Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2006

I have little to say about 2006, except that it’s a year from which I own an awful lot of albums and subsequently a year for whose Top 5 I had to be especially choosy. So, let’s nod to some … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2005

As I’ve been revisiting albums for this project, I’ve become happily reacquainted with a lot of music I thought I knew. For the 2005 list, though, Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois is the big comeback story. I’ve known it and liked it … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2004

2004 was a full decade ago. Weird, huh? As I reflect on the last decade in music, I’m moved to an observation about my own tastes. Musically speaking, there are few things I find more frustrating than when everybody loves … Continue reading

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Album Review: Temples, “Sun Structures”

A couple weeks ago, a Facebook friend shared a post from NPR about British quartet Temples’ debut Sun Structures (2014) with the commentary, “Temples aren’t a band, they’re a time machine.” Well, as a music fan and something of a … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2003

For 2003, I simply want to mention two albums that don’t make the list due to my self-imposed guidelines and that will demolish whatever remaining cool points I have. The first is Michael McDonald’s Motown, an album of Hitsville U.S.A. … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2002

The fact that the following list is filled with older artists (or artists working in older idioms) doesn’t mean that I haven’t heard anything more “hip” or contemporary from 2002. Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is probably their best album; but … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2001

2001 was a big year for me. It was the year my grandfather passed away, giving me my first experience with the death of a family member. It was the year my political consciousness was awakened by the September 11th … Continue reading

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