December 13, 2007
‘Tis the season. With just about every 2007 release already in the marketplace, best-of lists have begun to roll in. Who doesn’t love these things?
True to their organized form, The 9513 has their Top Ten Country Albums of 2007 list up already, when I haven’t even started mine yet. Way to make me feel lazy, guys!
They pick some good albums, including some that I haven’t heard. Trisha Yearwood can be found at #1:
1. Heaven, Heartache, And The Power Of Love, Trisha Yearwood
With Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, Mrs. Garth Brooks reasserted herself as a country powerhouse, delivering a string of captivating vocal performances over a core of wonderfully crafted, musically diverse songs. While most of her female contemporaries tried to find their niche market (and thus, their niche musical approach) in 2007, Yearwood’s 10th studio album shattered expectations by successfully drawing from many of the genre’s root influences. Western, Blues, Americana, this album brought them all together under the big-tent of country music, and the result was a rich, textured album that will be remembered and listened to for years to come. — Jim Malec
After checking out their consensus list, be sure to read the individual lists of each staff writer. Matt C’s list is a wonder, given that every album on it that I’ve heard is a contender for my year-end list. Now I have to listen to those I haven’t heard to make sure I’m not missing something great!
Also out now is the Rolling Stone annual list of the year’s best songs. There are three country entries, with Miranda Lambert the highest at #28:
28 “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
The title cut from the best country album of the year, this single found Lambert pushing the role of the rowdy Nashville lass to new extremes. Over bar-band stomp, Lambert narrates a rage-fueled encounter with her ex’s new girl, and both her big chorus and slice-of-life story are long on raucous energy and entertainment value.