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Let The End-Of-The-Year Recaps Begin...

Here at UTB, we've been suffering from a collective denial of the upcoming end of the semester. It seems that only mere days ago we were a just a fledgling baby blog, with only a handful of readers (mostly our parents).

To make matters worse, publications have started to do the usual end-of-the-year round-up of bests, worsts, mosts, etc. Blender magazine has just released its list of the top albums of 2008. After the jump, check out their list--and our comments, of course.

Blender's Top 33 Albums of 2008

1. Lil' Wayne, Tha Carter III - The CD that just won't die. Gangstas and frat boys alike will be bumping this one for a long, long time to come. And I guess I'll have to come to terms with that.

2. Girl Talk, Feed The Animals - Yes, yes, yes. Copyright infringement is the new black.

3. TV On The Radio, Dear Science

4. Metallica, Death Magnetic

5. Hot Chip, Made In The Dark - Hot Chip's CD is...well... hot. I don't know how else to say it.

6. Robyn, Robyn - Girl, this isn't your debut album. No need to self-title it. Good CD nonetheless.

7. Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping

8. Randy Newman, Harps & Angels

9. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend

10. Fall Out Boy, Folie A Deux - Pete Wentz names his albums AND his children weirdly. Two points for consistency.

11. Death Cab For Cutie, Narrow Stairs

12. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges

13. Al Green, Lay It Down

14. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue

15. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago

16. Be Your Own Pet, Get Awkward

17. Conor Oberst, Conor Obers

18. Ponytail, Ice Cream Spiritual

19. Katy Perry, One Of The Boys - A bi-curious lady with temperature adjustment issues. And very, very quirky costumes. And, somehow, two number one singles.

20. Wale, Mixtape About Nothing - Hey SPEC, look how trendy you are!

21. Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part I: Fourth World War

22. Coldplay, Viva La Vida - Coldplay junkies will surely resent the band's semi-low placement on this list, but objective music fans know that X&Y was totally better. Come on people.

23. The Cool Kids, Bake Sale

24. The Roots, Rising Down - So underrated.

25. Santogold, Santogold - Santogold is one of those musical gems whose music won't catch on for awhile. This CD could very well show up on this list again next year, much, much higher up.

26. Usher, Here I Stand - Making love in clubs is but one of his many talents. None of which he showcased on this CD.

27. Mariah Carey, E=MC2 - Pity nod to Mariah Carey. Her husband is famous for his ability to "wile out."

28. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash

29. Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It

30. Young Jeezy, The Recession - Well, he called that one.

31. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

32. Taylor Swift, Fearless - Proving that Jonas girls can have careers of their owns. Post-breakup careers, but careers nonetheless.

33. Hayes Carll, Trouble In Mind