1. Joanna Newsom : Have One on Me
You would think three discs worth of songs about love would make for a tiresome listen, but somehow “Have One On Me” never falls short of captivating. Much of the album’s success is due to Newsom’s growing skill as a storyteller: her tales spring to life with an exuberant array of all sorts of vibrant images—just take a look at the cover art, for example. I love words, and you can tell that Newsom loves them too, but perhaps even more than this, you can tell she loves each and every thing her words represent. And this inevitably brings us back around to the central subject of love: it’s everywhere on this record, proving that there truly is no other subject so manifold, so universal, and so deserving of endless devotion.