Let's face it...when it comes to fresh, new Rock N' Roll music, there's getting to be less and less to choose from in this sometimes dismal world. That's why I'm so ecstatic when I hear something that actually moves me, in one way or another. Most of these albums listed are from artists that I was already into....so, it seems that finding new artists with music to rock out, raise hell, and do "the deed" to is getting awfully rare. It's too bad.
With that said, I picked up some great albums this year. All hope is not lost!
[BTW-I BOUGHT all of these albums! Support Real Music, my friends!! Our lives depend on it!]
In no particular order:
1. The Twilight Singers-Dynamite Steps
Jesus, this album should have been called, Greg Dulli Does It Again. "Whenever you're here, you're alive," he sings in the first lines of the album opener, "Last Night In Town." Evidently, he believes in what he sings, because he delivered an album this year with more passion, angst, attitude, guts & heart-crushing melodies than I've heard from Dulli since 1993's (Afghan Whigs) Gentleman album....and that is certainly saying something. Check out "Get Lucky", "On The Corner", and "The Blackbird & The Fox" (w/ Ani Difranco).
Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LKXAC0/ref=dm_sp_alb
I don't understand why these UK geniuses haven't caught on more in the US. They one of the most vital bands in the world today. For my ears, that's because they are so extremely creative & daring with meshing genres (Rock, Brit Pop, Trip Hop, etc) while still managing to be catchier than gum on your boots...with some damn brilliant lyrics to illustrate it all! If you haven't given this album a listen, you are seriously missing out. Check out "Days Are Forgotten", "Goodbye Kiss", & "I Hear Voices."
Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Velociraptor/dp/B005LZSJ66/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324507693&sr=301-1
3. Tom Waits-Bad As Me
I don't know how many fucking great albums this cat has made, but my mind is blown once again. What's great about this album is that Waits demonstrates all of the many reasons why you love Tom Waits in the first place - making it among his career-defining albums. What ties it all together is that all of the songs are coming from a dark, candle-lit cavern of his imagination, and they move you right in! Pretty much every song on here makes you say to yourself, "Holy FUCK this is FUCKING GREAT!" The first ones that struck me were the titled track, "Face To The Highway", "Chicago", and "Kiss Me"....but you can't go wrong at all here.