My top ten list in no particular order. As I look at the list, there is a lot of despair, desperation and death but also a little bit of hope and faith in moving forward. May 2017 brings a little more of the latter.
David Bowie “Blackstar”
A great album that sadly became more poignant a week after its release
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
The band comes back after a five year hiatus and creates their most direct and personal album
Angel Olsen “My Woman”
Angel creates an album of pain and sadness it almost hurts to absorb her lyrics.
Sturgill Simpson “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth”
Fatherhood inspires Sturgill to create his best album to date.
Iggy Pop “Post Pop Depression”
Partnering with Josh Homme to create an album perfectly matched to the over-sized personality of Iggy.
Margo Price “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”
Margo doesn’t have to write her auto biography. Her whole story is on this memorable album
Paul Simon “Stranger To Stranger”
Paul’s humor and wit shine through in the lyrics matched with the arrangements of the songs make for one of his most memorable albums in 20 years.
Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love”
Donald Glover releases his inner Sly Stone.
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here….Thank You For Your Service”
Their final album after the passing of Phife Dawg is not a nostalgic trip but an inspiring journey
Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker”
Leonard bids a fond “adieu”