Best of 2021

Low - Hey What
Low
Hey What
100
Sep 12

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CMAT - Rodney
CMAT
Rodney
100
Oct 22
Cindy - 1:2
Cindy
1:2
92
Oct 13

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JohnLouisHoward -
100
hide your children, hide your husbands. this is a major work of art that should achieve legendary status. no exaggeration, this is the most important work by an American composer since Aaron Copland. this transcends the limitations of popular music. it is nothing less than the gothic Appalachian Spring. this is Appalachian Summer, Fall, and Winter.

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JohnLouisHoward -
100
she is your new queen. accept it.
JohnLouisHoward -
95
she is amazing. she is undeniable. she is everything. she is CMAT.
JohnLouisHoward -
95
ostensibly weak and derivative, but with an undeniable lure that pulls you in and refuses to let go. it's confounding. no way that it should be this good or appealing, but her flow and tone is captivating. I am hooked.
JohnLouisHoward -
80
another cover project by a fantastic singer, offering fresh takes on familiar material. Power is ill-named because her whole delivery is anti-power, born of lilting and delicate turns of phrase and melodic purity. she has a Sandy Denny approach to singing, turning everything into a deep folk escapade. it isn't totally convincing with some of these songs but when it does hit then it's magic. that is totally the case on Jason Molina's staggering "Didn't It Rain" which is rendered here ... read more

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Sep 19, 2021
Ever listen to the new mega bog? You may enjoy it
Aug 22, 2021
You have absurdly good taste. That’s all.
Jul 28, 2021
Thanks for the Twain recommendation! I've been listening to Rare Feeling quite a bit recently and I'm really enjoying it
Jun 30, 2021
The aldous tour can’t happen fast enough!!! I will finally see her in July 2022 when she comes to Denver.
Jun 29, 2021
Oh dear! I'm addressing a new face! Or rather: another face, to implicate me! ('Here below' with respect to which...). I'll miss the banjo, but wouldn't ever say no to Aldous.
Jun 25, 2021
Lot 49 is obviously a favorite for me too. No worries if Hiss isn't your thing, but perhaps the new LP is worth a shot :)
Jun 25, 2021
By the way, I've seen, via WASTE, of course, that you've discovered, shall we say, a certain organization dedicated to the crumbling of the Thurn and Taxis monopoly (an account I couldn't resist setting up).
Jun 25, 2021
If it wasn't already on your radar, John, I'll burden you with another recommendation, namely, the new Hiss Golden Messenger LP, which only came out yesterday and yet which I'm already indelibly seduced by. Hopefully it can work its magic with you too!

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/343239-hiss-golden-messenger-quietly-blowing-it.php#
May 8, 2021
This made my day to hear, John. Thanks for giving it a listen. I've been working my way through Natalie Bergman's Mercy (and loving it), so the gratitude is reciprocal.
May 1, 2021
John, I think you might quite enjoy the new project from Wand-frontman Cory Hanson, "Pale Horse Rider". Some great country-tinged psychedelia, arresting songwriting, tender delivery... And the music videos are fantastic: paradigmatic Drag City playfulness...

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/310108-cory-hanson-pale-horse-rider.php

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50-100 = I liked it
none under 50 = no hate ratings

I rate generously most of the time, unless I don't like something, then I don't rate it.

My favorite reviewers are GoodCompany (dearsongs), pressrg, and veery.

Top 100+ Songs of 2021 (in progress): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/42ygL0YD77rxTEs8kHkCW0

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122

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