Top Ranking Albums of 2010

The Top Ranking Albums of 2010
  1. Damian Marley & NasDistant Relatives [Universal Republic Records 2010]
  2. AlborosieEscape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion [Greensleeves 2010]
  3. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song [Mercury 2010]
  4. The Gorillaz – Plastic Beach [Virgin 2010]
  5. Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture [Boom Tunes 2010]
  6. Broken Bells – Broken Bells [Sony 2010]
  7. Gyptian – Hold You [VP Records 2010]
  8. Prince Fatty – Supersize [Mr Bongo 2010]
  9. Alejandro Escovedo – Street Songs Of Love [Fantasy 2010]
  10. Romain Virgo – Romain Virgo [VP Records 2010]
  11. Kings Go Forth – The Outsiders Are Back [Luaka Bop 2010]
  12. David Rodigan – FabricLive 54 [Fabric 2010]
  13. Vampire Weekend – Contra [XL 2010]
  14. Various Artists – Dub Like An Antelope – Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  15. Michael Franti and SpearheadThe Sound Of Sunshine [Boo Boo Wax 2010]
  16. Robert Plant – Band of Joy [New Rounder 2010]
  17. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  18. Merle Haggard – I Am What I Am [Vanguard Records 2010]
  19. Spoon – Transference [Merge Records 2010]
  20. Sleigh Bells – Treats [Mom & Pop Music 2010]
Top Ranking Albums of 2010

JamTex Top 10 for July 2008

July 2008
1. DubmatixRenegade Rocker [Dubmatrix 2008]
2. Hayes CarllTrouble In Mind [Lost Highway 2008]
3. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2008 [VP Records 2008]
4. Willie NelsonOne Hell of a Ride [Box Set] [Sony 2008]
5. Joe Ely and Joel Guzman – Live Cactus [Rack’em Records 2008]
6. Alejandro Escovedo Real Animal [Back Porch Records 2008]
7. DJ Yoda Fabriclive 39 [Fabric 2008]
8. Ryan Bingham Mescalito [Lost Highway 2007]
9. EtanaThe Strong One [VP Records 2008]
10. Various Artist Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2008 [Greensleeves 2008]

Dubmatix‘s new album Renegade Rockers offers some true gems with classic dancehall don Pinchers and rocksteady veteran Alton Ellis laying down superb tracks with the Canadian dubmaster. Lining up sensational reggae vocalist like Willi Williams, Linval Thompson, and Ranking Joe, Dubmatix has produced dynamite soundscapes to be played loudly in the hot Texas heat.

Hayes Carll‘s “She Left for Jesus” from his new album Trouble in Mind is the best country song of the year if not the decade. Witty, humorous, and delightfully sounding Hayes Carll embodies the best of roots music.

VP’s Reggae Gold 2008 compiled some of the hottest reggae coming out of the Caribbean, including Mavado, Beenie Man, Bugle, Richie Spice, and Collie Buddz. Syren Hall‘s “Sombody Come Get Me” and Tarrus Riley‘s “Ease Off” play like smooth roots reggae. The compilation contains burning dancehall anthems, such as Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley‘s “The Mission.” YT‘s “Champion Sound” kills the competition, dropping bombs and crazy bass.

For a trek across New Mexico and Arizona and onto the old casinos of downtown Las Vegas, the sounds of Joe Ely and Joel Guzman‘s new album Live Cactus framed a passing desert landscape. And where eventually the desert plain gave way to mad rapids on the swollen Colorado River rampaging down the truly grand canyons of the American Southwest.

JamTex Top 10 for July 2008