25. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power in the Blood (2015)
Born to Cree Indian parents and later adopted by a white family, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been making politicized music for more than 50 years. Those familiar with her ’60s folk songs will be pleasantly surprised by the experimental flourishes in Power in the Blood, one of the greatest Canadian albums ever released. For much of its runtime, the 76-year-old puts a new spin on her oldest compositions: “It’s My Way” is reimagined as a heartland rock song, the funky blues in the original “Not the Loving Kind” are amplified in the newer recording, and “Love Charms” sounds like it was remixed by Portishead. Power in the Blood is a much-needed return from Sainte-Marie, one that raises questions about the environmental and cultural future of Canada.
Essential songs: “It’s My Way,” “Power in the Blood” and “Uranium War”