CTV.ca | Year in music: The good, the bad, the ugly
When music historians look back at 2008, they may not see much to set it apart from previous years. Besides TV on the Radio's "Dear Science" and the debut album from Fleet Foxes there wasn't much in the way of consensus of an album of the year from critics. On the Billboard charts, the best-selling albums came not from newcomers but from industry veterans like Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, AC/DC, The Eagles and Josh Groban.Quote has been trimmed
But that aside, 2008 represented the culmination of a number of trends that started earlier this decade.
Indie rock continued to get more pretentious but a few new bands like Los Campesinos! added an absolutely necessary shot of fun to the genre. Classic rock also had a big comeback year with Metallica and AC/DC launching new albums and massive tours. 2008 was also the year that Axl Rose finally decided to release the 14-years-in-the-making "Chinese Democracy."
Hip-hop, the dominant music genre in the U.S. (though not to same extent in Canada or Europe), saw some development as artists started pushing away from rap. This was most obvious on Kanye West's "808s and Heartbreak" in which the outspoken rapper turned to actual singing (computer-assisted, however) and added a personal dimension to his lyrics not seen before from the mega-star.
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Have your own two cents to throw in in regards to some of the above or any other bands/music from 2008?