Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2001 (10 years later)

Listening to music is, for me, a treasure hunt. The whole journey is worthwhile, with highs and lows, unforgettable discoveries and a whole lot of unremarkable scenery.

What I love most is an album that just keeps opening up, like a house full of secret doors, so that ten years later I’m still enjoying it like it’s brand new.

Here, for example, are ten albums from 2001 that I’m still playing frequently and finding new reasons to appreciate…

With respectful nods to: Lucinda Williams – Essence, Pedro the Lion – The Only Reason I Feel Secure, Eels – Souljacker, Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part, Don Peris – Ten Silver Slide Trombones… here are the top ten:

10. Daniel Amos – Mr. Buechner’s Dream

9. Buddy and Julie Miller – Buddy and Julie Miller

8. Bjork – Vespertine


7. Joe Henry – Scar

6. Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs

5. Radiohead – Amnesiac



4. Over the Rhine – Films for Radio

3. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft

2. Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)


1. Sam Phillips – Fan Dance


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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.