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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2012

As Ralph Ellison once put it, “Eclecticism is the word.” So after several years of  Belle & Sebastian/Camera Obscura/Divine Comedy indie pop consistency, my tastes throw me a curveball in 2012: hip-hop, glitch-hop, throwback prog, piano rock, and anthemic indie … 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 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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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1999

And so we come to the close of the 1900s, a century of radical changes in all areas of life: political, economic, cultural, intellectual, musical, you name it. As we’ve gone through the last third or so of the century … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1997

1997 is, for me, the Year of Leaving Out Obvious Choices. The first such Obvious Choice is OK Computer. Oh, look at Tom, being all underground and contrary. It’s not like it’s one of the few albums that regularly challenges Sgt. … Continue reading

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