Well, my plane has been delayed for an hour and forty minutes so I have some time to spare. I’ll give you part tres of my favorite 44 albums of the year (p.s. I know I’m moving slow with this but it’s all about the vibe).
pps. Sorry I didn’t include the *SONG OF THE ALBUM* feature in albums 40-37
patrick park: everyone’s in everyone
Patrick Park took my by great surprise this year. I had heard his “Life Is A Song” in the concluding episodes of one of my favorite television shows (The O.C naturally), and I was blown away by its beautiful simplicity. After identifying his album by my knowledge of that song, I was pulled into it’s acoustic aesthetics. I was amazed at how far he went on the album instead of being one of those artists who makes one good acoustic track. Don’t get me wrong, “Life Is A Song” is a wonderful song, but do not let it overpower the rest of the album. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Life Is A Song”.
buy patrick park here.
band of horses: cease to begin
I talked about Band of Horses a lot when this album came out, because to me it was simply mindblowing. This is the only band I know that uses the album cover art as a precursory to the vibe the album will put out. It happened with Everything All the Time with the swamp / woods themed cover, and continued on Cease To Begin. But other than that little tidbit I find important, this album is wonderful. Take a listen or take twelve and it will never disappoint you. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The General Specific”.
bishop allen: the broken string
If you were as big of a Bishop Allen fan as I was while the EP Project happened for a year, then you’ll agree that this should be more a salute to that than this album. This album is great, but it uses a lot of tracks from some of the 12 EPs. Plus, when you’re done with the songs you might have already known, you get a batch of new good ones! If I were combining both this album and the EPs, this would definitley be holding a higher place on my list because of how great that feat was, but this disc is wonderful by itself and should definitley be in your collection. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Rain”.
buy bishop allen here.
bright eyes: cassadaga
This was definitely a breath of fresh air when first hearing this album. It is clearly a departure and a sign of maturity for Bright Eyes, I mean don’t get me wrong, I love their previous records, it’s just I was glad to see them showing off their folk roots a little bit more, and for me, It suited them better. Conor Oberst again proves that he is one of modern music’s most creative songwriters and lyricist while putting out an album that’s just great to listen to. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Classic Cars”.
buy bright eyes here.