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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2017

In 2017, the music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and jazz to soul.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 80-61

In this next segment of PopMatters' look back on the music of the 2000s, we examine works by British electronic pioneers, Americana legends, and Armenian metal provocateurs.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 100-81

PopMatters' picks for the best albums of the 2000s begins with a series of albums that spans epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.

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Elliot Smith: Beyond the Persona

Leaving behind spectacle and sensation, Torment Saint offers a compassionate and measured portrayal of late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.

Interviews

Wild Melancholy: An Interview with Zachary Cale

Zachary Cale may know everything you'd want to know about the fingerings and folk-picking styles of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell, but he's not interested in recording historical artifacts.

Jennifer Kelly
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Graig Markel: Graig Markel

The feel good about feeling bad record of the year.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Patrick Park: Come What Will

Patrick Park adheres to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy on his third full-length album.

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My Decade in Music

They are simply the albums that shaped my musical landscape, for which I know every lyric of every song backward and forward, that I would take with me to that mythical desert island we music lovers always talk about

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Elliott Smith: Roman Candle / From a Basement on the Hill

Bookend reissues of albums by one of the most tortured songwriting voices of his generation, Elliott Smith continues to move with his music long after he's gone.

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Plenty of Bang for the Buck

An economic survey of a decade of concert-going yields an average of positive returns for my dollar. Yeah, Bob Dylan was worth every penny and more.

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Elliott Smith: New Moon

The world of American pop is so much better for Elliott Smith. Can any of us who consider this an important thing get enough?

Vladimir Wormwood
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In Memoriam: Elliott Smith

PopMatters returns to era of relative innocence with a one-night-only snapshot of our era's most tortured and talented songwriter.

Peter Solderitsch
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Elliott Smith

As the show progressed, I couldn¹t help but notice that the set list consisted almost entirely of tracks from Figure 8

Jon Munn
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Elliott Smith

The assembled Black Cat crowd trends much younger than I'd for whatever reason anticipated. The under-21 outnumbers the grownups by something like 3-1 or greater.

Peter Solderitsch
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