NMW: Top Twenty Albums of the Year (20-11)!!!

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The Big News
It’s that time of year music lovers, time for the end of the year lists! This is round two, featuring the first installment of my Top 20 albums of the year, numbers 11-20, the second year with such an expanded list. This is the sixth year of this list. The first two editions (2013-14) were published when this site was called 8th Circuit (8CN) which dissolved into internet ether during the change over from 8CN to Overmental… so I can’t link to them. How ‘bout we start by reviewing the last five winners of album of the year.

Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti-

Jolie Holland, Wine Dark Sea, Anti-

Public Image Limited, What the World Needs Now, PiL Worldwide

David Bowie, Blackstar, Columbia


EMA, Exile in the Outer Ring, City Slang

Supplemental Rules
2014: The Neil Young rule: Cover songs and records cannot make the list. Instead, great cover songs are listed under Special Consideration section.
2016: The Blackstar rule: If you die you cannot make the list unless you are named overall album of the year.

20. Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio, The Crossing, Yep Roc

19. State Champion, Send Flowers, Sophomore Lounge

18. Kyle Craft, Full Circle Nightmare, Sub Pop Records

17. Lemon Twigs, Go to School, 4AD

16. Amanda Shires, To the Sunset, Silver Knife Records

15.  Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth, Young Turks

14. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams, Stax Records

13. First Aid Kit, Ruins, Columbia

12. Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia, Red House Records

11. Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel, Milk Records

Tune in next week for the rest of the list!!!

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