Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums October 03, 2008
1. Jackson Browne, “Time The Conqueror.” This is Browne’s first record of all new material since 2002’s “Naked Ride Home.” Like its predecessor, this excellent CD is a mix of classic Browne tunes as well as a few with topical, political themes.
2. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” Crowell has been writing great music for more than 30 years, and I have always been a big fan. This new disc is as good as any of his previous releases. Crowell has been riding a hot streak since 2001’s “Houston Kid” with no end in sight.
3. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws.” The polar opposite of his last release, “Under the Skin,” this CD is mostly a high energy electric offering with a few acoustic gems mixed in. This is a fairly intense and introspective set of songs representing his most potent song writing to date.
4. J.J. Grey & Mofro, “Orange Blossoms.” This amazing CD is the fourth from this ever improving young band. A seamless mix of swampy rock, blues, funk and soul with a hint of gospel that makes for some incredibly infectious grooves to make you move.
5. Michael Franti & Spearhead, “All Rebel Rockers.” This socially conscious artist and his band have their best record to date on their hands. Mostly reggae with some dance hall, this great CD was recorded in Jamaica with the help of legendary producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.
6. Metallica, “Death Magnet,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Ride The Lightning” and “Kill ‘Em All” on LP. Since these titles were reissued on vinyl we have not been able to keep enough of them in stock. After all, Metallica is the king of heavy metal!
7. Joe Cocker, “Hymn For My Soul.” From one of the world’s most recognizable and soulful voices delivers one of the most accomplished works of his extensive and memorable career!
8. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Bob Seger, Craig Fuller and Jimmy Buffett are just a few “friends” who join Little Feat on this fun celebration of some of its best songs as well as a few other great and recognizable tunes.
9. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” This is Guy’s first album of original material in his incredible career and he had help from friends such as Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph. However, the star of this disc is Guy’s fantastic guitar playing.
10. Calexico, “Carried To Dust.” Known for its stark southwestern soundscapes, this mysterious band from the West Coast has the most accessible of its eight releases to date. Its music is mesmerizing in the way that the first Cowboy Junkies was, but Calexico’s sound is all its own.