10) Air Review - Low Wishes
Each year, whenever I hear a great record, I place a song in a playlist called “Best of the year- contenders.” Air Review, with their January 29 release, “Low Wishes,” was the first track in that playlist all year. Many other songs come and go from the playlist as my tastes become more fickle, but this quintet out of Dallas made an album that I just kept coming back to. Just slightly reminiscent of the Gotye album from a couple of years ago - Air Review mixes catchy vocal hooks, prominent drum beats, and music predominated by whole notes. It’s mellow, but driving at the same time. But the hooks are what kept me coming back all year.
Watch ‘America’s Son’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EVc5r-r7-c
9)Jim Bianco - Cookie Cutter
Jim Bianco wrote songs about people who helped to fund this album. …