Overlooked Albums of '07
Seeing all the lists around of best albums of 07, many with some very good albums mentioned, as this has been a good year for music, has made me want to add a few, that I wish were being mentioned more often. I think Neil Young's Chrome Dreams is very good, no surprise there, but others are noticing that as well. And Lucinda Williams, and Wilco, and all that, but here are three that I think should be on those lists:
Son Volt - The Search (the full 22-song version is really, really good. I don't know why people aren't more interested in it. If you search around [Amazon or itunes], you can also find some excellent live Son Volt tunes [which have better versions of "The Search" and "Highways & Cigarettes" than the album does] for pretty cheap. Stand out tracks: "Circadian Rhythm," "Methamphetamine," "Exurbia")
The Waterboys - Book of Lightning (you can get it as an mp3 album from Amazon for around $8.00, and it's also really, really good. Stand out tracks: "Everybody Takes a Tumble," "Strange Arrangement," "She Tried to Hold Me")
Ian Hunter - Shrunken Heads (everyone seems to have forgotten this one! And it even got some press when it came out... Stand out tracks: "When the World was Round," "Words [Big Mouth]")
Just my 2 cents from warm Austin, Texas.