Dennis' Albums Of The Year 2018
1. Mick Harvey & Christopher Richard Barker - The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War
Like a great movie that sticks with you long after you have left the theater, I had the same feeling after one listen to The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War. Before knowing Edgar Bourchier was fictional (actually author/poet Christopher Richard Barker) I immediately began searching for his written works. As I soon found out it was non existent, but I was happy that the album inspired me to make the effort. That to took me on a journey rewatched classic film such as Kubrick's The Path Of Glory, All Quiet On The Western Front, The Grand Illusion and others which are all great examples of suffering and the horrors of war. Musically the album is fittingly dark, moody and atmospheric with Mick Harvey delivering beautifully crafted melodic vocals with poetry interwoven throughout. This album has taken me deep into the trenches and therefore is my pick of the year.
2. Cut Worms - Hollow Ground
Like a musical burrito, all my favorite things are wrapped up into one package. Catchy songs, Everly-esque harmonies, smart lyrics with a creative musical Americana landscape.
3. Tony Molina - Kill The Lights
It's only 20 minutes long, but not a second is wasted. If you're a fan of Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, power pop, or simply great songs you need this need this one now.
4. Israel Nash - Lifted
I can't help but think of Neil Young's Zuma era but the production and arrangements lifts this album above most others releases this year. Actually grab any of his albums, all great.
5. Beak> - >>>
I can't even begin to describe this album, I'll leave that to co-worker Tommy. I love the nods to Neu!, Silver Apples and Can but there is so much more. Tommy...
6. J Mascis - Elastic Days
7. Shannon Shaw - Shannon In Nashville
I have to admit on first listen the retro production overwhelmed me, but after a few listens and I was hooked and I wouldn't have it any other way now. Not a bad song in the bunch. Don’t tell anyone but I prefer this to the (still excellent) Shannon and the Clams albums.
8. Marianne Faithful - Negative Capability
It doesn’t hurt that Marianne is accompanied and produced by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, but she is unquestionably the true star in the room. Her voice has matured into a confident and still heartbreaking, vulnerable instrument. She takes on loneliness, regret, love, life & death as a true poet.
9. Public Practice - Distance is a Mirror
Hands down my favorite live NYC band this year and this 4 track EP is a great way to get your feet wet. While giving a props to the Bush Tetras, Pylon, Talking Heads and others they manage to make it their (post) punky funky own.
10. Pearl Charles - Sleepless Dreamer
I'm ready for a drive down Laurel Canyon with the roof down blasting Pealr Charles on 8-track.