My list of the best albums I heard this year, along with some songs from those albums.
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs.
This was my favorite record of the year.
Broken Bells – Broken Bells.
The New Pornographers – Together
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust
And because Los Lobos plays such a great mix from bluesy roots music, to traditional latino, they deserve two songs here.
Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone.
A great collaboration from Mavis Staples and producer Jeff Tweedy (from Wilco).
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mojo
Tom Petty continues to be one of my favorite songwriters. The optimistic tone of “Something Good Coming” is a good way to end this list, and look forward to the new year.
I’m watching the water, watching the coast.
Suddenly I know, what I want the most.
And I want to tell you, still I hold back.
I need some time, get my life on track.
I know that look on your face,
But there’s something lucky about this place.
And there’s something good coming, for you and me.
Something good coming, there has to be.