I talked and wrote about him early in 2012, and I was really looking forward to this record. It doesn't disappoint, although I would say that it could use a few more upbeat songs. Like Gary Clark Jr, the Grammys totally slept on Michael Kiwanuka.
my third favorite album of 2010. This one didn't hit me quite as hard, but it's a bummer that it didn't get much attention in the press. Maybe because it's a tribute, and because it's all duets (Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson are all on the album). But it's a really cool album, and has made me want to pick up a Hank Cochran collection.
ZZ Top - La Futura: Why didn't they work with Rick Rubin before this? It's a really really great album, easily their best since Eliminator. The first single, "I Gotsta Get Paid" is a sort of cover of a obscure '90s hip-hop tune by DJ DMD (I'd never heard of him). It doesn't come off gimmicky at all. And it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album. It's such a shame that this didn't get too much lip service this year.
Green Day - Uno, Dos y Tre: Essentially a triple album released in three parts. There's a little bit of fat, but not much. This kind of has everything they do from punk rock raveups to over the top Broadway-like productions to ballads.
they opened for Jack White earlier this year.
it was one of the most underrated albums of the '00s.