Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ranking the Albums: John Moreland

In honor of and preparation for the April 21st release of his latest album High on Tulsa Heat, I figured this would be a good time to revisit my Ranking the Albums feature with one of the best artists the Sooner State has ever produced – John Moreland.

Moreland started playing music in punk and hardcore bands. He made his first splash with his group John Moreland & The Black Gold Band, recording two full-length albums with the band (Endless Oklahoma Sky and Things I Can't Control) before moving on to a solo career. His first solo record Earthbound Blues was released in 2011, which also saw the release of Everything the Hard Way his first record with John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls. 2013 saw the release of Moreland's staggeringly beautiful In The Throes which very well could be his magnum opus. In-between the full-length records, he has also release a few EPs including Hope Springs Ephemeral and Take Me Back Apart / Blues & Kudzu (in 2010 and 2011 respectfully) and has had three songs appear on the hit television series Sons of Anarchy.

For this list I have limited myself to Moreland's full-length albums. Make sure to also check out my reviews of Things I Can't Control, Hope Springs Ephemeral and Take Me Back Apart / Blues & Kudzu, Earthbound Blues, Everything the Hard Way, and In The Throes. Also make sure to pick up Moreland's new record High on Tulsa Heat when it come out next week. I've heard it and it is awesome so go and out and buy it already! This list is in order of preference (though they are all fantastic).

For more information on John Moreland check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, BandCamp, Last.fm, and Wikipedia pages.

1. In the Throes
2. Everything the Hard Way
3. Things I Can't Control
4. Earthbound Blues
5. Endless Oklahoma Sky

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