Muruch.com’s Top 20 Albums of 2017

20. Honeysuckle: Catacombs

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19. Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel: I Can Spin a Rainbow

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18. Arum Rae: Sub Rosa

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17. Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts

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16. Zola Jesus: Okovi

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15. Sevdaliza: Ison

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14. Fanny & the Atta Boys: Peck of Dirt

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13. Overcoats: Young

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12. The Company Stores: Little Lights

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11. Bishopp Briggs: self-titled EP

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10. Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

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9. Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun

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8. Lung: Bottom of the Barrel

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7. Blackfoot Gypsies: To the Top

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6. Ibeyi: Ash

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5. Kasey Chambers: Dragonfly

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4. Björk: Utopia

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3. Sonya Cotton: When I Go Home

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2. Karen Elson: Double Roses

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1. Deap Vally: Femejism

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Muruch.com’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Surviving “WV’s 1,000-year flood” (and its endless aftermath) has taken all my time and energy this year. Only 5 albums were good enough to break through the chaos…

Muruch.com’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Honorable mention to Amanda Palmer’s masterpiece, “Machete,” which is an album of a song.

5. Todrick Hall: Straight Outta Oz

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4. Childish Gambino: Awaken My Love!

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3. Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland

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2. Saul Williams: MartyrLoserKing

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1. Beyoncé: Lemonade

Lemonade was the only music I had immediately following the June flood, which took a huge chunk of my music collection along with my car. Beyoncé’s album would be magnificent in any circumstance, but it truly saved my sanity this year.

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Coble’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Coble’s Top Albums of 2013:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

In all seriousness, Justin Timberlake wins 2013. When this album first came out, it took a couple of listens before it sunk in. Life was empty without a song about courting in space (only he could make a song about that sexy) but now I can’t go back– no I won’t go back to a world without it. Everyone in our house loves it and it is the go-to music when we don’t know what to listen to. Whether it’s my speakers, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, my heart etc; I bow in front of the king, JT.

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Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal

This album is so rich and fulfilling. I discovered it in the spring and truly haven’t been able to wear it out. Harmonies are my weakness and so is catchy folk music, apparently. It’s been a theme this year for me.

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The Lumineers

Again with the catchy folk music. Jeremiah Fraites voice is young and vulnerable and perfect for this Americana sound. “Ho Hey” sucked me in and I haven’t left. It’s reminiscent of Cold War Kids in all the best ways.

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Everything is Bastille and nothing hurts.

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

This is the best comeback album of the decade so far, I will fight anyone who argues (with this album as a soundtrack, and I will win). Perhaps my opinions are blurred by nearly ten years of strong appreciation for this band, but I have no apologies for it.

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Note: Arcade Fire has a special place in my heart but I regret that this year’s album has not yet spoken to me.