10. PRISONER by RYAN ADAMS
One of our best living singer songwriters does it again.
IF YOU LIKE THIS TRY: HEART-SHAPED MOUNTAIN by HA HA TONKA
9. YEAR OF THE SNAKE by FUCKED UP (EP)
*BEST EP OF THE YEAR*
*BEST PSYCH-ROCK OF THE YEAR*
Just three bucks gets you one of the most phenomenal pieces of music of the year.
8. CITY MUSIC by KEVIN MORBY
*BEST MALE FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR*
This has been a good year for lyrics. Look at the albums on the top 10. They’re all remarkably deep and poetic. Who says the Twitter generation can’t be articulate? But don’t miss Morby’s incredible guitarwork.
7. NOT DARK YET by ALLISON MOORER AND SHELBY LYNNE
BEST COVERS PROJECT OF THE YEAR!
Yeah, I coulda (maybe shoulda?) put this on my covers list, but there’s one original song here, too. And this album is simply too good not to put in my top 10.
IF YOU LIKE THIS TRY: THE EAST LANSING SESSIONS by HALO CIRCUS.
6. LAILA’S WISDOM by RAPSODY
*BEST FEMALE RAPPER OF THE YEAR*
Wow. That’s it, just Wow. She’s not just the best female rapper of the year, she’s the second-best rapper, period.
IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY: HERSTORY by YOUNG M.A. (hip hop)
Yeah, Ooouuu is here as a bonus track, but you’d be making a mistake to write her off as a one-hit wonder. Witty lyrics and a tough delivery show the promise of this new rapper.