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Jackie Lynn: Jackie Lynn

Here's an intriguing concept album, a midwestern Western set to music.

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Ellie Goulding: Delirium

Captivating, danceable synthpop that Goulding is hoping will take her to the upper echelons of pop stardom.

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Vanessa Carlton: Liberman (take 2)

Carlton swirls psychedelic sounds around artful, complex lyrics to make an album of resplendent songs.

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Family of the Year: Family of the Year

Breezy folk-pop that's fun to listen to but could use more emotional depth.

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Noah Gundersen: Carry the Ghost

Beautiful, melancholy folk-pop that wrestles with spiritual and philosophical matters.

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Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads (take 2)

Sweet, lush romantic pop from North Wales.

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The Whistles & the Bells: The Whistles & the Bells

A complex and musically surprising account of Bryan Simpson's Christian journey.

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Trails and Ways: Pathology

World beats and poetic lyrics vie in up-tempo dance songs on this debut album

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Olivia Chaney: The Longest River

Baez, Collins, Mitchell, Marling -- the debut folk album by Olivia Chaney shows that she belongs in this company. It's pretty much perfect.

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The Weepies: Sirens

Captivating folk-pop tracks that will please fans of the band.

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John Andrews & The Yawns: Bit by the Fang

Bit by the Fang is a decidedly lo-fi, low-key album of psychedelic alt-country folk pop -- Big Lebowski fans, take note.

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Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care

A delightful journey of songs through musical decades and styles, all delivered in Scaggs' soulful tenor.

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Timbre: Sun & Moon

Ambitious, beautiful indie pop and alt-classical concept album creates sonic images of dark and light, sun and moon.

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Aurora

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Allison Moorer: Down to Believing

Skip the self-help books on moving through the grieving process and get this album instead.

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James McMurtry: Complicated Game

Enmeshing heartfelt stories into a roots sound, McMurtry crafts an Americana classic.

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Complicated Game

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JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll

Imagine rockabilly with punk overtones and you have this album, a foot-stomping, ass-shaking thing of beauty.

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Vance Joy: Dream Your Life Away

The pop veins that Vance Joy mines so beautifully are unrequited and disbelieving love, and the songs’ appeal lie primarily in Joy’s voice, a voice that projects tremendous yearning.

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