Quick Spins: Best Music of 2018

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FILE PHOTO: Ryatt Sorensen, 2, takes a front row position to listen to music during Mount Pleasant Day, Saturday September 16, 2018 at the Mount Pleasant Campus Park. Booths and interactive displays featured the Mount Pleasant Police Department, South Shore Fire Department, private businesses, and community organizations. (c) Mark Hertzberg for www.racinecountyeye.com

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holiday musicIn 2018, I reviewed 89 compacts discs and a handful of vinyl albums in this column.

Though it’s hard to boil that many release down to a list of favorites, below you’ll find my top ten, followed by five of the best local releases I had the pleasure of listening to.

Quick Spins picks

Top 10 national music releases

1. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land
2. Boyz II Men – Under The Streetlight
3. Johnny Cash – The Total Sun Collection
4. Ace Frehley – Spaceman
5. John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
6. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
7. Joel Paterson – Hi-Fi Christmas Party Guitar
8. Chris Richards & The Subtractions – Peaks & Valleys
9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Live In 1960
10. CeCe Winans – Something’s Happening!

Top Five Local Releases

1. Jack & Jill – Snow People
2. Mixed Company – Turn It Up
3. The Pryzmatics – Always
4. Roosevelt Dolls – Secret
5. Slaughter Party! – Psychos In Love

Longtime local music maven Dan Pavelich has joined us at Racine County Eye. Look for Dan’s weekly CD and LP reviews, Quick Spins, as well as news about local musicians, gigs, and recordings of interest.


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