Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
As I do every year at this time, it’s top for my favoritre records of the year. I’ve expanded the list from last years 20 to 25. While people continue to complain and bicker about the music industry and how music is getting worse and nothing worth listening to is coming out, I would argue that because the digital age has made music so cheap, available and disposable, that nothing’s getting a real fair share. Along with the 25 records posted below, there are at least another 25 records that are worth giving a listen to that were released this year.
I want to give a special shout out to Facedwon Records who released a ton of quality albums this year. Between Facedown, Strike First, and Dreamt Music I could have put together a list of 25 albums worth checking out. Minus three records I thought were below par (A Plea for Purging, Onward to Olympas, and Letters to the Exiles) everything that came out on the Facedown Family was good.
Enough talk, more music. Let the countdown begin
25. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
Love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny that Jim Adkins and the rest of Jimmy Eat World knows how to write killer, catchy songs. Invented is start to finish quality rock and roll. Great songs top to bottom. Best Jimmy Eat World record since Bleed American, and I might say it’s better then that.