Monday, February 15, 2010

Monster & Minstrel

Ahmond is an indie kid's dream – a Sufjan Stevens/Andrew Bird-esque singer-songwriter that self produces his albums and isn't too famous to pretend you don't like. If he garners the critical acclaim that artists similar to him have recently, he'll soon be the guy everyone liked before he “made it big”.

Jackie Ryan, "Best of Love Songs"

Jackie Ryan
Best of Love Songs

I didn't glance at the album title of Jackie Ryan's newest album before I started listening to it, and after the third or fourth song, I was convinced that it was either a greatest hits album or one of the fullest, most thoughtful albums I had ever heard. Even though Best of Love Songs is a collection of previously released songs, it's still completely full of absolutely beautiful songs – not one of the fifteen tracks is bad.