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Lori Miller Barrett's Fave Recordings Of 2004

Lori Miller Barrett writes: Several Neumu writers who submitted top-10 lists wrote about how hard it was to whittle down their choices to 10. I had the opposite problem. As a member of a busy and noisy family of four, I found it hard to listen attentively to much of what I bought. And I found it hard to buy, with the knowledge that for every CD I spent money on, my little ones might have to spend another day in too-small shoes... or, more likely, another day insisting on wearing too-small hand-me-down formal wear to school.

The Stills, Logic Will Break Your Heart, (Vice): It came out in 2003, but late 2003, and dominated my disc player for the first half of '04. The echoes of the '80s and the angst of the lyrics take me to the time in my life when I would sit and do nothing more than listen to music. Sometimes when I put this disc on, the multitasking adult in me doesn't mind pausing for a while to listen.

Blonde Redhead, Misery Is a Butterfly, (4AD): It has the same fairy-tale feel as the Fiery Furnaces' disc, but doesn't get weighed down by meandering theatrics. The swirling layers of sound and lyrics about butterflies, angels and magic are tempered by a mathematical rock. Instead of floating off into the ether, these songs fill the room with mood and mystery.

Interpol, Antics, (Matador): There are a lot of bands out there mining the '80s for inspiration. Interpol do it with intelligence, appealing to both my nostalgic ear and my inner ear. And I love their suits.

On!Air!Library!, On!Air!Library!, (Arena Rock): Another Brooklyn-based band awash in reverb. The singing twin sisters prompted some comparisons to the Cocteau Twins, which led me to listen. It's admittedly derivative, but also very modern. In between the backward glances there is a lot of experimentation. The song "Feb.," one of the disc's finest, has a male voice, in place of the sisters, and violins.

Lambchop, Aw C'mon and No, You C'mon, (Lambchop and Merge Records): Johnny Cash goes to Motown. I can't believe Lambchop don't rule the world — or at least make more top-10 lists. I always feel there's a mirrorball in my living room when I listen to Lambchop; and Kurt Wagner's deep voice makes me swoon.

Rilo Kiley, More Adventures, (Brute/Beaute): Jenny Lewis packs a lot of personality in her voice; she's both a wide-eyed girl and a jaded cynic, wanting to settle down and then running away in disgust from the love she thought she wanted. Sometimes I catch wind of her making fun of me, with my husband, two kids and giant drooling dog. But before I can take offense, she winks and offers to prop me up when I'm wilting.

Tanya Donelly, Whiskey Tango Ghosts, (4AD): Give Jenny Lewis 10 years and a few more ghosts, and she may release something like this. The aches are a little closer to the surface here. "Every Devil" is one of my favorite songs of 2004: a bittersweet love song with demons and dancing competing for the space around the bed.

Danger Mouse, The Grey Album, (Self Released): I never heard all of Jay-Z's Black Album, but loved the radio version of "Dirt Off Your Shoulder." So, for me, these remixes weren't like remixes. This collection of songs has just enough rock to keep me coming back, and just enough catchy foul-mouthed rhymes to send me off feeling I could kick someone's ass. And, like Jay-Z, I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one.

Various artists, "Ella Enchanted" Soundtrack, (Hollywood Records) : This was my favorite as a listening parent. It's the disc that moved my children away from the Wiggles and their ilk, and toward the next step in a kid's listening life: bouncy pop. Most of the songs are covers of '70s and '80s radio hits and are fun to listen to, especially Anne Hathaway's rollicking version of Queen's "Somebody to Love."

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