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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Muruch.com’s Top 10 Books of 2015

10 John Furrow: The Storm Murders


9 Seth Greenland: I Regret Everything


8 Sophie Hannah: Woman With a Secret


7 Alice Fulton: Barely Composed


6 Michelle Penazola: landscape/heartbreak


5 Ron Rash: Above the Waterfall


4 Stuart Rojstaczer: The Mathematician’s Shiva


3 Kate Morton: The Lake House


2 Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking


1 Victoria Hislop: The Sunrise

Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014

It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.

Muruch’s Top 20 Albums of 2014…

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P.S. to Muruch’s 2013 Top Albums List

There have been several great 2013 albums that I didn’t hear until after Muruch’s Top Albums list was posted, so following is my P.S. to that list. Click on the album titles for reviews, videos and purchase links…

Shearwater: Fellow Travelers

Midlake: Antiphon

Little Green Cars: Absolute Zero

Aloe Blacc: Wake Me Up

Lissie: Back to Forever