Our Critics' Year-End Top Ten: Darryl Smyers Turns Things Down A Notch And Screams About The Walkmen's Lisbon
Noted Widespread Panic hater Darryl Smyers usually likes his music fast and loud. But, this year, he champions a record that finds a band slowing itself down a bit.
10. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1
9. Shinyribs - Well After Awhile
8. Raul Malo - Sinners & Saints
7. Peter Case - Wig!
6. Richard Thompson - Dream Attic
5. Seabear - We Build a Fire
4. Wolf Parade - Expo 86
3. Tommy Keene - You Hear Me, A Retrospective
Yeah, I know that it's kind of cheating to include a compilation album, but much of this double-disc set has been criminally out of print for decades. And it includes 41 power pop gems from a guy everyone should know.
2. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
The new Dylan comes from Sweden? Damn right, he does. And his name is Kristian Matsson.
1. The Walkmen - Lisbon
My favorite band pulls back on the throttle and makes a quietly beautiful masterpiece. For better and worse, Lisbon is the most listenable record The Walkmen have ever made.