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Looking Back: Best Of 2010

About this time a year ago, I posted my favorite albums of 2010. Looking at my Top 10 from last year, it’s pretty amazing to think about how they compare to this year. I’m not sure if it’s simply the quality of what’s been released in 2011…or maybe it’s how attached I became to the music…but my favorite albums THIS year seem to be of a much higher caliber. My 2011 list will be up on the 1st of the year!

pH balanced –  Top 10 of 2010:

1. Vampire Weekend – Contra
2. Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms
3. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs – God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise’
4. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
5. The Black Keys – Brothers
6. The New Pornographers – Together
7. Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away
8. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue
9. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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Looking Back: Best Of 2009

A year ago today, I revealed my favorite albums of 2009. I don’t think I’ve ever put more thought into a list than that one… this year’s list seemed much more simple and easy. 2009 had so many wonderful releases that really resonated with me, and here’s what ended up in my Top 10:

1. David Gray – Draw The Line
2. The Swell Season – Strict Joy
3. Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill
4. Girlyman – Everything’s Easy
5. Madeleine Peyroux – Bare Bones
6. Regina Spektor – Far
7. M. Ward – Hold Time
8. Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
9. Derek Trucks Band – Already Free
10. The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Tomorrow I will reveal my Top 25 albums of 2010! Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

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Looking Back: Best Of 2008

Looks like I only posted my Top 5 for 2008… and while I could look back and try to pick 5 others, it probably wouldn’t be accurate. Here were my 5 favorite albums of 2008:

1. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
2. Ray LaMontagne – Gossip In the Grain
3. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
4. Martin Sexton – Solo
5. Coldplay – Viva La Vida

Still to come…a look back at my favorites from 2009 and the big reveal – my choices for 2010.

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Looking Back: Best Of 2007

As I make the final changes to my Best Of 2010 list, I’m thinking back to the past few years and remembering what releases really shaped my musical world. I started this blog in the Spring of 2008, while I was beginning the search that would lead me to the radio job I have now. My very first post on pH balanced was a list of my favorite albums from the previous year. 2007 was when I really started to fully dive into music and radio at WERS, and these were my personal Top 10 albums of that year.

1. THE SHINS – Wincing The Night Away
2. BAND OF HORSES – Cease To Begin
3. IRON & WINE – The Shepherd’s Dog
4. JOHN VANDERSLICE – Emerald City
5. MATT POND PA – Last Light
6. FEIST – The Reminder
7. JOSH RITTER – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
9. DR. DOG – We All Belong
10. RADIOHEAD – In Rainbows

I’ll be posting my favorites from 2008, 2009, and finally 2010 in the next few days.

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