10. Jay-Z Blueprint 3: Jay-Z comes out of retirement a second time and delivers a solid effort. It’s not Blueprint 2 but “Empire State of Mind” is worth the price of the album alone.
9. Norah Jones The Fall: I don’t care what some of the internet trolls think; Norah Jones is the real deal. She grows up on The Fall and delivers her most mature album to date. There’s no sunshine on this record and that’s a good thing.
8. Nirvana Live At Reading: Sometimes I need a reminder of why Nirvana was so important to music. This came at a good time. A popular bootleg gets released on CD/DVD at the peak of Nirvana’s career. Classic live album.
7. Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young: Strokes lead singer follows his band mates and goes solo. The result is fresh and slightly experimental record with some great tracks on it (see “Out of the Blue” & “11th Dimension”).