I sometimes wonder what the people who were first exposed to Johnny Cash via his angsty late-90s output (the “Hurt” video, etc.) think of his super-earnest religious songs.
Personally, I love it all.
I can make no claims to comprehensiveness for my music listening habits–in any given year I hear only a tiny fraction of what gets put out, and only a slightly larger fraction of what taste makers tell me I should like. But for what it’s worth, here are the albums released this year that I found myself enjoying and coming back to most frequently:
Of Monsters and Men, “My Head Is an Animal”
Baroness, “Yellow and Green”
Silversun Pickups, “Neck of the Woods”
Shearwater, “Animal Joy”
Dwight Yoakam, “3 Pears”
Gojira, “L’Enfant Sauvage”
Napalm Death, “Utilitarian”
The Walkmen, “Heaven”
The Sword, “Apocryphon”