This Year’s Soundtrack (So Far)

With the year now half completed, it’s time to look back at the library and reflect on the noteworthy albums of the year. While nothing has been an obvious classic, this has actually been a pretty strong year for new music. There’s been some glorious comebacks (David Bowie, my bloody valentine, The Del Lords), strong followups to great earlier albums (Frightened Rabbit, Eels, The National), and some wonderful new or semi-new artists (Fidlar, MIkal Cronin, The Men). 

The following list is alphabetical, as I don’t attempt to rank them until my end-of-the-year compilation. Please take a few moments and check out some of these releases:

Beady Eye, BE

The Bronx, The Bronx (IV)

David Bowie, The Next Day

Deerhunter, Monomania

The Del Lords, Elvis Club

Eddie Spaghetti, The Value of NOthing

Eeels, Wonderful Glorious


Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse

Johnny Marr, The Messenger

Kurt Vile, Wakin’ On a Pretty Day

Low, The Invisible Way

The Men, New Moon

Mikal Cronin, MCII

Mudhoney, Vanishing Point

my bloody valentine, mbv

The National, Trouble Will Find Me

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away

The Night Marchers, Allez Allez

Oblivians, Desperation

Palma Violets, 180

Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork

The Replacements, Songs For Slim

Savages, Silence Yourself

Son Volt, Honky Tonk

Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses), The Low Highway

Telekinesis, Dormarion

Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt

Wire, Change Becomes Us

Yo La Tengo, Fade