I’m still one of those weirdos that enjoys the full album. Like the movies, some deliver on the anticipation, many disappoint and some come out of nowhere to continue my faith in the full length recorded LP. In no particular order, here are my favorites at this particular moment in time (favorites are always subject to change.
Savages “Silence Yourself” Nosiy goodness, extra points for a entrancing live show
Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer, Different Park” For those of you like myself that miss the Dixie Chicks and original country music look no further than Ms. Musgraves
Local Natives “Hummingbird” Infectious, percussive, indie music. They avoided the sophomore jinx with this effort
The National “Trouble Will Find Me” Maybe the reason I like Local Natives was because guitarist Aaron Dessner produced it. I can tell you I like this album simply because I find Matt Berninger’s baritones so soothing…even when he’s singing trying to rise about his depression.
Arctic Monkey “AM” I had actually given up on this band and thought they never reach the heights of their 2006 debut album. I am happy to report they proved me wrong. What a thrilling return to form proving rock music is still kicking.
Laura Marling “Once I Was An Eagle” Lyrically dense and reminiscent of 60s era Dylan, 70s era Mitchell and yet, still uniquely Marling. I will never grow tired of listening to this album.
Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” It’s the band the everyone in my family can enjoy when we’re in the car. It may not sound like a ringing endorsement but it’s quite a trick for an album to appeal to different aged people and hit them on different levels. My kids hear pop sounds that they can sing along to while I hear songs about death…brilliant!
Foxygen “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” It’s retro and yet it still sounds fresh thanks to the clever lyrics that could only come from a couple of barely into their 20s Southern California kids.
Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind” The kids might not understand this music with its organic instruments and heartfelt lyrcs but the adults know this is the genuine article and should be celebrated. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks make an incredible team. Long may they preach the gospel of the Blues
Beck “Song Reader” The most original album this year in that it wasn’t exactly an album but a book filled with cleverly illustrated song sheets to be performed by other people. People started posting the songs online. I became an sound archivist trying to find my favorite versions.