Overstreet’s Favorite Albums: 2001 (10 years later)

Listening to music is, for me, a treasure hunt. The whole journey is worthwhile, with highs and lows, unforgettable discoveries and a whole lot of unremarkable scenery.

What I love most is an album that just keeps opening up, like a house full of secret doors, so that ten years later I’m still enjoying it like it’s brand new.

Here, for example, are ten albums from 2001 that I’m still playing frequently and finding new reasons to appreciate…

With respectful nods to: Lucinda Williams – Essence, Pedro the Lion – The Only Reason I Feel Secure, Eels – Souljacker, Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part, Don Peris – Ten Silver Slide Trombones… here are the top ten:

10. Daniel Amos – Mr. Buechner’s Dream

9. Buddy and Julie Miller – Buddy and Julie Miller

8. Bjork – Vespertine

7. Joe Henry – Scar

6. Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs

5. Radiohead – Amnesiac

4. Over the Rhine – Films for Radio

3. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft

2. Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)

1. Sam Phillips – Fan Dance


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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email

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