Thursday, January 14, 2016

15* Favorite Country* Albums from 2015

Preparing for this blog has renewed my commitment to listen to each album I get right when I get it. I don't know about y'all, but I'm actually pretty bad about that. Unless it's an album I've been really looking forward to, there's a very good chance that I'll hold off on listening to it. I don't know why I do it, but I do. Which is okay, so far as it goes - until you decide to make a best of 2015 list, but can't until you go through and listen to all of them. That's right. These past couple of weeks, I've been going through and listening to every album and EP that I got in 2015. I don't recommend doing this. Especially when it involves roughly 80 full-length albums and over 40 EPs. 1,360 songs total, according to the iTunes playlist I created. Yep. I repeat: I do not recommend doing this.

Now, I've been reading a bunch of these kinds of lists and just about all of them focus on one kind of country music only. Like mainstream popular country or Texas country. There's lists of the best alternative country albums and the best bluegrass albums. I'm one who appreciates different styles and sub-genres of country music. Hence, the * attached to Country in the title. So I decided to throw them all together and pick the ones I liked the best, regardless of sub-genre. This was not an easy feat. The truth is that I genuinely liked most of the albums and EPs I got last year. As such, I had to be brutal. There's albums I loved that didn't make the final cut. Ultimately, it was a question of which ones made the most impact. Be it lyrically, musically, emotionally or whatever else. Some of these made it on other best of lists; others didn't, at least as far as I've seen. Worth keeping in mind that all of these lists are pretty subjective and should be taken with a grain of salt. This list consists entirely of full-length albums; there might be a separate post for my favorite EPs coming down the road. For now, we're going on a bit of a musical journey here. This list covers some ground. I believe that there is at least one album on here for everyone. Maybe even more than that. Now I would say that I enjoy every album on here pretty equally which made ranking them difficult. So difficult, in fact, that I decided to just list them alphabetically by first name. 

 Let's get started.