by Josh Hurst

Or: Favorites of 2017, a quarter of the way in.


“Surely a monthly log of worthy new releases is something I can maintain,” I wrote back in February– yet here we are, with me overdue for a March round-up but insufficient time on my hands to do my favorite recent releases any justice.

I’ll make it up to you, I swear– possibly with a mid-April round-up, or maybe just with an epic post at month’s end.

For now, and since it’s About That Time anyway, let me offer some quick recommendations… ten favorites from the year, a quarter of the way into it.

  1. The Order of Time, Valerie June
  2. Close Ties, Rodney Crowell
  3. Windy City, Alison Krauss
  4. Mental Illness, Aimee Mann
  5. Hot Thoughts, Spoon
  6. Stitch of Time, Tift Merritt
  7. Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels
  8. Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens
  9. Semper Femina, Laura Marling
  10. Natural Conclusion, Rose Cousins