Best Albums of 2016

Ignoring the fact that I never posted last year’s list of the year’s best albums, my year-end lists have tended to be multi-post, overwrought affairs that have tested the reader’s patience and my ability to beat the clock before the calendar turns and the list becomes irrelevant. Fewer than eight hours remain in 2016 and…

Best Albums of 2014, Part 3

The following is the third of three posts that will list, in reverse order, the 64 best albums of 2014.    21. Bleachers, Strange Desire   20. LC Cooke, The Complete SAR Records Recordings   19. The Roots, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin   18. Jungle, Jungle   17. Gary Clark Jr., Live   16. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold…

Best Albums of 2014, Part 2

The following is the second of three posts that will list, in reverse order, the 64 best albums of 2014.    46. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In the End  45. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour   44. Jack White, Lazaretto   43. Benjamin Booker, S/T   42. Prince, Art Official Age   41. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal   40.…

Best Albums of 2014, Part 1

The following is the first of three posts that will list, in reverse order, the 64 best albums of 2014.  64. Alt-J, This Is All Yours                     63. Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun    62. She and Him, Classics 61.  John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender   60. TV On the Radio, Seeds   59. Liars, Mess   58.…

Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

For his devoted fan base, the release of a new album from Bruce Springsteen had, for many years, been a cause for celebration. Springsteen became known as an artist who was prolific in his songwriting and, at the same time – because his perfectionist tendencies ensured that he did not release an album until he…

The best albums of 2013

After a prolonged period of debate, deletion, addition, confusion, discretion, absolution, and reflection, approximately 115 albums remained on the list of those released in 2013 that I would recommend. Admittedly, any attempts I made to organize that list (or a truncated list) of those albums into an easily digestible collection of albums that you should…

The best songs of 2013

  As the year draws to a close, I finally have a few minutes to reflect on the year that was and the songs that kept me going when I needed that extra boost of energy. And as is often the case, when one sits back and compiles the songs that have aged well, no…