Anderson, Touré and Diabaté, Black Keys, Andres Among Critics' Picks for Best Albums So Far This Year

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Metacritic.com has released its mid-year report of "The Best Music of 2010 So Far"—and three Nonesuch releases have made the cut: Ali Farka Touré's collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté came in at #2, and Laurie Anderson's first studio album since 2001, Homeland, followed it at #3. The Black Keys recent album, Brothers, followed up at #27. John Schaefer of WNYC's Soundcheck picks Anderson's Homeland, Ali and Toumani, and Timothy Andres' Shy and Mighty as his best of the year so far.

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Metacritic.com, the site that aggregates major reviews of music, film, and other media, has released its mid-year report of "The Best Music of 2010 So Far"—albums released over the past six months met or exceeded a Metascore of 81 (out of 100), and three Nonesuch releases have made the cut: the late Ali Farka Touré's collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté came in at #2, and Laurie Anderson's first studio album since 2001, Homeland, followed it at #3. The Black Keys recent album, Brothers, followed up at #27. See the whole list at metacritic.com.

In other Best Of news, John Schaefer, of WNYC's Soundcheck, wrote on the show's blog yesterday about his own contenders for best releases of the year. Anderson's Homeland is mentioned again; Schaefer calls the album "brilliant, funny, dark, unflinching, and full of great stories and musical guests." In the world music category, he taps Ali and Toumani—"the musical last will and testament of the great Malian blues guitarist Ali Farka Touré" and the "greatest living master of the kora", Diabaté. Schaefer highlights Timothy Andres' label debut, the "diverse, inventive, and surprising" Shy and Mighty, as his pick for the classical music best of this year so far. Read more at wnyc.org/soundcheck.

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Anderson, Ali & Toumani, TBK, Andres
  • Friday, July 9, 2010
    Anderson, Touré and Diabaté, Black Keys, Andres Among Critics' Picks for Best Albums So Far This Year

    Metacritic.com, the site that aggregates major reviews of music, film, and other media, has released its mid-year report of "The Best Music of 2010 So Far"—albums released over the past six months met or exceeded a Metascore of 81 (out of 100), and three Nonesuch releases have made the cut: the late Ali Farka Touré's collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté came in at #2, and Laurie Anderson's first studio album since 2001, Homeland, followed it at #3. The Black Keys recent album, Brothers, followed up at #27. See the whole list at metacritic.com.

    In other Best Of news, John Schaefer, of WNYC's Soundcheck, wrote on the show's blog yesterday about his own contenders for best releases of the year. Anderson's Homeland is mentioned again; Schaefer calls the album "brilliant, funny, dark, unflinching, and full of great stories and musical guests." In the world music category, he taps Ali and Toumani—"the musical last will and testament of the great Malian blues guitarist Ali Farka Touré" and the "greatest living master of the kora", Diabaté. Schaefer highlights Timothy Andres' label debut, the "diverse, inventive, and surprising" Shy and Mighty, as his pick for the classical music best of this year so far. Read more at wnyc.org/soundcheck.

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