Well, it is getting close to the end of the year 2001 so I thought it would be a good time to post some Top Albums of The Year lists. Some pretty good stuff released in 2001. Here is my Top "10" for 2001: 1. Bob Dylan--"Love And Theft"...What needs to be said about the latest from Mr. Dylan. Simply the most essential album release of the year. 2. Jay Farrar--Sebastopol...This one was kind of a surprise. I didn't quite know what to expect from the solo debut of the ex front man for Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo, but upon hearing it I was blown away. Extremely highly recommended! 3. Travis--The Invisible Band...I must admit this one didn't quite click with me right away. But after several listens I was into it big time. A more solid effort overall than their previous album (The Man Who), The Invisible Band makes notice that Travis is not just a flash in the pan. 4. Lucinda Williams--Essence...Her album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road was on many critics "best of" list for the year 1998 and she returns in 2001 with perhaps the equal to that outstanding album. 5. Ryan Adams--Gold...This guy is amazing. One of the most prolific songwriters working today, he is said to have inspired Elton John "to do better" (which resulted in Elton's best album in years in Songs From The West Coast). Adams released two solo albums within a year and both are outstanding. Gold is all over the place as far as musical styles go, from pop to country to blues, which makes for an interesting listening experience. 6. Neil Finn--One Nil...Being a Crowded House fan from way back I look forward to any new release from Neil Finn. And One Nil does not disappoint. Finn harkens back to his Crowded House days with this release, with some of his best stuff in a number of years. 7. Pernice Brothers--The World Won't End...Joe Pernice is apparently incapable of releasing a poor album. Whether it be a solo album (Big Tobacco), a side project (Chappaquidick Skyline), or with his main band, you can count on Joe Pernice providing you with his trademark "glass is half empty", gloomy outlook on the world lyrics backed up with some of the most gorgeous melodies you will here anywhere. Perhaps it is that contrast that makes his music so appealing. 8. Vigilantes Of Love--Summershine...Summershine shows Bill Mallonee and band at their "poppy" best. This one is chock full of great tunes. Mallonee is one of the most passionate songwriters around today. 9. Old 97's--Satellite Rides...Simply put, just a great pop/rock record from the formerly honky tonk, alt-country band from Texas. 10.1 Pete Yorn--Musicforthemorningafter...One of the better debut releases of the last several years. Definitely good enough to slip into my Top 10 of the year. 10.2 The Elms--Big Surprise...Outstanding, infectious pop music from a Christian band!? You better believe it! With sort of a Brit pop feel to it, this is one heck of an album that seemed to come out of nowhere. With maybe the best opening track ("Hey, Hey") since "Don't Forget Your Man" from At Home With Cherry Twister or "Keeping The Sparks" from The Waxwings' Low To The Ground. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 10.3 The Supers--Spklanng!...Talk about infectious, catchy pop music. This one has it in spades! Maybe the best Canadian band since Sloan. OK...so I cheated and slipped 12 into my Top 10! Who's counting. One album would have made my Top 10, probably somewhere around #6, if it had been released in 2001 like it should have been: Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It should make my Top 10 for 2002. I'm interested to read others Top Albums of 2001. Have at it!