8. Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow
The next four albums I like to call my comfort section. They are artists who have stuck around for much longer than expected and are still making interesting music. Lindsey more than the others has been extraordinarily productive the past few years and Seeds We Sow seems to be the near perfect balance of his soft, closely-mic’ed music and his rock/pop. His guitar work is in its usual glittery perfection, but the songs are very accessible this time around. Songs of love and longing are his forte and don’t lack here with the catchy “In Our Own Time” and the beautifully intense “Stars Are Crazy.” It seems he finally kept some of his best material for his own name instead of using them in a Fleetwood Mac album. Nice change.
Favorite songs: “Illumination,” “Stars Are Crazy,” “When She Comes Down”
7. Blondie – Panic of Girls
Blondie will always hold a special place in my heart. When Captain & Tennille went away, I needed a female-led band to fill the empty void. Debbie Harry and company arrived in beautiful black & white with their third album Parallel Lines just in time to save me from spiraling into musical depression. Here was my first experience with a band who did whatever they wanted in style proven with their Autoamerican album. (Hello, first #1 song with rap anyone?) Thirty-six years into their career and Panic of Girls comes along as an unexpected delicious treat. Many styles are represented here, but all have that flair from a band well seasoned in turning themselves on others’ ears. From the sing-rap of “D-Day” to the surprisingly beautiful No Exit stylings of “China Shoes,” it evident that Blondie are doing this for themselves, but still have that magic that entertains the masses.
Favorite songs: “The End The End,” “Sunday Smile,” “Wipe Off My Sweat”