Posted at 9:46 AM on July 10, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
"Without a doubt the best so far has been The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists. It's the first new album I've heard this year that won't let me go.... can't get enough of it.... and actually it was a little 'by accident'... my friend, who is totally devoted to them, had an extra ticket and no one to go with him.... so i got to go.... fell instantly in love with everything about that album and it's concept...." - Lisa G.
"I'll second 'The Hazards of Love,' but my pick for the BEST album of the year so far goes to 'Wilco (The Album).' I've been listening to it for a month or so in its various online-streaming incarnations (on the Wilco website and NPR.org), so I've had the benefit of sink-in time, but I think its pretty darn phenomenal. Some top-notch songwriting from Jeff Tweedy, and Wilco may very well be the best BAND around these days, for my money - as in, when they play together, they've got a cohesion, inventiveness, and chemistry that rivals anyone else around." - Ryan H.
"Haven't bought any albums yet this year, but the best hooks playing on The Current these days are Heavy Cross by The Gossip and Ain't No Rest for the Wicked from Cage the Elephant." - Gabe d.