July 31, 2008
The albums that end perfectly, summing up everything that's come before, but also peaking with the last track.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, “This is Love”, from Stones in the Road.
Garth Brooks, “Face to Face”, from The Chase.
Wynonna, “Rescue Me”, from What the World Needs Now is Love.
Keith Urban, “Everybody”, from Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing.
Kathy Mattea, “Black Lung”, from Coal.
Trisha Yearwood, “Heart's in Armor”, from Hearts in Armor.
Emmylou Harris, “Cup of Kindness”, from Stumble into Grace.
Alison Krauss & Union Station, “A Living Prayer”, from Lonely Runs Both Ways.
And my favorite, all-time closing track. Dixie Chicks. “Top of the World.” From Home. When the song ended, I said, “Wow. That's the best album I've heard in years.” My friend Charlie said, “Kevin, you say that about every record when it first comes out.” I said, “No, seriously dude. I mean it this time.”
I took a big chunk of the great ones, but there are a lot more out there. What do you think is the best album closer?