Albums of 2007
Recommended by Bria, a former staffer with the library's Tech Services Department.
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Ryan Adams is simply one of the best singer/songwriters working today (in my opinion). This alt-country-rock poster boy refuses to be pinned down to any one genre and the results never fail to satisfy my tastes. Easy Tiger is a great example of this diversity, as he tackles acoustic ballads, good ol' rockn'roll, and a little taste of bluegrass. If this one is checked out, look for one of his many other albumsthey're all fantastic.
If Ryan Adams is my favorite singer/songwriter, then Wilco is my favorite band. Wilco's genre is also difficult to pin down as they refuse to do what is expected of a "rock band." If you watch TV, you might have already heard a song or two in the recent VW commercials. I have loved all of their albums, but this one is quickly making its way to being one of my all-time favorites of theirs, or of any album.
Patty Griffin is another fantastic singer/songwriter and Children Running Through artfully showcases her ability to tell stories through her songs. Many of the songs have a great narrative, and she tells them so convincingly and beautifully.
I discovered this band only recently, but have fallen in love with their sound. A friend described them as "an Irish pub band stuck in a Lake Superior snow storm" so I had to check them out. This is a great album, start to finish. You'll find it in Folk & Ethnic, but it could easily be in Popular or Rock. GLMS is a fun band, so if you like this one, check out their self-titled album at the library also.
Mellow songstress Feist's new album is a nice soothing end to this list. This album helps me unwind and destress on my drive home after a long day of work and school. The songs are simple, but beautiful and catchy. Pop this one in if you want to put your feet up and relax.