Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums November 21, 2008

1. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” “The whole world runs on sex and gasoline,” or so says Crowell. This CD has some of the finest songwriting from one of the world’s best at it. “The Rise and Fall of Intelligent Design” and “Closer to Heaven” are two of the best.

2. Bob Dylan, “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006.” If you need any further proof that Dylan is the world’s greatest songwriter, pick this set up. Dylan’s outtakes are better than most other artists’ keepers.

3. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle Egypt 1978.” Two CDs featuring the best from the Dead’s historic shows from Egypt’s Great Pyramid. Included is a DVD of extremely rare concert footage and home movies
from the Grateful Dead.

4. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” In love again and happy most of the time, Williams has one of her most positive and uplifting CDs to date. But don’t worry. There are still some classic Williams’ style folk/blues tracks full of heartache that we all love.

5. Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Rebel Rockers.” Always outspoken, political and controversial and unafraid to speak his mind, Franti and band recorded this CD in Jamaica with the help of legendary producers Sly and Robbie.

6. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” This CD is just what the title says and is just what this band deserves. A laid-back recording with friends covering some of Little Feat’s classic songs as well as a few others.

7. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” This is Guy’s first album of original material in his incredible career, and he had help from friends sich as Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Robert Randolph. However, the star of this disc is Guy’s fantastic guitar playing.

8. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws.” An introspective rock ’n’ roll record from the former and, I guess, future member of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham has never sounded better on the guitar. A great batch of tunes make it one of the year’s best discs.

9. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, “Cardinology.” Adams and band mates have their best release since their first two CDs. This time the focus is on the band and the results are a terrific mix of music performed superbly by an excellent group of musicians backing a focused Adams.

10. Jackson Browne, “Time the Conqueror.” This is Browne’s 13th studio album and first in six years since “Naked Ride Home.” It is a mix of classic Browne with his ’80s political side showing some. Highlights include the title track and “Going Down to Cuba.”


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