The Best Albums of January 2010

  1. Ryan Bingham and Various Artists Crazy Heart [New West 2010]
  2. Vampire WeekendContra [XL 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsDub Like An Antelope – Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  4. SpoonTransference [Merge Records 2010]
  5. SizzlaCrucial Times [VP Records 2010]
  6. Dave Rawlings MachineA Friend Of A Friend [Acony 2009]
  7. Snoop DoggMalice ‘N Wonderland [Capital Records 2009]
  8. Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea [EMI 2010]
  9. Souls of MischiefMontezuma’s Revenge [Hieroglyphics Imperium 2009]
  10. Julian CasablancasPhrazes For The Young [RCA/Jive 2009]
  11. Animal Collective Fall Be Kind EP [Domino 2009]
  12. Two High String Band – Hot Texas Bluegrass Burrito [THSB 2009]
  13. Ray Wylie HubbardA: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) [Bordello 2010]
  14. Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures [Interscope 2009]
  15. Various Artists The Princess And The Frog [Disney 2009]
  16. Young Money We Are Young Money [Cash Money 2009]
  17. Works Progress AdministrationWPA [Signature Sounds 2009]
  18. Chris SmitherTime Stands Still [Signature Sounds 2009]
  19. Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley CosmonautsGirl of the Century [Bloodshot 2010]
  20. Mark E Works 2005 – 2008: Selected Tracks & Edits [Merc 2010]
  21. Lee “Scratch” Perry Alien Starman [Secrets 2009]

The Best Albums of January 2010

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009

The TOP 30 ALBUMS of AUGUST 2009

1. Various ArtistsPecking Old School Young Blood Volume 2 [Pecking 2009]
2. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Records/FiWi Music 2009]
3. Yim YamesTribute To [Rough Trade 2009]
4. Tarrus RileyContagious [VP Records 2009]
5. George Strait Twang [MCA Nashville 2009]
6. Wayne HancockViper of Melody [Bloodshot 2009]
7. Various ArtistsRocksteady: The Roots of Reggae [Moll Selekta Germany 2009]
8. Groundation Here I Am [Young Tree Records 2009]
9. Various Artists Trojan Reggae Chartbusters Volume 1-5 [Trojan 2009]
10. Various ArtistsBeginners Guide to Ska [Nascente 2009]
11. Rebelution Bright Side of Life [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2009]
12. The ImpressionsComplete A- and B-Sides: 1961-1968 [UMC 2009]
13. Tanya Stephens Tanya: Collection of Hits [VP Records 2009]
14. Various Artists Dubwise/Indiscretions: Greensleeves One Drop Rhythms 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
15. Lynn Taitt & the JetsRock Steady Greatest Hits [Federal 2009]
16. Various ArtistsFinest Delivery, Volume 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
17. KRSOne & BuckshotSurvival Skills [Duck Down Records 2009]
18. Amanda Blank I Love You [Downtown Records 2009]
19. TOKOur World [VP Records 2009]
20. 10 Ft Ganja PlantBush Rock [Roit 2009]
21. The Beasties Boys featuring NasToo Many Rappers (12 Inch) [Parlophine 2009]
22. Dead Prez & the Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Pulse of the People [Boss Up/Invasion Music 2009]
23. Sean Paul Imperial Blaze [VP/Atlantic Records 2009]
24. Fort Knox FiveRadio Free DC Remixed [July 2009]
25. Blue Scholars – Oof! (EP) [Duck Down Records 2009]
26. Sly & the RevolutionariesChannel One: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979 [Pressure Sounds 2009]
27. Charlie RobisonBeautiful Day [Dualtone 2009]
28. Maxwell Blacksummer’s Night [Sony 2009]
29. General Steele of Smif N Wessun – Presents… Welcome to Bucktown

Courntey John’s Lucky Man” is the dynamite track for August 2009. “Lucky Man” sounds like vintage lover’s rock reggae. Courtney John’s falsetto voice is smooth, sweet, and beautiful. “From this love there’s no holiday” Courtney John sings “we won’t take a break…no.” All the “special ladies” will dig these new Courtney John tunes. Take for instance the lovely cover of Rose Royce’sI Want To Get Next To You.”

In an indie rock meets classic rock vein, on a new EP release Tribute To George Harrison, Jim James (Yim Yames) of My Morning Jacket covers some of Harrison’s greatest songs, including “My Sweet Lord” and “All Things Must Pass.”

Some heavy hitters in the music industry made the charts this month, including Texan country music artist George Strait and Jamaican superstar Tarrus Riley. Both superstars pick enduring songs that capture the spirit of the land and its people. George Strait’s Twang as the title indicates swings with twangy vocals, fiddles, and steel guitars, making a classic Texas country sound. From the Jamaican perspective Tarrus Riley brings together a wide variety of reggae forms, such as dancehall, lover’s rock, and roots reggae, putting together a creative album with a sweet Jamaican vibe.

The popular dancehall performer, Sean Paul, dropped his new album Imperial Blaze with dance-friendly new singles like “So Fine” and “Press It Up.” T.O.K.’s new album Our World features the tracks “Guardian Angel” and “Couple Up,” which make for fun danehall music.

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009