Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
This album kept surprising me. I returned to it periodically, throughout the year, and kept finding new and lovely things about it. I fell in love with each song on the album, slowly switching between favorites. Neko Case provides an album that is essentially about the dark side of nature(including human). Between her stunning voice, and her deft lyrical hand, the beauty in the phrase "nature, red in tooth and claw" is showcased. Her backing musicians(which include M. Ward, Howe Gelb and Sarah Harmer) deserve as much acclaim as Ms. Case. The music remains interesting while never distracting from the words being sung. Beautiful album. Absolutely beautiful.
Neko Case - People Got A Lotta Nerve