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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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