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25 Albums (since 2000) you should own

Greetings music lovers,

 Today’s blog is a monthly continuation of 25 albums you should own and has the following parameters:

  • Album must have been recorded/released in or after to 2000
  • No duplication of artist
  • No live albums or greatest hits (kind of an all encompassing copout to include either)
  • Listing of my favorite track from said album (This is not so much a parameter but a mere bonus for your reading pleasure)

 Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album Song
State Radio Us Against The Crown Camilo
Amos Lee Last Days At the Lodge What’s Been Going On
Brett Dennen So Much More Ain’t No Reason
The Black Crowes Before the Frost Appaloosa
Bob Dylan Modern Times Thunder on the Mountain
Beck The Information Strange Apparition
Ben Harper & The Relentless 7 White Lies for Dark Times Faithfully Remain
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Flume
Corrine Bailey Rae Corrine Bailey Rae Seasons Change
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild Society
Erin Ivey The 11th Floor Chocolate
Foo Fighters In Your Honor Another Round
The Hold Steady Stay Positive Lord, I’m Discouraged
James McMurtry Childish Things We Can’t Make It Here
Josh Ritter The Animal Years Girl In the War
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Warrior
Zac Brown Band The Foundation Highway 20 Ride
William Fitzsimmons Until When We Are Ghosts Passion Play
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance
TV On the Radio Dear Science Halfway Home
Tom Petty Highway Companion Square One
Spoon Transference Nobody Gets Me But You
Slaid Cleaves Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away Beautiful Thing
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead Money
Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight Silver Lining
Ray LaMontagne Trouble Jolene

 So, there you have it, another list of musical bliss.  Take your time, check them out and let me know what you think.

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen is something of a pop/folk artist. Brett’s impressive inflections are the focal point of his music.  His voice has a youthful timbre but is deceptively soulful.  His debut album is a bit more bright and playful than the rest of his work.  Through poetic lyrics he addresses numerous sociopolitical issues such as poverty, child labor, war, disasters, and the dark side of politics.  The thought provoking lyrics are gently delivered through his warm, dulcet vocals. 

 In concert, Dennen is a comically energetic stage present who never stops dancing.  Standing 6’5” tall with a shock of red hair, his physical presence does not seem in line with his vocal prowess.  He sings his songs in such a manner that he pulls the audience in to them.  In addition to his musical ventures, he is involved in the “The Mosaic Project”.

 The Mosaic Project embodies the most important work to be done today. Too often we burden our youth with the responsibility of fixing our mistakes. The Mosaic Project empowers children to create peace now, build communities across differences, and break down stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.  (Info from Brett’s website) 

 It sounds like a really worthwhile endeavor but based on the information that I was able to gleam from the website, I am not completely sure what they do.  So, if you know, please let me know.

 Brett Dennen Discography

  • Brett Dennen
  • So Much More
  • Hope for the Hopeless
  • Peace (EP)

 Top 5 Brett Dennen Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  Ain’t No Reason (So Much More)
  2. So Much More (So Much More)
  3. Make You Crazy (Hope for the Hopeless)
  4. I Asked When (So Much More)
  5. Closer to You (Hope for the Hopeless)

 Check out Brett Dennen and let me know what you think.

 Brett Dennen’s music is available on iTunes, CD Baby, some record stores and www.brettdennen.com and www.brettdennen.net

   Great music awaits!