There were a lot of good new albums this year, but little agreement among top critics on what constituted the best. Here are some of the most acclaimed, and some of our own favorites—which are not necessarily the same.
As ambient electronica goes, this one is interesting—whether or not it meets everyone’s definition of “music.” Local artist Kawar plays with a blend of found sounds and created ones, to generate moods ranging from melancholy to “what’s that on the stairs?” creepy. It’s the dark edges of this album that make it the most interesting, and more than just an art project—it’s a creation to be taken seriously.
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