Hayes Carll, 'Lovers and Leavers'
It took Hayes Carll five years after 2011's KMAG YOYO to release his most personal and poignant record yet, Lovers and Leavers. And not only was it well worth the wait, but the resulting album became stronger for it. After going through a divorce, the witty Carll turned some of his more sarcastic observations inward, using his keen attention to detail and honest wordplay to bring light to his own struggles and heartbreak. Anchored by more subtle, less barn-burning instrumentals, songs like "The Love That We Need" and "Good While It Lasted" might be about Carll, but they manage to touch more deeply on the shared human condition than he's ever done before.