20. GLEN HANSARD - THIS WILD WILLING
I have argued with myself about this record all year. At times it was not on the list at all and at one stage it was top 10. 20 seems the right place for a record that had me in its John Martyn Small Hours-like moments... but at other times...
19. LEONARD COHEN - THANKS FOR THE DANCE
Put lovingly together by his son after Leonard passed away, Cohen's voice gives that poetic authority over the profane and very sacred...
18. VAN MORRISON - THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH
Personally, even without Dana Masters amazing backing vocals, this was as strong a collection of songs as Van has done for a long number of years...
17. ELBOW - GIANTS OF ALL SIZES
Guy Garvey gives a few opinions of the giants oppressing our hearts and land... and does so with that poetic flair...
16 JOSH RITTER - FEVER BREAKS
Ritter teams up with Jason Isbell and though louder it is no less literary...
15. ALLISON MOORER - BLOOD
Companion record to her memoir about her dad shooting her mum and himself when she was 14... an album of some substance... Producer Kenny Greenberg gets the very best out of her writing...
14. PIERCE PETTIS - FATHER'S SON
Much to my excitement I discovered Pierce's first album in 10 years by chance at year's end... his usual poetry, spirituality and guitar genius enhanced by some neat fiddle... and that warm gracious voice... worth the wait!
13. ROBBIE ROBERTSON - SINEMATIC
This one nearly got passed me but Gar Saeger saved me from my bereftness. Robertson at his very best with Van Morrison and Glen Hansard as guests... Van even does the De Niro part!!!
12. MICHAEL KINAWAKU - KINAWUKA
Kiwanuka arts up his rock and soul heart and... er... soul on an electric mix of all kinds of sounds... for me it is Donny Hathaway all mixed up with Curtis Mayfield and then some!
11. BUDDY & JULIE MILLER - BREAKDOWN ON 20TH AVENUE SOUTH
This took me a while, just like Julie's rock drawl but once it kicked in it really kicked in... depths of poetry and soul in riffs and grooves