Below are 8 albums that I dug the most. Work from Fiona Apple, Ben Folds Five, Gaz Coombes, The Divine Fits, The Killers, Miguel, Nada Surf, P.O.S., and The Shins didn't quite make the cut, but still deserve mention.
I haven't ranked this list in the last few years, mostly because I realized how arbitrary it was. But I've gotta say that, weirdly, Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth is my album of the year. How something that had so many strikes against it (the general stink of being a "reunion" album, the absence of Michael Anthony, the recycling of 30 year-old riffs and song ideas, the fact that Eddie Van Halen's body is being held together with duct tape and dental floss at this point) ended up being so artistically vital is beyond me. In my mind, the album single-handedly rewrites the band's history, relegating the Van Hagar (and Van Cherone) years into a sidebar and placing the emphasis squarely back on Eddie's gifted playing and David Lee Roth's insane charisma and weird one-liners.
|The Honeydogs: What Comes After|
Check out: Particles or Waves, Aubben, Fighting Weight, What Comes After, Better Word.
|David Mead: Dudes|
Check out: I Can't Wait, King of the Crosswords, Guy on Guy, No One Roxx This Town No More
|Motion City Soundtrack: Go|
Check out: Circuits and Wires, True Romance, Timelines, Coma Kid, Bad Idea
|Rush: Clockwork Angels|
Check out: Caravan, BU2B, Halo Effect, The Wreckers, The Garden
|Van Halen: A Different Kind of Truth|
Check out: She's the Woman, You and Your Blues, As Is, The Trouble With Never, Stay Frosty
|Rufus Wainwright: Out of the Game|
Check out: Out of the Game, Jericho, Montauk, Respectable Dive, Perfect Man, Candles
|Robbie Williams: Take the Crown|
Check out: Be a Boy, Gospel, Candy, Shit on the Radio, Into the Silence, Losers