Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific musicians alive, whose music spans genres from Country, to Americana, to Blues, to plain old Rock and Roll. Adams actually took three years off from his last album before putting out his self-titled 14th album, the longest hiatus between albums in his career. Featuring the best straightforward … Continue reading Ryan Adams

Unravelling

These heavily-accented rockers from Scotland have had a number of songs become popular in the last few years, but until Unravelling they hadn’t put out a complete album of quality. I love their older stuff, but some of their songs are so similar in the beginning that I can’t tell the difference between them for … Continue reading Unravelling

El Pintor

One of the biggest surprises of the year for me, Interpol returned to the realm of indie greatness with El Pintor. Interpol are indie darlings from New York, but they really haven’t done anything great since Antics in 2004. I almost didn’t give El Pintor much of a shot, most bands don’t wait a full … Continue reading El Pintor

Turn Blue

If you know anything about my music tastes, you knew this would be on the list. The Black Keys are my favorite band, but that doesn’t mean I think everything they do is perfect. In fact, my least favorite of their albums is Attack & Release which was produced by Danger Mouse, who they brought … Continue reading Turn Blue

Hold My Home

Last year when I put Cold War Kids’ Dear Miss Lonelyhearts in my top ten I said that they had finally found their voice and put it together in a complete album. I’m glad they put out another album so quickly after last year’s triumph, because Hold My Home is a continuation of the momentum … Continue reading Hold My Home

Into the Wide

There were a number of surprises this year, but Delta Spirit’s amazing Into the Wide is definitely my favorite surprise. I’ve liked a number of Delta Spirit’s songs over the years, but never a full album. I didn’t know anything about their new album until I saw that it was released on the amazing September … Continue reading Into the Wide