It’s that time of year when I choose my 25 favorite albums of the year. I’ve done so, with a couple of changes from the way I usually do it.
I’m not ranking them this year, mostly because nothing really stood out as being far better than the pack and because there were a dozen or so more albums that could have made the list.
Also, I’m not adding the short reviews that I usually do. Health circumstances this year have left me with almost no energy to think and write creatively and intelligently about things, even music, which you know I love to talk about very much.
So they’re just in alphabetical order, and I encourage you to explore what you can from the list. Also, please use the comment function to take issue with my picks or to suggest your own.
So, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and everything else, hopefully while listening to some of the great music below.
Beck — Modern Guilt (DGC)
The Black Crowes — Warpaint (Silver Arrow)
Glen Campbell — Meet Glen Campbell (Capitol)
Chatham County Line — IV (Yep Roc)
Coldplay — Viva la Vida (Capitol)
Dailey and Vincent — Dailey and Vincent (Rounder)
Neil Diamond — Home Before Dark (Columbia)
Dido — Safe Trip Home (Arista)
Bob Dylan — Tell Tale Signs, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8, Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Sony BMG)
The Felice Brothers — The Felice Brothers (Team Love)
Flight of the Conchords — Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)
B.B. King — One Kind Favor (Geffen)
Ray LaMontagne — Gossip in the Grain (RCA)
Kings of Leon — Only by the Night (RCA)
Patty Loveless — Sleepless Nights (Time Life)
Shelby Lynne — Just a Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway)
Tift Merritt — Another Country (Fantasy)
Van Morrison — Keep It Simple (Exile/Lost Highway)
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis — Two Men with the Blues (Blue Note)
Old Crow Medicine Show — Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk)
Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass — The Room Over Mine (Rounder)
Punch Brothers — Punch (Nonesuch)
The Raconteurs — Consolers Of The Lonely (Warner Bros.)
Ron Sexsmith — Exit Strategy of the Soul (Yep Roc)
Teddy Thompson — A Piece of What You Need (Verve Forecast)
Cross-posted at Listen to the Lion.