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Top 90 of 2004 with Staff Picks

Here’s our list with staff picks…

Rank Artist Album
01 U2 HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB
02 Elvis Costello and the Imposters THE DELIVERY MAN
03 Eric Clapton ME & MR. JOHNSON
04 Cowboy Junkies ONE SOUL NOW
05 R.E.M. AROUND THE SUN
06 Norah Jones FEELS LIKE HOME
07 Marah 20,000 STREETS UNDER THE SKY
08 Wilco A GHOST IS BORN
09 Ben Harper THERE WILL BE A LIGHT
10 Crosby & Nash CROSBY/NASH
11 Ani DiFranco EDUCATED GUESS
12 Morrisey YOU ARE THE QUARRY
13 k.d. Lang HYMNS OF THE 49th PARALLEL
14 Tom Waits REAL GONE
15 Phish UNDERMIND
16 Ryan Adams LOVE IS HELL
17 Jesse Malin THE HEAT
18 Cake PRESSURE CHIEF
19 Indigo Girls ALL THAT WE LET IN
20 Los Lobos THE RIDE
21 Joss Stone MIND, BODY AND SOUL
22 The Cure THE CURE
23 Old 97’s DRAG IT UP
24 Gov’t Mule DEJA VOODOO
25 Elliot Smith FROM A BASEMENT ON THE HILL
26 Patti Scialfa 23rd STREET LULLABY
27 Finn Brothers EVERYONE IS HERE
28 Allison Krauss & Union Station LONELY RUNS BOTH WAYS
29 Joe Grushecky & The House Rockers TRUE COMPANION
30 Jeff Buckley GRACE (Legacy Edition)
31 G. Love THE HUSTLE
32 David Byrne GROWN BACKWARDS
33 Steve Earle THE REVOLUTION STARTS…NOW
34 Chris Robinson THIS MAGNIFICENT DISTANCE
35 Steve Forbert JUST LIKE THERE’S NOTHIN’ TO IT
36 The Polyphonic Spree TOGETHER WE’RE HEAVY
37 The Damnwells BASTARDS OF THE BEAT
38 They Might Be Giants THE SPINE
39 Clarence Clemons LIVE IN ASBURY PARK, VOL. 2
40 Jem FINALLY WOKEN
41 The Thrills SO MUCH FOR THE CITY
42 Bjork MEDULLA
43 Diana Krall THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM
44 Patty Griffin IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
45 Death Cab for Cutie TRANSATLANTICISM
46 Paul Westerburg FOLKER
47 Camper Van Beethoven NEW ROMAN TIMES
48 Jason Mraz TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN (live CD/DVD)
49 Todd Rundgren LIARS
50 The Polyphonic Spree THE BEGINNING STAGES OF…THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
51 Belle & Sebastian DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS
52 Badly Drawn Boy ONE PLUS ONE IS ONE
53 Toots & The Maytalls TRUE LOVE
54 Citizen Cope THE CLARENCE GREENWOOD RECORDINGS
55 Loretta Lynn VAN LEAR ROSE
56 Jill Sobule UNDERDOG VICTORIOUS
57 Jamie Cullum TWENTYSOMETHING
58 My Morning Jacket IT STILL MOVES
59 Robyn Hitchcock SPOOKED
60 Sonic Youth SONIC NURSE
61 Keb Mo’ KEEP IT SIMPLE
62 J.J. Cale TO TULSA AND BACK
63 Nick Drake MADE TO LOVE MAGIC (2004)
64 Juliana Hatfield IN EXILE DEO
65 Tommy Stinson VILLAGE GORILLA HEAD
66 Lloyd Cole MUSIC IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
67 Various Artists POR VIDA compilation
68 Patti Smith TRAMPIN’
69 Sun Kil Moon GHOSTS OF THE GREAT HIGHWAY
70 Drive By Truckers THE DIRTY SOUTH
71 Rachael Yamagata HAPPENSTANCE
72 Richard Shindell VUELTA
73 Jonatha Brooke BACK IN THE CIRCUS
74 Sondre Lerche TWO WAY MONOLOGUE
75 Hothouse Flowers INTO YOUR HEART
76 Kasey Chambers WAYWARD ANGEL
77 Charlie Musselwhite SANCTUARY
78 Keane HOPES AND FEARS
79 Christe McVie IN THE MEANTIME
80 Dr. John N’AWLINZ DIS DAT AND D’UDDA
81 Air TALKIE WALKIE
82 Jeffrey Gaines JEFFREY GAINES LIVE
83 Big Head Todd & The Monsters CRIMES OF PASSION
84 Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers AMERICANO!
85 De Sol DE SOL
86 Hem EVENINGLAND
87 Various Artists LORD OF THE RINGS:RETURN OF THE KING soundtrack
88 Various Artists 50 FIRST DATES soundtrack
89 Railroad Earth THE GOOD LIFE
90 Mark Knopfler Shangri-La
90.5 American Music Club Another Morning
Jeff Raspe’s Picks
  1. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb- U2
  2. Bastards Of The Beat- THE DAMNWELLS
  3. Trampin’- PATTI SMITH
  4. Split The Difference- GOMEZ
  5. Mind, Body & Soul- JOSS STONE
  6. Finally Woken- JEM
  7. Happenstance- RACHAEL YAMAGATA
  8. The Delivery Man- ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS
  9. Slow Down Kid- VAL EMMICH
  10. Around The Sun- REM
Leo Zaccari’s Picks
  1. ACTION PACT - SLOAN
  2. FINALLY WOKEN - JEM
  3. PARTYS OVER - NICOLE ATKINS
  4. DRAG IT UP - OLD 97S
  5. HAPPENSTANCE - RACHAEL YAMAGATA
  6. REVENGE OF THE BRUNETTE - APRIL SMITH
  7. FORGET YOURSELF - THE CHURCH
  8. JUST LIKE BLOOD - TOM MCRAE
  9. LEAVE THE LIGHT ON - BETH HART
  10. EVENINGLAND - HEM

Rich Robinson’s Picks

  1. THIS MAGNIFICENT DISTANCE- Chris Robinson
  2. RESURRECTION- Brian Vander Ark
  3. ACTION PACT- Sloan
  4. TRAMPIN’- Patti Smith
  5. BASTARDS OF THE BEAT- Damnwells
  6. VUELTA- Richard Shindell
  7. UH HUH HER- PJ Harvey
  8. TOO CLOSE TO SEE FAR- Cosmic Rough Riders
  9. HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB- U2
  10. ME & MR. JOHNSON- Eric Clapton
Tom Brennan’s Picks
  1. MEDULLA- BJORK
  2. THE SPINE- THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
  3. SONGS FROM THE FRONT PORCH- MICHAEL FRANTI
  4. HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB- U2
  5. THIS MAGNIFICENT DISTANCE- CHRIS ROBINSON
  6. PRESSURE CHIEF- CAKE
  7. FUTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR AMERICA- VARIOUS ARTISTS
  8. THE DELIVERY MAN- ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS
  9. TALKIE WALKIE- AIR
  10. UNDERDOG VICTORIOUS- JILL SOBULE
Top Indie Albums
  1. The Heat- JESSE MALIN
  2. In Exile Deo- JULIANA HATFIELD
  3. Songs From The Front Porch- MICHAEL FRANTI
  4. Championship Boxing- CANTINERO
  5. One Moment More- MINDY SMITH
  6. Into Your Heart- HOTHOUSE FLOWERS
  7. Action Pact- SLOAN
  8. This Magnificent Distance- CHRIS ROBINSON
  9. Transatlantic Ping Pong- GLENN TILBROOK
  10. Vuelta- RICHARD SHINDELL