Albums Of The Year Archive

Best Albums of 2016

Posted January 1, 2017 By admin

The time has come to rank the best albums of the past year. It’s been a year of loss, as many great musicians have passed, some very near and dear to my heart. Some great music was made though, and that’s what will always keep the memories of musicians alive. I’m sure some of the albums below will be new to some people, and some will be very familiar. Hopefully the ones that are new to you will inspire you to seek them out and give them a chance, and the ones you already know will inspire you to revisit them at some point. Before I get to the top 10, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the cut but deserve to be listened to:

And now, the top 10:

10. Hayes Carll-Lovers and Leavers

9. Sarah Jarosz-Undercurrent

8. Anoushka Shankar-Land Of Gold

7. Benjamin Francis Leftwich-After The Rain

6. Romantica-Shadowlands

5. The Cactus Blossoms-You’re Dreaming

4. Loretta Lynn-Full Circle

3. The Pines-Above The Prairie

2. Bob Dylan-Fallen Angels

1. Leonard Cohen-You Want It Darker

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The best albums of 2014

Posted December 27, 2014 By admin

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but it’s time for one of my favorite posts of every year. These are my choices for album of the year, listed from 10th to 1st. Following in the next few days will be my top songs of the year, so be sure to check back for that. Without further delay, here is my list:

Honorable mentions:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd- Goin’ Home
Michael Jackson-Xscape
Lily Allen-Sheezus
JoJo- #LoveJo

10. Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Annie Lennox-Nostalgia9. Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland

Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

8. Alexz Johnson- Let Em’ Eat Cake

Alexz Johnson- Let Em' Eat Cake

7. Kina Grannis – Elements 

Kina Grannis - Elements

6. Grieves – Winter & the Wolves

Grieves - Winter & the Wolves

5. Jack White – Lazaretto

Jack White - Lazaretto

4. Erik Koskinen – America Theatre

Erik Koskinen-America Theatre

3. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

2. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

1. Jennifer Knapp – Set Me Free

Jennifer Knapp - Set Me Free

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Top albums of 2013

Posted December 29, 2013 By admin

Another year is coming to a close and it’s time to unveil my top albums of the year. It’s a list that is dominated by females, there were so many good albums released by women this year. First, some albums that didn’t quite crack the top 10, but I still feel like they should be mentioned. These are in no particular order:

Now, the top 10:

10. The Chapin Sisters – A Date With the Everly Brothers

The Chapin Sisters - A Date With the Everly Brothers

9. The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms- Live At The Turf Club

8. Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

Andy Kaufman- Andy & His Grandmother

7. Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

Jonny Lang- Fight For My Soul

6. Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

5. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

4. CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

CocoRosie- Tales Of A GrassWidow

3. Alela Diane- About Farewell

Alela Diane- About Farewell

2. Dessa- Parts Of Speech

Dessa- Parts Of Speech

1. Samantha Crain- Kid Face

Samantha Crain- Kid Face

 

My top songs of the year will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check those out as well.

 

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Top albums of 2012

Posted January 3, 2013 By admin

Well, another year has come and gone, and it’s time to post my favorite albums of the past year. 2012 seemed to lack a lot of depth in terms of quality albums. There are a few great ones at the top of the list, but once you get past the first 6 or 7, the quality starts to fade fast. That’s not to say they are bad albums, but there just weren’t many that wowed me this year. I will say this though, there were definitely a lot of great songs released this year, so keep a look out for that list coming in the next couple days. Here’s the list of my top albums from 2012.

Honorable mentions:
Sixpence None The Richer- Lost In Translation
Fiona Apple- The Idler Wheel…
Justin Bieber- Believe
R. Kelly- Write Me Back
DMX- Undisputed

 10. Kevin Coster & Modern West- Famous For Killing Each Other

Kevin Coster & Modern West- Famous For Killing Each Other

 

9. Norah Jones- Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones- Little Broken Hearts

8. Lana Del Rey- Born To Die

Lana Del Rey- Born To Die

7. Sharon Van Etten- Tramp

Sharon Van Etten-Tramp

 

6. Michael Kiwanuka- Home Again

Michael Kiwanuka- Home Again

5. Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen- Old Ideas

4. Brandi Carlile- Bear Creek

Brandi Carlile- Bear Creek

3. Aby Wolf- A. Wolf And Her Claws

Aby Wolf-A. Wolf & Her Claws

2. Bob Dylan- Tempest

Bob Dylan- Tempest

1. The Pines- Dark So Gold

The Pines- Dark So Gold

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Albums & Songs of 2011

Posted January 1, 2012 By admin

I probably shouldn’t have waited until the last minute to post these lists, but better late than never. Here we go, the top 10 albums (plus a few honorable mentions) and the best songs of 2011, as chosen by me. Enjoy!

Honorable mentions:
Atmosphere- The Family Sign
Burlap to Cashmere – Burlap to Cashmere
James Hoffman – The Union
Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
Christina Perri – Lovestrong

 

10. Zee Avi- Ghostbird 9. Brett Dennen- Loverboy 8. Adele- 21 7. Prof – King Gampo 6. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire 5. Rachael Yamagata – Chesapeake 4. Grieves- Together/Apart 3. Astronautalis- This Is Our Science 2. Dessa- Castor, The Twin 1. Amos Lee- Mission Bell

 

 

Best songs:

Disc 1:

  • What Other Guy- Adam Cohen
  • If It Hadn’t Been For Love- Adele
  • Behind Me Now- Amos Lee
  • Holy Water- Astronautalis
  • If You Can Save Me Now- Atmosphere
  • Dead And Done- Bobby Long
  • Frozen In Slow Motion- Brett Dennen
  • Who By Fire- Buck 65 (ft. Jenn Grant)
  • Tonight- Burlap To Cashmere
  • Love Hurts- Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle
  • The Lonely- Christina Perri
  • Dear Father- Colin Hay
  • Black- Danger Mouse (ft. Norah Jones)
  • Two Against One- Danger Mouse (ft. Jack White)
  • 551- Dessa
  • Warning Signs- Eilen Jewell
  • Everyday- Fiona Apple
  • Sunny Side Of Hell- Grieves
  • Duluth- Haroula Rose

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Disc 2:

  • Anyway Rattlesnake- Haley Bonar
  • Police Dog Blues- Hugh Laurie
  • Praise The Lord For My Darlin’- James Hoffman
  • Maybe I Missed The Point- Jeff Bridges
  • Oh! Susanna- Jewel
  • Drive All Night- Joss Stone
  • No Words Now- Pieta Brown
  • Gampo- Prof
  • Even If I Don’t- Rachael Yamagata
  • Good Man- Raphael Saadiq
  • Believe It When I See It- Ron Sexsmith
  • I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say- Ryan Adams
  • Blue Ribbon Winner- Schuyler Fisk
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- She & Him
  • The Golden Age- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • Lose- The Game
  • You Know I’m No Good- Wanda Jackson
  • Roll Up- Wiz Khalifa
  • 31 Days- Zee Avi

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Top 20 Albums Of 2010-Part 2

Posted December 29, 2010 By admin

Well this is it, the top 10 albums of the year. Based on a lot of lists I’ve seen around the web, mine will be quite a bit different than most, but hopefully that will expose more people to different music as well. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my songs of the year.

9.Grieves – The Confessions of Mr. Modest

8. Botzy – Deaf to the Static

7. Roma di Luna – Then the Morning Came

6. The Chapin Sisters – Two

5. Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep

4. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave

3. Crash Test Dummies – Oooh Lala!

2. Adam Green – Minor Love

1. Dessa – A Badly Broken Code

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my songs of the year!

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