Which single album has really stood out for you recently?

Which single album has really stood out for you recently?
Here it is
76% (108 votes)
Can't think of one
24% (34 votes)
Total votes: 142

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?

Oete's picture

Bach Partitas by Perahia (Sony). Actually, this was issued as two separate CDs—both imaginatively played and well recorded.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

One album? You ask for one album? When I was 22, I could have given you an answer—these days no singular album could do that for me, not even if it was from Richard Thompson's and PJ Harvey's secret love child.

Jeff Stockton's picture

Electric Dirt by Levon Helm. Gospel, blues, and country from a master and his circle of friends and relations.

Francisco's picture

Antonio Vivaldi Concertos for Two Violins. Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola on violin and Andrea Marcon conducting the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Archiv/DG). This album brought me back to Vivaldi's violin concertos, and rekindled my search for more baroque violin works.

Chris's picture

Fire Theft: Fire Theft. Rikard Sjöblom: Cyklonmannen.

Adam's picture

The Avett Brother's new album, I and Love and You, on vinyl is sonically amazing. Their raw, emotional lyrics really shine through, as well as the banjo and guitar on this Rick Rubin-produced album.

John G.'s picture

Circus Money by Walter Becker.

Will's picture

Live in London by Leonard Cohen.

Ziggy's picture

God Help The Girl by Stuart Murdoch.

Jim Dandy's picture

Old as I am, I think 19 by Adele is terrific—especially the 6 song, live set, bonus CD. But if I may be allowed two, I'd like to comment on the SHM CD version of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Through my audio system, the SHM combines the detail of my original CD and the warmth of my original LP. To my ears, it has the most agreeable and lifelike sound of the three.

robwazzo's picture

Kings of Leon: Only by the Night

Walter Purdy's picture

I only recently came across The Tord Gustavsen Trio. They have three recodings out. I own them all, but my favorite is Being There. No endless piano tinkling here. To be arresting and relaxing at the same time is a neat trick!

Rick Letford's picture

The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint.

richard p's picture

Dylan: Together Through Life

Ken Motamed's picture

Lady Luck by Maria Taylor.

Janice Mancuso's picture

Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi

Dr.  Herzenstube's picture

Us by Peter Gabriel. Not such a great album from an "audiophile" perspective, but remarkably far-ranging musically and, at the same time, united by a common thread through all the tracks. A true "album" in that sense, something that is all too rare nowadays.

Chad's picture

Bon Iver: For Emma Forever Ago

Stephen Curling's picture

Hocico's Memorias Atras. I was surfing on Digg.com and they had some video game link that looked interesting, so I clicked on it, and the soundtrack for the video game (by the submitter, not the game maker) sounded really cool. The YouTube poster provided detailed credit and I went searching for the music they used. Wikipedia and iTunes later, I bought a copy. According to WP, the style of music is called aggrotech. I think it's unique and I've been enjoying it ever since.

drewe's picture

John Martyn: Solid Air. I first heard the track "Go Down Easy" on a Mojo magazine CD a few months ago. I then found an 80's pressing of the album on eBay. Now I can't get "May You Never" out of my head. Such a fantastic album from a fantastic musician.

Carl Williams's picture

Vivian Linden. She has a haunting voice.

Tim Bishop's picture

Robbie Robertson, his first self-titled solo. It has been on the CD player and turntable a lot. Just love the style and song writing on it.

John Chisholm's picture

LSO live with Colin Davis on SACD, especially Sibelius' symphonies 3 & 7.

D.A.B., Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Dave Matthews Band: Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

Oli - Bristol UK's picture

Gossip: Music For Men. A great blend of disco and rock that I can't get enough of at the moment.

M.'s picture

Radiohead's In Rainbows. It's as brilliant as ever with Radiohead, plus it includes one of their greatest songs, "Reckoner." And I've got it on a high-quality vinyl pressing to boot.

paul feenan's picture

Stevie Nicks: The Soundstage Sessions

df's picture

TV On the Radio: Dear Science

Frank Paquet's picture

Marcin Wasilewski: January (ECM). Incredible musicians, outstanding music.

Mick's picture

Portishead: Third. Dark, brilliant, sad, compelling—outstanding.