Which single album has really stood out for you recently?

Stereophile's picture
Every once in a while, an artist or album will pop out of the background and renew your love of music. Which single album has really stood out for you recently?
Which single album has really stood out for you recently?
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Can't think of one
24% (34 votes)
Total votes: 142
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Nathan's picture

Bon Iver: For Emma, still getting used to the Volcano Choir, though.

jsh's picture

Jenny Lewis' Acid Tongue. I'm a fan of contemporary rock acts who really revel in the music of the 1970s (M. Ward, Neko Case, Josh Rouse, Wilco, etc). Acid Tongue takes this to an extreme that is a joy to listen to, down to recording in the studio where Rumours and After the Goldrush were created. The album was recorded quickly and has a real live-in-the-studio sound, but still uses some fun stereo effects to let you know that it's an invention. Exciting performances all around.

Harry's picture

The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin.

jb's picture

The Empyrean by John Frusciante.

Bob Ranford's picture

New York Trio: Love You Madly!

Norman Bennett's picture

Rust in Peace by Megadeth.

Faizan Haq's picture

Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth.

Eric Shook -- Pittsboro, NC's picture

The whole genre of Yacht Rock has brought me around to leading a more examined and open-minded method to discovering music's past.

Walcir's picture

Love's Forever Changes. No doubt.

knik's picture

Pearl Jam: Backspacer

A-Chan's picture

Triangle by Perfume

Bill L., Miami's picture

Mudcrutch

Doug Bowker's picture

The Fleet Foxes self-titled album and Vektamist by Grizzly Bear.

Juan Hitters's picture

Melody Gardot: My One and Only Thrill

Ima Believer's picture

A Fistful of Dollars. (Ennio Morricone) Soundtrack, I guess—but whoa!

bd's picture

Bon Iver's For Emma.

K.  Williams's picture

One each from different genres: Wussy—a great underground rock band from Cincinnati, OH. Two songwriters, male and female. The new album is self-titled. Don't be afraid of the band name. JD Allen: The Shine. Great young-ish tenor saxophonist in a trio. Oumou Sangare: Seya. Mali's Aretha Franklin—she's always made great records, but this one's really a step up.

David Allen's picture

Strollin' by Chet Baker.

Daniel's picture

Just one album? Aaargh! How to narrow it down? Okay, here we go; Dub Colossus in a Town called Addis. Dub Reggae meets traditional Ethiopian singers. A big, atmospheric sound, and an enjoyable stylistic fusion.

David Lord's picture

Calexico: Carried to Dust

Jimmy's picture

It's not like that they aren't any excellent albums (or artists) are out there, it's just that these albums usually do not measure up to past recordings in the different genres. No offense to the current crop of artists—the bar has long been raised and it's rarely achieved with the music currently available.

Johannes Turunen, Sweden's picture

Mezzoforte: Live in Reykjavik. Also on DVD but I bought the double CD.

Tim K's picture

Porcupine Tree: The Incident. It's a modern progressive rock masterpiece, exquisitely recorded and engineered with the double vinyl version and 5.1 mix in mind. Throw in the gorgeous packaging and art work and it adds up to an an album I'll treasure for many years.

Brian Huempfner's picture

Chickenfoot's debut Chickenfoot. Finally, some rock for a 40 year old! No track deserves less than a 6 on a scale of 10. Hagar's rejuvenated! Harmonic vocals with Michael Anthony spot on. Smith brings raw energy, and it's about time that Satriani has been exposed to the masses! Long live rock!

Steve Baker's picture

The Wallflowers

Mikael Johnsson, Norway's picture

If you fancy some cool electronic music, check this album out: Waldfreakquenz 3. This is progressive, psychedelic trance. This is great for some late night listening sessions. You won't find this in a shop though. Here is a link: http://www.psyshop.com/shop/CDs/waf/waf1cd003.html Lot's of great psychedelic elektronika here.

Jeff Burns, Ohio's picture

Telarc: Got The Blues. Its copyright was 10 years ago, but hey.

emiser's picture

MewithoutYou: It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright What was once a screamo band with remarkable lyrics has become an amazing amalgam of sounds, with I think, the richest lyricist in the business. The album previous to this was fantastic and this continues the evolution.

Nodaker's picture

Nothing new that I can think of, but an older one I'm really starting to love is Leona Naess' I Tried to Rock, But You Only Roll. Nice pop CD.

Bob Gibbons's picture

Dave Alvin's: Blackjack David. Haunting lyrics and melodies. Brilliantly recorded.

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