Top 40 Albums of 2015

40. New Alhambra by Elvis Depressedly Melodic. Rough around the edges. Biblical motifs. For the win.   39. The Helio Sequence by the Helio Sequence Percussive yet ambient. Perfect work music.   38. Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes Alabama Shakes keep marching forward with an excellent sophomore release. Bluesy, snarly, overdriven.   37. The Shape of Colour by Intervals Technical and punishing instrumental metal.   36. Positive Songs for Negative People by Frank Turner Tunes best suited for the bar on a Friday night.   35. All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes Guitar rock for the indie inclined. I do hope all my favorite bands stay together.   34. The Bearer of Bad News by Andy Shauf Why can’t… Read More →

Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks

The Beast in its Tracks by Josh Ritter

The Beast in its Tracks by Josh Ritter (Pytheas Recordings, 2013. 44 minutes) Josh Ritter is an American singer-songwriter born in Moscow, Idaho. A graduate of Oberlin College, Ritter sang open-mic nights and worked odd jobs until he was discovered by Glen Hansard. Ritter has released 7 full-length albums and numerous EPs. A Gig, Most Difficult In my opinion, the hardest gig in show business is that of the singer-songwriter. Typically alone on stage without much accompaniment, the singer-songwriter can’t hide behind anything. When you have a band, the focus of the audience wanders from member to member. A backing band can bring energy to a mundane song; it can hide meaningless lyrics. But when you are alone on stage,… Read More →