Hayes released seven singles to streaming services before compiling them in a 7-song EP. He then released two new versions of the collection, one featuring acoustic versions and one featuring live versions of the same songs. He wanted to both give his fans a glimpse of how songs evolve from conception to performance and stretch the boundaries of how country music is distributed. Pretty heady stuff for a then-24 year old.
What are these, the tens? The teens? Did we ever even decide on the best way to describe the last decade? I could never get on board with “the aughts.”
I don’t anticipate any earth-shattering record releases the rest of this year, so this is as good a time as any to look back on the past five and write about my favorite albums of the decade so far.
This album was such an unexpected masterpiece. Adele’s first album (19) was a bore. I liked ‘Chasing Pavements’ well enough but I could barely make it through the rest. What happened in the intervening two years that prepared Adele to write and record such a stunning record?
It’s impressive that Adele dominated the charts, the airwaves and critics’ year-end lists. Usually those things don’t happen at the same time. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time a year’s best-selling album was also its most critically acclaimed.
As much as I’d like to throw out a wild card and not echo the sentiments of countless music critics the world over, I can’t see not putting Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at the top of this list.
I first heard this song performed live on David Letterman nearly a year ago and I knew, when she reached the first chorus, that it would be a monster hit.