Most of these have been fairly well documented on here. But just in case you missed it (lucky you!), here are nine or so particularly fertile areas of the musical landscape that I’ve explored this year:

9. Mary Star of the Sea – Zwan. 2010 was the year my anti-Billy Corgan snobbery finally bit the dust. While Mellon Collie was the initial vehicle of reappraisal (it’s good!), it was this 2003 outing that’s stuck with me most. That the lyrics have more than a passing (and sympathetic) mention of spiritual matters doesn’t hurt. Favorite tracks: “Declarations of Faith” and “Lyric”.

8. Butterfly…

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