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Finding Faith: Top Ten Albums of 2015

Finding Faith: Top Ten Albums of 2015

It’s that time of the year again, time for another top ten albums list. The more of these I write, the more I realize how futile it is to attempt to pick ten albums to represent the year in music. This year the task was made even harder by the launch of Impossible to Say, Blake Collier’s and my music podcast. Thanks to the podcast, I listened to probably twice the amount of new music I listened to last year, which made winnowing down this year’s list an arduous task. So, without further ado, here are the albums that have…

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New Music: Josh Ritter’s Sermon on the Rocks

New Music: Josh Ritter’s Sermon on the Rocks

Sermon on the Rocks, the new offering from Josh Ritter, opens with the slow-burning, apocalyptic “Birds of the Meadow,” a song aiming for prophecy that repeats the refrain, “Fire is coming, fire is coming.” These are the words of those who stand on street corners bellowing through megaphones: hellfire and damnation, intoned by Ritter in a deep, foreboding tone that matches the lyrics. For those of us who have grown up surrounded by American Christianity, these words sound all too familiar, resounding with notions of an angry God, just biding his time before coming to purge the world with fire….

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New Music: Josh Ritter’s The Beast in Its Tracks

New Music: Josh Ritter’s The Beast in Its Tracks

On his newest album, The Beast in Its Tracks, Josh Ritter grapples with his recent divorce, yet none of the songs come off as overly bitter or spiteful. Among the heartbreak and pain, Ritter carves out a new beginning, treating the entire situation with poise and grace through his characteristically excellent lyrics. Musically, nothing here will surprise fans of the singer-songwriter’s previous work, although The Beast in Its Tracks is considerably sparser than Historical Conquests and feels more worn than albums like The Animal Years or So Runs the World Away. This approach gives the album an intimate feel befitting…

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March Playlist

  1. We Must Be In Love – The Five Stairsteps
  2. I Remember The Feeling – Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (RIP Davy Jones)
  3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – David Byrne
  4. Inside of Love – Nada Surf
  5. Stupid – Long Winters
  6. Humpty Dumpty – Aimee Mann
  7. New Friend Jesus – Craig Finn
  8. Lovers Need Lawyers – The Good Life
  9. Wig-Wam Bam – Sweet
  10. Hold Me in the River – BrakesBrakesBrakes
  11. Lily – The Electric Soft Parade
  12. Laura – Billy Joel
  13. Reach Out – Eleven
  14. 7 – Prince
  15. Needing/Getting – OK Go
  16. Why Am I the One – Fun.
  17. Accidentally Like a Martyr – Warren Zevon
  18. Love Is Making Its Way Back Home – Josh Ritter
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And this may be the most exquisite music video I’ve ever seen – at least in recent memory: