Happy holidays! It's the time of year when we look back and that's what we're doing for the next two weeks. This week, we'll look at the 25 best albums and next week, we'll review the 25 best songs.
10. Taking Back Sunday, “Taking Back Sunday” (Warner Bros.): The reunited “Tell All Your Friends”-era lineup delivers the band's hardest anthem “El Paso” and its catchiest single “Faith (When I Let You Down)” within the album's first seven minutes before heading off in various interesting directions.
9. Adele, “21” (Columbia): Yeah, it gets a little sappy in the middle, but “Rolling in the Deep” couldn't be a more stylish kiss-off and the soul-clap sass of “Rumor Has It” will get you through – if you can put the tissues away and take “Someone Like You” off repeat.
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8. Lucinda Williams, “Blessed” (Lost Highway): Married bliss hasn't spoiled her keen, detailed observations (“Don't Know How You're Living”) or blunted her outspoken views (“Soldier's Song.”)
7. Patrick Stump, “Soul Punk” (Island): The former Fall Out Boy frontman recasts himself as Prince circa 1982 with spectacular results.
6. Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light” (Roswell/RCA): “Arlandria” for when you want to rock. “White Limo” for when you want to scream.