The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012

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1. Iris DeMent
Sing the Delta
Your heart plumping up in your chest. On her first album of originals in 16 years, Iris DeMent stirs such feeling again and again, once even while singing of it happening to her. Over the snaking jangle of her own Pentecostal piano, she sings of having to pull the car over while listening to Aretha Franklin singing gospel, just the kind of thing that can happen if you attend closely to Sing the Delta, a subtle, rewarding record I am not at all hesitant to call a masterpiece. It's the result of a lifetime of thinking, feeling, and singing, wise and gently propulsive, that piano the current that tugs us from one insight or beyond-words feeling to the next.

If Aretha's voice is a monument, Dement's is like some cracked but beautiful piece of pottery, something you live with and come to treasure. And her faith, unlike Aretha's, isn't mighty. Through these twelve remarkable songs, Dement admits she's not sure she believes in God, recounts the tragedy that taught her not to count on prayer, and encourages us to see heaven in the here and now. This collection is itself evidence that there's something to that.

Number of Songs I Can't Stand: 0

Lyric That Proves It's Actually Country: "The truth can be the difference between swimming and sinking/ I thank my mama for telling me her truth"
Highlights: The bluesy lilt is new to DeMent's too-small catalog, as is the rich thematic consistency. Earlier, I gushed that Carrie Underwood's "Two Cadillacs" was a song Elvis would have relished digging into; DeMent's jubilant passing-to-the-other-side hymn "Go On Ahead and Go Home" is another, but this he couldn't have got through without bawling.

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22 comments
Mouckarena
Mouckarena

@rawhidevelvet @wadebowen I'd hardly put "Saturday Night" in the same category with any songs containing the words parking lot in the title.

IndySkyMusic
IndySkyMusic

@rawhidevelvet @wadebowen I thought this was just in our paper! Guess it's syndicated. It's obvious that he didn't even listen. So annoying.

maureen1165
maureen1165

@rawhidevelvet @WadeBowen obvious by his "singers singing abt real lives" that he never listened 2 When These Walls Were Blue. #realenuf4u

seankellyk101
seankellyk101

@rawhidevelvet Agreed. Read that and thought "Huh?" @WadeBowen

rawhidevelvet
rawhidevelvet

@seankellyk101 I don't think the writer even heard Wade's song...it's kind of the anti party song.

jordannosparks_
jordannosparks_

@JusticeChrist_ little big town @ #10, carrie @ #4 & kellie @ #2!, let me find her album like ASAP!.

jordannosparks_
jordannosparks_

@JusticeChrist_ little big town @ #10, carrie @ #4 & kellie @ #2!, let me find her album and listen to it ASAP!.

jordannosparks_
jordannosparks_

@JusticeChrist_ carrie @ #4 & kellie @ #2!, let me find her album and listen to it ASAP!.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

Nice list, props for your take on Iris and Dwight. And that line about the gym and protein shakes? Bullseye.

johnvelghe
johnvelghe

@davidhudnall "this is my newest single. It's called 'My Trainer Left Me Broker Than a China Doll'"

k_ristina_
k_ristina_

@VoiceStreet people knock country way too often , I feel like most people don't even give it a chance before they judge

AlyMae
AlyMae

@IndySkyMusic @rawhidevelvet @wadebowen makes my blood boil. It only takes a listen to realize the true context, absolutely lazy writing.

rawhidevelvet
rawhidevelvet

@seankellyk101 @WadeBowen well a shout out is still a shout out I guess.

WadeBowen
WadeBowen

@rawhidevelvet @seankellyk101 I guess

IndySkyMusic
IndySkyMusic

@AlyMae @citypages @blackberrysmoke of course! Those were just 3.

AlyMae
AlyMae

@IndySkyMusic @citypages what about @blackberrysmoke's Whippoorwill? Gould be added to the list

IndySkyMusic
IndySkyMusic

@AlyMae I replied to the @citypages post of this article on fb and told them they were missing @johnrfullbright @TpTroubadours & @jasoneady.

AlyMae
AlyMae

@IndySkyMusic my guess looking for an additional beer drinking example and found it on a list of 2012 released singles

WadeBowen
WadeBowen

@rawhidevelvet @seankellyk101 Hahahahahaha

rawhidevelvet
rawhidevelvet

@WadeBowen @seankellyk101 want me to be mean to him and call him a twatwaffle or something, cause I totally will. #keyboardterrorist

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