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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
"The Traveling Kind"
Nonesuch

There's a scene in the first season of "Nashville" where Rayna James approaches a young rock producer to make her next album. She's only written one song toward the project, but nevertheless, she's more interested in her sound.

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Alabama Shakes
"Sound & Color"
ATO

In 2012, Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg and Steve Johnson went from working day jobs to releasing their first album, "Boys and Girls." Counting artists such as David Bowie and Adele as fans, the band enjoyed critical acclaim for its debut.

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Brian Wilson
"No Pier Pressure"
Capitol

"No Pier Pressure," Brian Wilson's first album since the Beach Boys reunion ended, is a confounding record, often drowning the master of harmonies, ironically, beneath the pressure of his peers.

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Kendrick Lamar
"To Pimp a Butterfly"
Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope

In the early days of Kendrick Lamar's career, no one would have pegged him as a guy with a message. But as this Compton kid's career evolved so did his lyrics and purpose, and that is ever more present on "To Pimp a Butterfly."

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Drake
"If You're Reading This It's Too Late"
Cash Money

One night in December 2013, while many people were getting ready to turn in for the night, and others took to Facebook and Instagram for some late night reading, a quick scroll past singer Beyonce's page revealed she had released a surprise album. You couldn't hear it, but you could hear a collective OMG across the Internet.

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Bob Dylan
"Shadows in the Night"
Columbia

Last May, on the anniversary of Frank Sinatra's fatal heart attack, Bob Dylan released his own version of the Chairman's classic, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." Sparse and wistful, the release hinted at a new album but was left unexplained at the time.

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Becky Buller
"'Tween Earth and Sky"
Dark Shadow Recording

Becky Buller has, until now, been known principally in the bluegrass world as a songwriter, and her list of credits bears that out. Her songs have been recorded by a who's who of the bluegrass world, and they in turn have had great success with her songs.

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Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
"Avalon"
+180 Records

The cover photo of this disc is a composite of Julian essay writing service Lage and Chris Eldridge, one image overlaid on the other. It's hard to see who belongs to which hands, or which head goes with which shirt, and indeed, the music on this disc continues in that vein -- they play so closely together, it is as if the two minds have become one. It's unreal.

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Sean Watkins
"All I Do Is Lie"
Roaring Girl

If you were a musician and needed a place to hide -- say you're on the run from an angry spouse or the revenue man -- you might consider standing next to Chris Thile.

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Hot Rize
"When I’m Free"
Thirty Tigers

If you’re not excited to hear that Hot Rize has a new album out, then you should be. The quartet is a defining band in the grand sweep of bluegrass, formed as a supergroup in a sense, though perhaps that only came after the fact.

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