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 the author of five published books: the moviegoing memoir Through a Screen Darkly (Regal, 2007), and a fantasy tetrology called The Auralia Thread (Random House, 2007-11). He has two passions: writing (fiction and essays on film) and teaching (creative writing, film studies, art & apologetics). He has 15 years of experience speaking around the U.S. and abroad at universities, conferences, and churches. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker and TIME, and he has been a reviewer and/or columnist for many publications including Christianity Today, Image, Paste, and Books & Culture. He's finishing MFA studies at Seattle Pacific University. Want Overstreet to speak, lead a film seminar, or teach creative writing? Inquire at

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