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Tom’s Top 5’s: Most Anticipated Albums of 2015 (Addendum!)

Upon posting my Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015, friends questioned why I hadn’t included several other exciting new releases scheduled for the coming year. In my defense I can offer only ignorance: in most of these cases, I … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 10’s: Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Any year that kicks off with Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaborating on a Stevie Wonder-esque ballad is going to be a year of surprises. A mere week into the new year, it’s tough to say what curve balls 2015 … Continue reading

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Album Review: Ian Anderson, “Homo Erraticus”

When they go on tour these days, most artists of Ian Anderson’s age might slot in a couple of new songs into their act, but mostly keep to a standard-issue “greatest hits” setlist. Anderson, clever fellow that he is, however, … Continue reading

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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 2007

If you’ve been keeping track of these lists, you’ve probably ascertained I’m a big Paul McCartney fan – apart from dominating with the Beatles during the 60s, of course, he made a strong showing on my lists for 1973, 1982, … Continue reading

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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 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 2000

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I have pretty eclectic tastes. Nowhere is that eclecticism more evident than here at the dawn of the twenty-first century. I have my favorites, of course, but I try to keep … 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 1996

As the 90s progress, I notice that World Music constitutes a larger and larger proportion of my library. For the purposes of this exercise, I have chosen to limit myself to rock/pop/R&B. Most of the time, it’s not an issue … Continue reading

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