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Best Of: Nat Lathy’s Top Albums Of 2015

posted January 20, 2016, 12:41 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of, Staff Editorial | comment Leave a Comment

1. James McMurtry-Complicated Game
McMurtry ComplicatedThis album has a great folk sound. It’s got some of the best melodies I’ve heard on an album in a long time, and the lyrics are worth revisiting.

2. Nellie McKay-My Weekly Reader
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In the mood for old school? McKay handles the classics with her own interpretations. You don’t have to lose your allegiance to the originals to enjoy what she offers.
3. Laurie Anderson-Heart of A Dog
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This was the most unique album of the year by far. This soundtrack to a film about the death of Laurie’s dog, covered so many topics it’s amazing how it all tied together so well.

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4. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap- Look For the Silver Lining-The Songs of Jerome Kern
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After scoring a hit record with Lady Ga Ga, the 89-year old Bennett showed he can achieve even better things artistically with these renditions. It’s a reminder of Bennett’s importance as an artist and the need for these standards emanate from various listening devices.
5. Wombats-Glitterbug
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This marks new territory for the group. They came up with more memorable cuts than any of their albums, so far. The hooks just keep coming.
6. Rebecca Ferguson-Lady Sings the Blues
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Billie Holiday provides the material for this solid album, proving reality TV does have a benefit. It provided the training ground for an artist, who can put out a solid album, with many cuts sans filler.
7. Delilah-Delilah Sings Sarah Plus a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn
delilah sarah vaughan
I don’t normally include EPs in a best of list, but I couldn’t help myself. These tracks are just too good. It’s refreshing to hear the standards getting good treatment from a variety of artists.
8. Bill Fay-Who Is The Sender?
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Bill has a knack for making you focus on his lyrics. And the music has a beauty and creativity, which just seems to get better as his career progresses.
9. Eels-Cautionary Tales of Mark Everett
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Songs don’t need to be long. I was drawn into this disc with a 1:42 opener. And it sets the tone for a solid set of tracks.
10. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard-Django and Jimmie
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These guys came up with the album, which showed they can still have fun putting out albums. And the tracks are fun for the listener, as well.

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