Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums September 26, 2008
1. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screw.” An introspective rock ’n’ roll record from this former and, I guess, future member of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham has never sounded better on the guitar. That and a great batch of tunes make, this CD one of the years best discs.
2. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Just like the title says, this is Little Feat with some great friends covering a batch of “Feat” tunes as well as some other great tunes.
3. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” This is all about the fairer sex and the role they have played in his life. This is one of Crowell’s finest recordings. Strong, bold, sensitive and thought provoking help describe this superb CD.
4. JJ Grey and Mofro, “Orange Blossoms.” This fairly young band is at once soulful, swampy, rockin’, funky and bluesy with great rhythm and impeccable vocals from Grey. Translated, think CCR meet Otis Redding, George Clinton and the Subdudes.
5. Joe Cocker, “Hymn For My Soul.” Cocker still has a great voice to go along with a tremendous amount of soul. This new CD rates right up there with some of his finest recordings. The cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” is classic Cocker.
6. Dr. John and the Lower 911, “The City That Care Forgot.” This dark, murky and moody CD is classic Dr. John. Eric Clapton contributes exquisitely on three of the CD’s 13 excellent tracks with Ani DiFranco and Willie Nelson lending a hand on others.
7. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” Guy is the most vibrant old school blues artist still on the scene today. Guest appearances by several great artists such as Susan Tedeschi and Eric Clapton help make this guitar-driven CD a great one.
8. Emmylou Harris, “All I Intended To Be.” This incredible lady has been entertaining listeners with top quality work for almost 40 years, and her new CD is definitely one of the best of her illustrious career that started as a backup singer for Gram Parsons.
9. Van Morrison, “Keep It Simple.” This is classic Morrison in every way. Nothing new here, just great songs with no horns or strings sung by one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ’n’ roll. He’s not a bad songwriter, either.
10. Jakob Dylan, “Seeing Things.” Bob’s son has got more than a little bit of his father’s talent. It is also obvious that it comes through more clearly on this mostly acoustic laid-back effort than his excellent work in the Wallflowers. His best yet.