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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zHgN4zeNTU

7. Joe Henry – Scar

6. Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs

5. Radiohead – Amnesiac

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nllnCnHNmes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J615QNYT7PU

4. Over the Rhine – Films for Radio

3. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft
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2. Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkd5oVVmclQ

1. Sam Phillips – Fan Dance

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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