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Year In Review: Razor X’s Top 10 Albums of 2009

I spent a lot of time in 2009 adding to my collection a lot of boxed sets and classic country albums that I’d overlooked when they first came out. There wasn’t a whole lot of new music to get excited about this year, but here is the best I came across in 2009:

10. The Rose HotelRobert Earl Keen (Lost Highway)
The latter part of 2009 has found me in a decidedly Americana mood, fueled by an ever-increasing dissatisfaction with the mainstream. Part rock, part country with a lot of excellent banjo playing and excellent songwriting throughout. A nice change of pace.

9. Brothers From Different MothersDailey & Vincent (Rounder)
The sophomore effort from these bluegrass virtuosos does not disappoint. Even people who don’t normally listen to bluegrass should give this one a try; they may find that they are pleasantly surprised.

8. Destination LifeRhonda Vincent (Rounder)
An interesting blend of contemporary bluegrass and acoustic country from one of the best and most underrated female voices in country music. Occasional Hope reviewed this album in July.

7. Twang George Strait (MCA)
I’ve never met a George Strait album that I didn’t like. Interestingly, this is the only mainstream major label release on my list. I don’t rate it quite as high as some of his earlier efforts, but it’s still a solid, enjoyable album. Read my review from August.

6. My Turn Tanya Tucker (Saguaro Road)
It was great to hear Tanya again after a lengthy break. I hope to hear an album of all-new material from her soon. Read my review from June.

5. The ListRosanne Cash (EMI Manhattan)
The best of this year’s covers albums. A pleasant surprise that I didn’t expect to like nearly as much as I did. This is easily Rosanne’s best album since 1987’s King’s Record Shop.

4. A Taste Of The TruthGene Watson (Shanachie)
The long awaited return of one of country music’s most underrated singers. It was highly recommended by Occasional Hope when she reviewed it in August.

3. Mister Purified CountryShane Worley (Country Discovery)
I discovered this artist thanks to my colleague Occasional Hope, who reviewed this album in September. Pure, unadulterated and unapologetic country music.

2. Bigger HandsJohn Anderson (Country Crossing)
A very enjoyable album that reminds me of what mainstream country was like not too long ago. John Anderson is an artist that I rediscovered this year. Read Occasional Hope’s review of this album from July.

1. Mountain Soul IIPatty Loveless (Saguaro Road)
Hands down the best album of 2009 from the last of the true country singers, and a great antidote to all the 80s pop/rock music masquerading as country. Read my review from September.

9 responses to “Year In Review: Razor X’s Top 10 Albums of 2009

  1. Steve from Boston December 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Awesome, great list and write ups, especially the top spot. 😉

  2. Lep December 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Great picks all around, but I have to admit that as a huge John Anderson fan, I was a tad disappointed with Bigger Hands. Love the snark in the Patty Loveless description!

    It’s pretty criminal that I still don’t own Mountain Soul II yet… can’t wait to pick that one up.

  3. Grasscutter December 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Gene Watson’s A TASTE OF THE TRUTH is without a doubt the BEST album of the year!! His voice is still outstanding and cannot be beat!!

    • norita olsson December 12, 2009 at 12:11 am

      GC. I totally agree!! It would be terrific if he was #1! His new cd is fantastic & he is so deserving. He is so appreciative of his fans. He is the best!

  4. Drew December 11, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Good list, I always like seeing what you think as I find we have pretty similar tastes, plus you seem like a stand-up guy, haha.

    I loved the first Mountain Soul, but wasn’t a huge fan of the second one. I mean I still think it could easily go on this list somewhere, and the vocals are top notch, but I just wasn’t into it as much as the first one.

    I’d also swap the two bluegrass albums rankings… D&V are just awesome to me. I still haven’t gotten around to Anderson’s newest and the Gene Watson album, but I’ll try to this weekend, as I’ve got copies of them, but haven’t found the time.

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  6. bliss January 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    my favorite for the past few years has been….

    Free and Easy Down the Road I Go – by Dierks Bentley

    whenever i play that song…which is a lot, its a reminder of life, the little things and how short it is….so have some fun! don’t worry about the little things! enjoy your life, family and friends! do something positive for someone else!

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