I am sorry my posts have been few and far between since reaching Australia. This really has more to do with the fact that I left my computer behind more than anything. I couldn’t justify traveling to the other side of the globe with it when I am only in country for 10 days. Writing on one’s phone isn’t quite as appealing.
I spent the afternoon walking around Brisbane exploring the city and taking pictures. One of the albums I listened to was Weezer’s newest. It struck me that not only have a bunch of great artists that have been around 20 or more years released albums this year, but that many have released records showing that they are still at the top of their game. It has been a really great year for music so far. Here are some records that came out this year that any music fan should own. Also, if you are a fan of any of the following artists, but lost track somewhere along the way, I believe all of these records belong in a best of for each artist (In no particular order):
1. Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business
2. Jackson Browne: Standing in the Breach
3. Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London
4. Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
5. Bryan Ferry: Avonmore
6. U2: Songs of Innocence
7. Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Morrissey and Leonard Cohen have really never been in artistic decline. Marianne Faithfull has always put out good work, but as a complete album I think this is her best since Broken English. Jackson Browne’s Time the Conqueror was phenomenal, but before that album, ever since the 90’s, his records were too slick overall. This new album is as good as his 70’s work, but updated for modern concerns. I think this is U2’s best complete work since their 90’s trilogy, which has always been a favorite period of mine. Although I really love Bryan Ferry’s Olympia, I think this new one is front to back stronger. I also think this is his best work since definitely the 80’s and probably even since Roxy Music’s Avalon. As for Weezer, I felt that Hurley got a bum wrap, even if the production was a bit too slick, but this is without a doubt their best since their classic Pinkerton. I would even put it ahead of the Green Album.
Not only are these artists putting out vital work in relationship to their own careers, but I have trouble thinking of many new artists that have put out albums this year that are as front to back strong as these releases.
I still need to get around to hearing Chuck D’s new album, as well as the Wu-Tang Clan’s. I am also excited to hear the new AC/DC album that comes out next week.