By Robert Christgau
In which two bands with albums in my top 25 of the '00s achieve major-label distribution and Honorable Mention shortfall simultaneously. Sometimes this job can break your heart. In which two country coots even older than me, one gone and one hanging in there, release albums that should make anyone grateful to be alive. Sometimes this job can brace your heart.
Table of Contents
- Balkan Beat Box: 'Blue Eyed Black Boy'
- 'Beatles Beginnings'
- Johnny Cash: 'American VI: Ain't No Grave'
- Cornershop: 'Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast'
- Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip: 'The Logic of Chance'
- Merle Haggard: 'I Am What I Am'
- MC Esoteric: 'Saving Seamus Ryan'
- Quasi: 'American Gong'
- Surfer Blood: 'Astro Coast'
- Honorable Mentions: Drive-By Truckers, Broken Bells and More
- Choice Cuts: Gorillaz and More
- Dud of the Month: MGMT's "Congratulations"
- More Duds: Jakob Dylan and More