Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 25 Albums of 2016

25. Leagues, “Alone Together”
24. Split Single, “Metal Frames”
23. Joseph, “I’m Alone, No You’re Not”
22. Lucius, “Good Grief”
21. Wilco, “Schmilco”
20. Tom Chaplin, “The Wave”
19. Car Seat Headrest, “Teens of Denial”
18. The Monkees, “Good Times”
17. Jeff Buckley, “You & I”
16. The Lumineers, “Cleopatra”
15. Bear’s Den, “Red Earth and Pouring Rain”
14. Kaleo, “A/B”
13. Travis, “Everything at Once”
12. Fantastic Negrito, “The Last Days of Oakland”
11. Dream Theater, “The Astonishing”
10. Gungor, “One Wild Life: Body”
9. Jimmy Eat World, “Integrity Blues”
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Getaway”
7. Kings of Leon, “WALLS”
6. The Boxer Rebellion, “Ocean By Ocean”
5. Needtobreathe, “H A R D L O V E”
4. Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool”
3. Bon Iver, “22, A Million”
2. Gungor, “One Wild Life: Spirit”
1. David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Top 25 Albums of 2015

25. Collective Soul - “See what You Started By Continuing”

24. Metric - “Pagans in Vegas”

23. Natalie Prass - “Natalie Prass”

22. The Dead Weather - “Dodge and Burn”

21. Foo Fighters - “St. Cecilia” EP

20. Matthew Perryman Jones - “Cold Answer” EP

19. CHVRCHES - “Every Open Eye”

18. Chris Cornell - “Higher Truth”

17. Brandi Carlile - “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”

16. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - “Chasing Yesterday”

15. Muse - “Drones”

14. Ian Fletcher Thornley - “Secrets”

13. Adele - “25”

12. Leon Bridges - “Coming Home”

11. Coldplay - “A Head Full of Dreams”

10. Ryan Adams - “1989”

9. Florence + The Machine - “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”

8. Alabama Shakes - “Sound and Color”

7. Brandon Flowers - “The Desired Effect”

6. MUTEMATH - “Vitals”

5. Mumford and Sons - “Wilder Mind”

4. Civil Twilight - “Story of an Immigrant”

3. Death Cab for Cutie - “Kintsugi”

2. Gungor - “One Wild Life: Soul”

1. Sufjan Stevens - “Carrie & Lowell”

Top 25 Albums of 2014

25. Split Single Fragmented World

24. Alt-J This Is All Yours

23. Interpol El Pintor

22. First Aid Kit Stay Gold

21. Ray LaMontagne Supernova

20. Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

19. Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy

18. Boy & Bear Harlequin Dream

17. Big Wreck Ghosts

16. Birds of Tokyo March Fires

15. Foo Fighters Sonic Highways 

14. Bear's Den Islands

13. The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream

12. New Basement Tapes Lost on the River

11. Coldplay Ghost Stories

10. Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker

9. U2 Songs of Innocence

8. Needtobreathe Rivers in the Wasteland

7. Jack White Lazaretto

6. Jenny Lewis The Voyager

5. Cold War Kids Hold My Home

4. The Black Keys Turn Blue

3. Spoon They Want My Soul

2. Ryan Adams Ryan Adams

1. Beck Morning Phase

Top 20 Albums of 2013

2013 was a fantastic year for music. The close I got to the top of my list the harder it was to put them in order. It took a lot of deliberating, but this is how it shook out:

20. Derek Webb "I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You"

19. Arctic Monkeys "AM"

18. Stone Gossard "Moonlander"

17. The National "Trouble Will Find Me"

16. The Civil Wars "The Civil Wars"

15. The Hawk In Paris "Freaks"

14. The Boxer Rebellion "Promises"

13. Editors "The Weight of Your Love"

12. Arcade Fire "Reflektor"

11. Leagues "You Belong Here"

10. Kings of Leon "Mechanical Bull"

9. Phosphorescent "Muchacho"

8. Chvrches "The Bones of What You Believe"

7. Travis "Where You Stand"

6. Cold War Kids "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts"

5. Pearl Jam "Lightning Bolt"

4. Jars of Clay "Inland"

3. Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires of the City"

2. Gungor "I Am Mountain"

1. Kodaline "In a Perfect World"

Top 28 Albums of 2012

I know this is a little late, but I found it that much more difficult to rank all the great music this year. That's also why there's 28 albums, and not something more of a round number like 25...so here it is, 2012 in music the way I saw it.

28. Ben Folds Five - "The Sound of the Life of the Mind"

27. Boxes - "Stickers"

26. Our Lady Peace - "Curve"

25. Imagine Dragons - "Night Visions"

24. James Walsh - "Lullaby"

23. Benjamin Gibbard - "Former Lives"

22. Menomena - "Moms"

21. Grizzly Bear - "Shields"

20. Sandra McCracken - "Desire Like Dynamite"

19. Gotye - "Making Mirrors"

18. Yeasayer - "Fragrant World"

17. Glen Hansard - "Rhythm & Repose"

16. The Killers - "Battle Born"

15. Derek Webb - "Ctrl"

14. fun. - "Some Nights"

13. Andrew Osenga - "Leonard, The Lonely Astronaut"

12. The Lumineers - "The Lumineers"

11. Keane - "Strangeland"

10. Muse - "The 2nd Law"

9. Bruce Springsteen - "Wrecking Ball"

8. Of Monsters & Men - "My Head is an Animal"

7. Soundgarden - "King Animal"

6. Passion Pit - "Gossamer"

5. Jack White - "Blunderbuss"

4. Alt-J - "An Awesome Wave"

3. Matthew Perryman Jones - "Land of the Living"

2. Big Wreck - "Albatross"

1. Mumford & Sons - "Babel"

Top 25 Albums of 2011

25. The Hawk in Paris - His+Hers EP

24. The Muppets - Soundtrack

23. The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still

22. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Self-Titled

21. Adele - 21

20. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

19. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

18. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now

17. The Head and The Heart - Self-Titled

16. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

15. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

14. New London Fire - The Dirt The Blood The Faith

13. Wilco - The Whole Love

12. The Strokes - Angles

11. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

10. The Black Keys - El Camino

9. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

8. Bon Iver - Self-Titled

7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

6. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes & Keys

5. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

4. Needtobreathe - The Reckoning

3. MuteMath - Odd Soul

2. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

1. Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours

Top 50 Albums of the Decade

(originally posted Dec. 31, 2009)

Wow...This was not easy, and I will probably always feel like I left some out, 'cause let's be honest, I bought a crap load of music in the past ten years!

50. Stir - "Holy Dogs"


49. As Tall As Lions - "You Can't Take It With You"


48. Bruce Springsteen - "The Rising"


47. The Strokes - "This Is It"


46. Sigur Ros - "( )"


45. Arctic Monkeys - "Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not"


44. Robert Plant & Allison Krauss - "Raising Sand"


43. The Black Keys - "Attack and Release"


42. "Once" Soundtrack


41. R.E.M. - "Accelerate"


40. She & Him - "Vol. 1"


39. Ben Folds - "Rockin' The Suburbs"


38. Bon Iver - "For Emma, Forever Ago"


37. Damien Rice - "O"


36. The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife"


35. Franz Ferdinand - "Franz Ferdinand"


34. Interpol - "Turn The Bright Lights On"


33. Sleeping at Last - "Keep No Score"


32. Keane - "Hopes & Fears"


31. Snow Patrol - "Final Straw"


30. The Raconteurs - "Consolers of the Lonely"


29. Starsailor - "On The Outside"


28. Battles - "Mirrored"


27. Johnny Cash - "American IV: The Man Comes Around"


26. Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend"


25. Spoon - "Kill The Moonlight"


24. Pilot Speed - "Into The West"


23. Postal Service - "Give Up"


22. Pearl Jam - "Pearl Jam (Avacado)"


21. Jimmy Eat World - "Futures"


20. Menomena - "Friend & Foe"


19. Kings of Leon - "Because of the TImes"


18. The Killers - "Hot Fuss"


17. Wilco - "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"


16. Sufjan Stevens - "(Come on Feel the) Illinoise"


15. Jars of Clay - "Good Monsters"


14. MuteMath - "MuteMath"


13. Derek Webb - "Stockholm Syndrome"


12. Editors - "An End Has A Start"


11. Muse - "Black Holes and Revelations"


10. The White Stripes - "Elephant"


9. Death Cab for Cutie - "Transatlanicism"


8. Our Lady Peace - "Spiritual Machines"


7. Travis - "The Invisible Band"


6. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - "Rabbit Fur Coat"


5. Arcade Fire - "Funeral"


4. Ryan Adams - "Gold"


3. U2 - "All That You Can't Leave Behind"


2. Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood To The Head"


1. Radiohead - "Kid A"

Top 25 Albums of 2010

25. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

24. Ryan Adams - III/IV

23. Fistful of Mercy - As I Call You Down

22. Broken Bells - Broken Bells

21. Derek Webb - Feedback

20. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards

19. New London Fire - Happiness Through Radios and Wires

18. Interpol - Interpol

17. Jimmy Eat World - Invented

16. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

15. Kevin Max - Cotes d'Armor

14. Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave

13. Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back

12. The Black Keys - Brothers

11. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

10. Jars of Clay - The Shelter

9. Menomena - Mines

8. The National - High Violet

7. She & Him - Vol. 2

6. Sandra McCracken - In Feast or Fallow

5. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

4. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

2. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

1. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Top 25 Albums of 2009

HONORABLE MENTION:

Needtobreathe "The Outsiders," Owl City "Ocean Eyes"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's Blitz," Brenden Benson "My Old Familiar Friend"
The Swell Season "Strict Joy," Arctic Monkeys "Humbug"
Rodrigo y Gabriella "11:11," Sleeping At Last "Storyboards"
Regina Spektor "Far"
Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"


TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2009

25. 'Away We Go' Soundtrack


24. Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"


23. Rhett Miller - "Rhett Miller"


22. The Mountain Goats - "The Life of The World To Come"


21. Grizzly Bear - "Veketimest"


20. Dave Matthews Band - "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King"


19. Band of Skulls - "Baby Darling Doll Face Honey"


18. Julian Casablancas - "Phrazes for the Young"


17. Kurt Vile - "God Is Saying This to You?"


16. Metric - "Fantasies"


15. As Tall As Lions - "You Can't Take It With You"


14. Wilco - "Wilco (The Album)"


13. Passion Pit - "Manners"


12. The Dead Weather - "Horehound"


11. Muse - "The Resistance"


10. Editors - "In This Light and On This Morning"


9. Franz Ferdinand - "Tonight: Fran Ferdinand"


8. Starsailor - "All the Plans"


7. The Boxer Rebellion - "Union"


6. Jars of Clay - "The Long Fall Back to Earth"


5. U2 - "No Line On The Horizon"


4. Pearl Jam - "Backspacer"


3. Mute Math - "Armistice"


2. The Decemberists - "The Hazards of Love"


1. Derek Webb - "Stockholm Syndrome"

Top 25 Albums of 2008

Honorable Mention:
Counting Crows – Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
People in Planes – Beyond The Horizon
Jeff Ament – Tone
Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
The Broken West – Now or Heaven
The Watson Twins – Fire Songs

Now to the good stuff....


25. Bloc Party – Intimacy


24. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive


23. Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line


22. Beck – Modern Guilt


21. The Republic Tigers – The Republic Tigers


20. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns


19. TV on the Radio – Dear Science


18. Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue


17. Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust


16. She & Him – Volume One


15. Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty


14. Keane – Perfect Symmetry


13. Travis – Ode to J. Smith


12. The Killers – Day & Age


11. Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords


10. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Cardinology


9. The Myriad – With Arrows, With Poise


8. The Black Keys – Attack and Release


7. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes


6. The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely


5. R.E.M. – Accelerate


4. Kings of Leon – Only By The Night


3. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend


2. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs


1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends