. The thing that stands out to me most about this album at the moment is its skepticism about love. It’s a beautiful album with a great ’80s feel to it, but it’s also cynical and jaded, which isn’t at all the kind of music I usually admire. But the combination of all these things coupled with my clear preference for British music in general last year made this my favorite album of 2008. Here’s the latest single off of the album, the title track:

Four other albums were among my favorites last year. I’ll write briefly about each of them, though I haven’t put them into any sort of ranking.