What was your favorite release this year from a music perspective?

Forget about the sound quality this time. What was your favorite disc this year on musical merit alone?

What was your favorite release this year from a music perspective?
Here it is
77% (51 votes)
Nothing comes to mind
23% (15 votes)
Total votes: 66

Henry Alterman's picture

Nils Lofgren: Breakaway Angel. Great recording, too.

C.  Chasinovsky, Van Nuys, CA's picture

Greenday: American Idiot. It just feels good.

Daniel Emerson's picture

The three-disc Elvis Presley reissue DVD of the '68 Comeback Special. The full versions of the two "sit-down" sets are worth the price alone. Great music, great fun!

Stephen Curling's picture

Come to think of it I don't think I bought any music this year. Didn't download any either (legally or otherwise). Odd.

F Cooper's picture

My favorite disc this year is Diana Krall's The Girl in the Other Room, which conveys such a mixture of events that have altered her life and these are so well reflected in the songs and music of this disc. I love this diversity of music and the personal feelings that I think she has tried to share with her listeners. It also happens to be a very well-recorded disc.

Donald N.'s picture

Wilco's A Ghost is Born

Al Marcy's picture

Yo, Solo

Travis Klersy's picture

Shouldn't you wait a few months before asking this?

pr's picture

was a slow year for me for new music. mostly picked up older things i missed the first time around.

Anonymous's picture

jaime callum "twentysomething"

mcd in nyc's picture

Madeleine Peyroux; Careless Love. After seeing her perform live, the album transports me even more than it did the first time I heard it. Old and new at the same time—wonderful.

jocko's picture

Wilco: A Ghost is Born

Santa Anna's picture

Los Lonely Boys

DAB, Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Bach's The Four Great Toccatas and Fugues on Sony SACD is a must-hear for each and every reader of Stereophile. If you don't experience piloerections when you listen to this marvelous work, you've probably been cold for a few years.

Mahones's picture

Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around. Maybe his best album.

David Hawley's picture

How Sweet The Sound by Chanticleer.

Stephen Sweigart's picture

Mercury re-release of Vienna on LP (Berg, Schoenberg, and Webern).

dockaye's picture


Oliver's picture

Impossible Dream by Patty Griffin. Patience by George Michael. Waiting for Want Two by Rufus Wainwright to be released in November.

Haim Ronen's picture

J.S.Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier Buch I by Till Fellner (piano) on ECM NEW SERIES.

suits_me's picture

The Turkish music on Songs of Surrender at latifbolat.com is not as New Sewagey as the cover art will lead you to believe. You can get a older sample there, although those of you who yearn for 14th Century or so Turkish Sufi music already know who you are. Since this entry is kind of cheating, I will also risk mentioning Patti Smith's Trampin'.

Anonymous's picture

The Thorns

Ron in Vancouver's picture

Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power. Nothing has ever come closer to getting actual flesh and blood onto the recording tape.

Ren's picture

Rokia Traor

Gerald Neily's picture

Rock: Mars Volta: Deloused in the Comatorium—Radiohead meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Astonishing tormented genius.
Classical: Rochberg Violin Concerto (Naxos). Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Christoper Lyndon-Gee - The severe cuts inflicted by Isaac Stern in the 1970s are restored, revealing a whole world of vast beauty.

Widgiemooltha's picture

Black Eyed Peas: Elephunk. What an incredible mix of all that I love about music.

D Brown's picture

Doc Watson at Folk City (recorded in 1961; released in 2004).

Tom Warren's picture

Based on the music, I vote for Paula Jeanine

Tom T's picture

Big Phat Band: XXL (DVD-Audio)

Keith Y's picture

Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section SACD! Wow!