Back in August, we previewed several albums that would be headed our way in the coming months that we were especially looking forward to. Of course, it's impossible to list everything, and something always comes along that wasn't on our radar immediately, but catches our ears in a big way. This happened several times last month, and nothing makes us happier! Here's a few of our favorite albums from September.
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Angel Olsen has collaborated in the past with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and others, and her 2014 solo debut was well-reviewed, but My Woman appears to be her breakout record. In retrospect, this is the most obvious omission from our original list: My Woman is one of the year's best, and will no doubt appear on many critic's lists in December.
Flock of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes
Jenn Wasner has had a busy year: her band Wye Oak released a collection of outtakes, and now we have the first full-length release from Flock Of Dimes, Wasner's long-time solo project. There's a lot going on here, both musically and lyrically, but it's a very inviting record that you'll enjoy spending a lot of time with.
Local Natives - Sunlit Youth
The third album from the California band Local Natives is full of great harmonies, strong melodies and huge choruses. The album was recorded in a variety of locations - Hawaii, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Ojai and Thailand - and it comes through in their music. Local Natives are well on their way to crafting a sound that's all their own.
Teenage Fanclub - Here
The Scottish band Teenage Fanclub seemed destined to spend eternity as a trivia question answer when Spin magazine named their album Bandwagonesque the best record of 1991...just ahead of the landmark Nirvana album Nevermind. The truth is, Teenage Fanclub has been steadily putting out records for over 25 years, although they've only released two since 2005: Shadows, which came out in 2010, and this year's Here.
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad
And now for something completely different. Billy Bragg and Joe Henry are two songwriters who are no strangers to collaborations, and Henry is one the more accomplished producers in the business. This album is a collection of classic American train songs that were recorded live at train stations during a four-day train ride between Chicago and Los Angeles. This is one of the more curious albums of the year, and it seems like something only Bragg and Henry would have come up with.