Before we delve into this, I should mention that one of my resolutions for 2015 is to not listen to music on shuffle anymore. I've abused the shuffle to such a large extent that I'm not sure that I can say I've listened to any album front-to-back. So this probably isn't the fairest assessment. But I do these every year, so I'm doing it again this year.
- Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes - Okay, I've listened to this one beginning to end on multiple occasions. I just think it's great. Folk music with some New Orleans influences and other genres mixed in there too. Nothing new here. Just great songs all the way through. Perfect music for sitting outside and drinking. Or pretty much everything else.
- Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence - I like what Lana Del Rey is selling. I know that many people don't. For those of us who like her, this was more of the same. For those who don't like her, I'm sure this didn't change any minds.
- Conner Oberst - Upside Down Mountain - at this point I'm just listing albums I actually listened to more than once. I liked this. It was his best album since like 2005. It made me happy to no longer sing about spiritual stuff.
- First Aid Kit - thus endeth the list of albums that I spent any amount of time with last year. This was good. Not great, but a few high points.