From PopMatters: The Best Country Music of 2011

PopMatters Top 10 Country 2011

Year of the Album — #049
Girls Guns and Glory – “Sweet Nothings” (2011, Lonesome Day Records)

Girls Guns and Glory’s Sweet Nothings showcases an alt-country band coming firmly into its own at long last, a worthy album to push the band closer to mainstream acceptance. Read the review I wrote of the album on July 23, 2011 here at “Hear! Hear!”

Year of the Album — #087
Dolly Parton – “Better Day” (2011, Dolly Records)

Better Day isn’t a comeback, because Dolly Parton’s never gone anywhere and she’s not apologizing for that. Rather, this is a statement that she’s heading into her sixth decade as a recording artist while showing no signs of falling off artistically. That’s more than enough reason to stand up and cheer.

Year of the Album — #088
Pistol Annies – “Hell On Heels” (2011, Sony Nashville)

This auspicious debut for the country supergroup proves wholeheartedly that this trio, and in particular Lambert, have the talent, drive, and darkness-tinged wit to completely own the country scene in 2011 and beyond. This is country music like nothing else recorded this year.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take part in the voting, and then writing, for the PopMatters Top 10 Country Albums of 2011 list, and the music — despite a downturn in “major tier” country releases, proved to be exceptional. It’s nice to see a band like Girls Guns and Glory make the list among country legends like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell. To read the full article, click the link above and check it out at its source … I don’t want to reprint the whole thing here, since a quick visit to PopMatters is liable to get you hooked on the rest of their end of year coverage and the constant stream of new reviews and commentary. Enjoy!

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