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As part of the Music for the March series, I’m featuring collections of Amazon MP3 albums.  Purchase any MP3 album between now and September 23rd, and I’ll donate ALL of my Amazon Affiliate commission (which is 10% of the album cost, up to $1.50) to March of Dimes.  You can follow my fundraising efforts (and make other contributions) here.

This collection focuses on me, more specifically, my favorite albums.  Click any of the links below to contribute to March of Dimes by purchasing the album. 

The Strokes, Is This It.  This album was a revolution for my playlist.  I didn’t listen to The Strokes, when they debuted during my high school career, and, thus, I robbed myself of much happiness.  Here’s what makes the album so great for me.  The album’s most popular songs–“Someday” and “Last Nite”–are good songs, but are nowhere near the best songs on the album.  I’m not alone, here; Rolling Stone magazine named Is This It the second best album of the decade (2000-2009). 

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Derek Webb, I See Things Upside DownISTUD is Webb at his best:  musically and lyrically.  It was Webb’s second solo album and had an experimental rock sound.  I must confess some nostalgia with this choice.  When ISTUD came in the mail (yes back then, most humans still ordered physical copies of music), it hijacked my attention, going with me straight to my scheduled college German lab.  Later, I was the promoter for a Webb concert at my university.  Those were the good ole days.  The album also features my favorite song, “Reputation.”     

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Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.  The only negative thing I can say about this album is its lame title.  To Phoenix’s credit, they revolutionized their sound for this album, and for moments, Phoenix sounds less like a band, a more like alternative rock composers.  Phoenix’s unlikely success in 2009—culminating with a Grammy award for alternative rock album of the year—initiated the francophone momentum that, a year later, landed Arcade Fire the Grammy award for album of the year.      

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Andy Davis, Thinks of Her.  This is a wonderful, unfairly unheralded, album.  Davis’ follow-up album Let the Woman is worth your while, as well. 

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Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker.  A college roommate helped me to distinguish between Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams and greatly improved my quality of life.  Heartbreaker is an artful amalgam of folk, blues, and rock.  For Adams, it’s been a burdensome breakthrough album, one to which all of his others albums have been compared; yet, it’s better to peak early than never to peak at all.

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Children are a great gift! I’m blessed to have two happy and healthy little ones, who were big babies at birth (both over 9 pounds!). However, several friends of mine have children who faced complications because of premature birth. Knowing what they went through has led me to be more active in March of Dimes this year.

I hope you will participate this year, as well.  Through The Persistence of Song, I want to offer you an easy way to be involved – the Music for the March series.

Posts in the Music for the March series will feature a collection of Amazon MP3 albums.  Purchase any MP3 album between now and September 23rd, and I’ll donate ALL of my Amazon Affiliate commission (which is 10% of the album cost, up to $1.50) to March of Dimes.  You can follow my fundraising efforts (and make other contributions) here.

This week’s collection consists of my candidates for the 53rd Grammy Awards (to be held in February).  One of my most visited entries on this blog is this post, which featured a few mid-year Grammy predictions.  Click any of the links below to contribute to March of Dimes by purchasing the album.  Checkout the YouTube clips to see if the albums are up your alley.

Album of the Year

Adele, 21 Adele (who happens to share my last name) has the voice of an old-soul, and 21 is a great production, with, imagine this, real instruments!

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Alternative Rock Album of the Year

My Morning Jacket, Circuital I cannot write coherently about Circuital without teenage-girl gushing.  The album’s title track has no serious competition for best rock song of the year.

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Best New Artist/Best Contemporary Folk Album  

The Civil Wars, Barton Hallow If anything, we should all rally behind them to keep Bon Iver (pronounce that like your French) and their prating falsettos at bay in the Folk Album category.

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Best Bluegrass Album  

Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest Ten tracks of minimalist, newgrass excellence.  It will be difficult for this album to win the bluegrass category, since the Academy plans to rename the award, “the Allison Kraus Award for Excellence in Bluegrass.”

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Albums that Deserve a Nomination

Abigail Washburn, City of Refuge, for Best Bluegrass Album.

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The Head and the Heart, The Head and the Heart, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

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King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

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