It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.
It’s here! Allison Crowe just released Newfoundland Vinyl II and it’s the perfect followup to her traditional folk masterpiece, Newfoundland Vinyl. Like its predecessor, Newfoundland Vinyl II is comprised of traditional Canadian, Irish and Scottish folk songs newly arranged, performed, produced and engineered by Allison Crowe from a local theatrical production for which she serves as Musical Director.
The jauntier Irish-influenced ditties “Paddy McGinty’s Goat” and “The Wild Rover” are very fun listens. Allison’s use of her own multi-tracked choral vocals as part of the arrangements continues to amaze.
My absolute favorite songs are the ballads: the shipwrecked first single “The Water Witch,” the soulful, quintessentially Allison Crowe sound of “30 for 60″ and the album’s beautiful finale “Saltwater Joys.”
You can stream the entire album and watch the new lyric videos below…