35 Years of Stony Plain Various Artists
Stony Plain

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the incredible group of artists that are gathered to release "35 years of 
stony plain" has not only compiled one of the greatest albums sets (3 albums) 
of the year, the artists have created a magic sound  like they were born in 
the dust and souls of country, folk and blues legends.
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Girls With Guitars Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde
Ruf

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

girls with guitars, by samantha fish, cassie taylor and dani wilde, have created a consistenly gripping and balls-out jams bunch of blues and rock numbers with rich, powerful singing that grab you down the gravel road.

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Heirloom Music The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Neanderthal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
heirloom music, by the wronglers with jimmie dale gilmore, have created one 
of the best albums of the year.  It sounds like a folky ensemble filling up 
your house with glory that smells like fresh-baked bread.
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Civil War Naval Songs Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
with dan milner and others singing the "civil war naval songs" the wicked 
and vicious violence on the atlantic between the north and south is 
captured.  you can feel the violence at home with a bad moon on the rise.
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Self-Titled Greg Garing
Lower East Side

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
greg garing's selt-titled album is one of the greatest of the year with 
downright tales of obsessive love.

Reason and Rhyme Jim Lauderdale
Sugar Hill

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
reason and rhyme by jim lauderdale, working with the great songwriter 
robert hunter,  creates one the best albums of the year--a bluegrass epic that 
is as casual as a cardigan, willfully optimistic, ultra-tuneful and danceable. 
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One Time Amy Black
Reuben

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
one time, the superb album by amy black, is one of the best albums of the 
year. it has a unique feeling that she grew or lived a few blocks from each 
song's setting. 
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Temptation The Waifs
Compass

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
temptation, by the waifs, is one the finest albums of the year. it eases 
through the world so artfully, and takes us with them on each loving journey. 
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Voice Hiromi
Heads Up/Telarc/Concord

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"voice" by hiromi and other jazz artists was one of the finest albums of 
the year. it seems like they were on a different trip and landed into a 
different world before creating their unique sounds.
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self-titled Shawna Russell
Way Out West

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
shawna russell's self-titled album is one of the greatest of the year. she 
captures a delicacy and a sense of mystery that is stronger than other 
music.
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Highway Bound Lloyd Jones
Underworld / Burnside

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"highway bound" by lloyd jones is one of the greatest albums of the year. 
he plays consistently gripping stories with big sounds that warm you from 
within.
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Eclipse Eclipse
Rural Rhythm

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"eclipse" by bill emerson is one of the greatest albums of the year--not 
only does he capture a pure bluegrass sound, but the lyrical numbers have a 
brooding quality over the heartaches of everyday working class life.
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Charito Heal The World
Zoho / Allegro

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"heal the world" by charito and her remarkable musicians released one of 
the best albums of the year--she captures michael jackson's hymns and dreams 
about struggle and perserverance. 
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A Hundred White Lies Shane Dwight
R-Tist

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"a hundred white lies" by shane dwight proves that old and true story about 
the swooning confession about love troubles--what a real thin line there is 
between love and hate.
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Moody, Standard and Poor Obits
Sub Pop

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
obits' album moody, standard & poor is not only one of the best albums of 
the year, their writing is about their own feelings, world events with music 
as huge as their global fan base.
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self-titled Knives From Heaven
Thirsty Ear

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"knives from heaven" is full of political fury and musical imagination--they build huge 
sounds that warm you from within.  one of the best albums of the year. 

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Nostalgia/Ultra Frank Ocean
Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"nostalgia/ultra" by frank ocean is one of the best albums of the year. the 
lyrics came to him in a dream. and he wrote the music once he woke up. 
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Euphoric Heartbreak Glazvegas
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
every time i play "euphoric heartbreak" by glasvegas, their songs mean 
something else to me. that makes the album one of the best of the year. 
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Big Dumb Rock Taz Taylor
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"big dumb rock" by taz taylor band is one of the years strongest 
albums--it is consistently gripping.
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Paper Airplane Alison Krauss and Union Station
Rounder

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
paper airplane, by alison krauss and union station, is the prettiest album of 
the year and the warmest. and if you to want hear an angel singing as she's 
up into the sky, listen to alison sing with your eyes closed. 
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Born This Way Lady Gaga
42 West/Interscope/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
lady gaga's double album, born this way, is not only the best album 
of the year, but has that awesome swagger which captures the dabauched soul 
that only lady gaga has in the rock and roll world.
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