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It's the end of another year, which means 2 things: I need to renew my subscription to Miniature Donkey Talk magazine, and it's time for the annual countdown of my top 10 favorite albums of the year, which is about as pointless at the 4th season of The O.C.
Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
It's been like 7 years since we've heard anything from these guys, and that's too damn long for me. The world is a much better place when Shirley Manson is around complaining about life & love.
Blood for Poppies:
10. The Ting Tings - Songs From Nowheresville
The 2nd album from this
Hit Me Down Sonny:
9. The Shins -
It's been almost a decade since Natalie Portman told us the Shins would change our lives in
It's Only Life:
8. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - The Lion the Beast the Beat
One of the great new voices of rock, Grace Potter and her band return after their breakthrough album a couple of years ago with a new record which doesn't follow their same bluesy, folk-rock formula as their previous stuff, but is more basic hard rock. But coming from this awesome voice, it works just as well. Plus she looks like Heidi Klum.
Never Going Back:
7. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel is Wiser...
Another artist I had to wait 7 damn years to hear something new from, Fiona Apple is arguably one of the greatest musicians of the last quarter century. Stunningly original, Apple's latest set of songs require repeated listens like her other stuff; plus with these songs she's stripped down to essentially piano, occasional drums, and her passionate voice, which sounds like she's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She might be bat-shit crazy, but she channels that craziness into this music so it's a win-win, right?
Every Single Night:
6. Aimee Mann - Charmer
Another set of consistently catchy rock from Aimee Mann, who's always been one of my favorites. If you're a fan of music that will get stuck in your head for months, you won't go wrong here. And her videos are awesome as well; especially
5. Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound - Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound
So everything I said two years ago about Grace Potter's breakthrough album applies here this year. Audra Mae is another great, Bonnie Raitt-inspired voice singing some catchy folk rock with some kick.
The Real Thing:
Smokin' the Boys:
4. Sara Watkins - Sun Sun
This is the 2nd solo album from Watkins, a former member of the great alternative bluegrass group Nickel Creek. And she once guest-hosted A Prairie Home Companion, which I'll bet no one on any of my previous or future lists ever did/will do. Unless the All-Star Shoe Band can get their damn act together and put something decent out.
When It Pleases You:
3. La Sera - Sees the Light
La Sera is the solo moniker of Katy Goodman, of the indie-rock group Vivian Girls. They're ok, but here Goodman herself delivers a tremendous slice of catchy grunge rock that I thought only Juliana Hatfield could master.
Break My Heart:
Love That's Gone:
2. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
Most of you know my love for Norah Jones; she could record herself eating a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos while an oboe played the same note for 45 minutes and I'd still buy it. But this is her break-up album, and lord knows Norah Jones + break up songs = even more awesome than usual. And it was produced by something called Danger Mouse, which I believe is one of the many great rodent producers currently out there.
Out On The Road:
1. Jack White - Blunderbuss
Of his many groups that have appeared on my countdowns over the years, it takes a solo project to finally crack the #1 spot for Jack White. And the amazing thing here is how White doesn't rely on the guitar much at all on this record; usually his guitar workouts are at the forefront of his music with all of his other bands. Whenever you're feeling worried or ashamed at the state of the music industry these days, at least there's a Jack White out there writing and recording, eh?
Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy: