20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012
Soulful Austin singer-songwriter spills his guts, ticking off too many cigarettes and far too many regrets while a tasteful steel guitar does the actual weeping. Ryan Adams couldn't have done any better.
Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys, Say Yes
As positive as its title, Say Yes brooks no bad thoughts in its relentlessly punchy blend of jazz, rock, funk and R&B. Still, the album is nothing compared to the wallop Adderly & the Vintage Playboys pack live.
Alejandro Escovedo, Big Station
Bruce Springsteen knows, but even people in Texas tend to forget just how much musical DNA Alejandro Escovedo shares with the Boss. Big Station is yet another reminder, a passionate album that is both defiant and inspirational.
Shearwater, Animal Life
Stately, immaculate album from Jonathan Meiburg's Austin crew bridges the gap between --gasp! -- indie-rock and classical hymns. Exquisite and haunting.