Bentley's Bandstand / Haiku Reviews / Best of 2018 (Second Half)

January 8, 2019

This year once again showed the ultimate test of longevity: great music never stops. It keeps coming like the wind and the waves. So here is this year's list of favorite albums, starting with the first half of 2018 posted in July's Bentley's Bandstand: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Downey to Lubbock; Niki Bluhm, To Rise You Gotta Fall; David Byrne, American Utopia; Joachim Cooder, Fuchsia Machu Picchu; Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son; Lamont Dozier, Reimagination; Beth McKee, dreamwood acres; John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness; Sons of Kemet, Your Queen is a Reptile; Walter Wolfman Washington, My Future is My Past. Reissue: Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at Zardi's. Now on to the second half of this very fine, fine year for music. 



Brandi Carlile, By the Way I Forgive You 


From out of Nashville 

2018's masterpiece 

"Whatever You Do" 




Erin Costelo, Sweet Marie 


Blue-eyed soul chanteuse 

From up north Nova Scotia 

Down to Memphis grooves 




Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Look Now 


Forty years and still 

Covering the waterfront 

Always finding more 




Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio, The Crossing 


Wandering wonder 

And Italian rock & roll 

Alejandro nights 




Dawn Landes, Meet Me at the River 



A hybrid waiting to be 

A new star arrives 




Jose James, Lean on Me 


Bill Withers lives on 

Inside Jose James smooth groove 

Proving great stays great 




Greg Laswell, Next Time 



And ready for take-off now 

From out of left field 




Graham Parker, Cloud Symbols 


Soul shoes on his feet 

A terror from London's streets 

Lives to tell the tale 




Boz Scaggs, Out of the Blues 


A voice on its own 

A spirit to spark the world 

True forever blue 




Jeff Tweedy, Warm 


Uncle Wilco's man 

Opens the door to his heart 

And stands for glory 


Box Set of the Year



Various Artists, Stax '68: A Memphis Story 


Memphis soul central 

926 East McLemore 

Burning down the house 


Reissue of the Year 


Grateful Dead, Anthem of the Sun 


Lysergiced neurons 

Snapping to new world order 

Where Furthur awaits 


Song of the Year 


Arthur Buck, “Are You Electrified?” 


Joseph and Peter 

Send a message of new hope 

To wake us all up







Bill Bentley © 2019


Bill Bentley was the music writer and typesetter for the original Austin Sun. His book SMITHSONIAN ROCK & ROLL: LIVE AND UNSEEN was published by Smithsonian Books, October 2017.


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