Alabama Shakes, Iris DeMent Make NPR's Favorite Albums of 2012
NPR Music’s list of their favorite albums of 2012 is out today and includes two Southerners. The Alabama Shakes,’ called “Huntsville’s finest little bar band” debut album “Boys and Girls” made the cut, as did Iris DeMent’s “Sing The Delta.” On DeMent, NPR had this to say: “What do people think about in the course of the everyday? Simple things, impossible things: family, death, God, the lifelong process of losing and finding ways home. Iris DeMent writes about these matters in plainspoken songs that are subtler and more universal than her wild Arkansas-bred intonations and old-timey piano may imply.”
Alabama Shakes and Iris DeMent join such notable bands as Cat Power, FUN., Bomba Estereo, Dirty Projectors, Dwight Yoakam, Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, and each album listed has an audio link to a song, making listening easy. Of course, we think The Avett Brothers deserved to make the list this year, but there’s always next time.