Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Best Albums of 2015: Number Four

best albums of 2015

If we were keeping score beyond just who comes in at number 1, this next one would probably win. You see, technically, there are two entries on my list from the leader of this band, though she does not admit it, but check my number 7. But before that album came out, back in April, on a perfectly dreary, rainy day, I reviewed this album for FDRMX (now ppcorn, don't ask). It is Alabama Shakes' Sound and Color and although it's honestly not an album I've listened to too many times since April, it is really just undeniably great.

Honestly, not to toot my own horn or anything, but I really think I nailed it already with my review from April, so go read that here to see why this album is is on my list. A small tease from that review:
"There’s an episode of Louis C.K.’s show, Louie, where after a beautiful, short lived relationship, Louie is depressed and talks to his neighbor, an older, eccentric doctor played by Charles Grodin about how he knew he’d be depressed but he didn’t think it would be this bad. The doctor tells him he’s an idiot because he doesn’t see how lucky he is. He explains that the misery is the best part of love. The pain of missing someone, the ache of that loss that seems to be tearing you apart from the inside with every memory: that’s the goal. The alternative is not caring, not feeling, not knowing love at all, and that is true misery. This idea is present in the beauty of this album and it is why it should be heard in the rain, or in the dark, alone, and silently, absorbing every moment Brittany Howard is laying bare for us with her gut wrenchingly honest vocals."

Bottom line, though, you really should play this in one sitting, uninterrupted. Maybe with a drink and the lights down low. But by the end, you'll feel like you really experienced something special. And for those of you going through a break up, romantic or not, literal or figurative, this is going to be an album you'll want to hear as reassurance that you are not alone.

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