While it certainly happens with less frequency than it did in my teens or early twenties, there are still times when a new album gets its hooks in me and won't let go until I've listened to it a few dozen times. Obviously free time to delve into new music has dwindled for me over the last decade, as has my ability to hear something new without judging that music with what is likely premature dismissiveness. Still, at least once a year, I get lured in by the sound of a clear voice with a striking point of view or the infectious beat that renders almost involuntary convulsions that are meant to probably resemble dancing but surely don't.
I don't know what it is about each album, and there is hardly a uniformity to what grabs me, but these are the records that I have been obsessed with over the last two years or so:
Southeastern - Jason Isbell
Our Love - Caribou
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music - Sturgill Simpson
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance - Belle & Sebastian
Dream River - Bill Callahan
Push the Sky Away - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Philip Lynott Album - Philip Lynott
What's been getting your rocks off?