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    Rokia Traoré, Sam Amidon, Timo Andres Make NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2013 List

    NPR Music has published the list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, and featured among them are songs from three Nonesuch Records releases: Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," from her new album, Beautiful Africa; Sam Amidon's "My Old Friend," from Bright Sunny South; and Timo Andres's Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, from Home Stretch.

    "What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts," asks NPR. "You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool." These are songs that "are stamped with memories or reliably turn the temperature up or put a smile on our face every single time."

    Of Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," off Beautiful Africa, NPR says: "This gorgeous song (and video) from the honey-voiced Malian singer proves that the blues transcends national borders." You can watch the video here: 

     

     

     Of "My Old Friend," from Sam Amidon's Nonesuch Records debut album, Bright Sunny South, NPR says: "A goodbye delivered with such wry grace and simplicity, you might not realize the original hit was by megaplatinum country singer Tim McGraw." You can listen to the track here: 

     

     

     NPR describes Timo Andres's piece Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, off his new album, Home Stretch, as "a gentle gondola ride through five lovely Eno songs ... a clever, lovingly orchestrated homage in the time-honored spirit of Franz Liszt." Hear an excerpt from the piece here:

    To pick up a copy of any of the albums above, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout and are now 35% off the standard retail price (about 20% off the everyday low prices listed on the site) as part of the current Nonesuch Store anniversary sale.

    To see the complete list of NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, visit npr.org.

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NPR Music has published the list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, and featured among them are songs from three Nonesuch Records releases: Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," from her new album, Beautiful Africa; Sam Amidon's "My Old Friend," from Bright Sunny South; and Timo Andres's Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, from Home Stretch. "What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts," asks NPR. "You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool." These are songs that "are stamped with memories or reliably turn the temperature up or put a smile on our face every single time."

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NPR Music has published the list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, and featured among them are songs from three Nonesuch Records releases: Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," from her new album, Beautiful Africa; Sam Amidon's "My Old Friend," from Bright Sunny South; and Timo Andres's Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, from Home Stretch.

"What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts," asks NPR. "You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool." These are songs that "are stamped with memories or reliably turn the temperature up or put a smile on our face every single time."

Of Rokia Traoré's "Mélancolie," off Beautiful Africa, NPR says: "This gorgeous song (and video) from the honey-voiced Malian singer proves that the blues transcends national borders." You can watch the video here: 

 

 

 Of "My Old Friend," from Sam Amidon's Nonesuch Records debut album, Bright Sunny South, NPR says: "A goodbye delivered with such wry grace and simplicity, you might not realize the original hit was by megaplatinum country singer Tim McGraw." You can listen to the track here: 

 

 

 NPR describes Timo Andres's piece Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno, off his new album, Home Stretch, as "a gentle gondola ride through five lovely Eno songs ... a clever, lovingly orchestrated homage in the time-honored spirit of Franz Liszt." Hear an excerpt from the piece here:

To pick up a copy of any of the albums above, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout and are now 35% off the standard retail price (about 20% off the everyday low prices listed on the site) as part of the current Nonesuch Store anniversary sale.

To see the complete list of NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2013, visit npr.org.

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