Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski
Disappointing year in music for me as well.
3 of my favorite artists released sub-par efforts - Beck, Counting Crows and Ben Harper.
The band that used to be my favorite, G. Love & Special Sauce, released an album that was so bad it was comical. I think I'm done with them. Jack Johnson is another one I used to love but I can't stomach anymore. His style went from beautiful simplicity to just freaking boring and repetitive.
Ryan Adams' new album is good but not great. However, he did re-release an old Whiskeytown album with a bunch of new cuts, unreleased songs and re-recorded stuff. I think that album was the highlight of the year for me, at least in terms of music.
I liked Radiohead's new CD - that was another highlight.
Damien Rice's new album was also very good.
Many have not heard of the guy but, a new artist that emerged this year who is very, very good is Ryan Bingham. Check him out if you're into alt-country (For those who do not know what alt-country is, think of it simply as country music that does not suck with furious passion).
Here's hoping for some better tunes in 2009.
I thought the Ben Harper CD was okay but definitely not his best. I loved the Beck CD and thought the Counting Crows CD was terrible, though. I agree 100% about G. Love & Special Sauce--I wonder what happened to them. I also agree with you on Ryan Adams' newest CD, but I think I liked it a little more than you did. It took some time to grow on me, though. Radiohead's last CD was great, as expected, but I think it came out in 2007. I haven't heard Damien Rice's new CD yet, but I'll check that out and Ryan Bingham out, too.