It’s near impossible to pick one top album with the massive amount of music I listened to this year but I thought I’d try to at least give you an idea of what you should grab this year before we start anew. Yesterday I debuted 20 thru 16; today my 15 thru 11.
15. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Frightened Rabbit has quickly become one of my favorite acts out there; and this album was absurdly fantastic. This was a post post-breakup album with bombastic epic songs about loneliness, misery and rebirth.
14. The Black Keys – Brothers
The Black Keys do it again and again and again. Their dirty blues rock style is cleaned up in the studio these days, but they still rock just as hard, and nowadays their songwriting and musicianship is that much better. For a duo, I’m not sure anyone can top what Dan and Patrick do.
Hear: Tighten Up
13. Delta Spirit – History From Below
The long awaited followup to Delta Spirit’s Ode to Sunshine released this year. They toured this album relentlessly and for good reason; this album is so full of soulful rock that’s energetic, inspiring, and just an absolute blast to listen to.
Hear: Bushwick Blues
12. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let it Sway
Let it Sway was SSLYBY third studio album the third album I’d listened to of theirs, and by far my absolute favorite. They have really found themselves to be great at making catchy indie/pop rock and on this album there’s a great blend of uplifting, anthemic songs and the melodramatic.
Hear: Back in the Saddle
11. J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Self Title
Total Rock & Roll Renaissance. They play rock music the way it was intended, loose and fast, wild and crazy. Often upbeat and super catchy, this rock music is based on fantastic musicianship driven by piano and huge guitar solos.
Hear: Don’t Break the Needle