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 Albums of 2015

20 Beth May: The Family Arsonist (poetry)


19 Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool

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18 Elise Cabrét (EP)


17 Anielle Reid: Ain’t Like Them (EP)

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Anielle Reid Official Site


16 Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits

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Kat Robichaud Official Site


15 Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake

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Dengue Fever Official Site


14 The Innocence Mission: Hello I Feel the Same

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The Innocence Mission Official Site


13 Darlingside: Birds Say

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Darlingside Official Site


12 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi: Cold Moon

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Alela Diane Official Site


11 Hayley Cannon: Who Are You

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Hayley Cannon Official Site


10 Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour


9 Alessia Cara: Know It All

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Alessia Cara Official Site


8 Chris Stapleton: Traveler

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Chris Stapleton Official Site


7 Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall

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Andra Day Official Site


6 Rhiannen Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn

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Rhiannen Giddens Official Site


5 Lizabett Russo: Running With the Wolves

(album review)

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Lizabett Russo Official Site


4 V V Brown: Glitch

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V V Brown Official Site


3 Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe

(best of)

Allison Crowe Official Site


2 Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album

(more info)

Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive the free 25-mp3 album.


1 Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

(album review)

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Brandi Carlile Official Site

I debated including the Muruch-curated albums, but they are truly the two albums I have listened to most frequently and loved most intensely this year. Besides, it’s the artists and their music that make them so undeniably spectacular. I was just the DJ. That being said, every time I’ve been asked during the year what I think my #1 album of 2015 would be, my immediate answer has been: “Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” I love it more with each listen and it has the timelessness of the greatest classic albums.

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 2014 Top Albums Playlist

Last week Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014 were revealed. This week we’re happy to share a Spotify playlist of every song (over 200!) from every album on our list except one (by a certain singer who notoriously pulled her music from Spotify). Enjoy!