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The Best Albums You'll Hear on Top 40 Radio

CD Cover Image. Title: St. Elsewhere, Artist:   Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley

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1. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
2. KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
3. Beyoncé, B'Day
4. Fergie, The Dutchess
5. Jack Johnson, Curious George: Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies
6. Justin Timberlake, Futuresex/Lovesounds
7. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
8. Pink, I'm Not Dead
9. Gwen Stefani, The Sweet Escape
10. John Mayer, Continuum

The Best Albums You Probably Haven't Heard Yet

CD Cover Image. Title: Anti Depressant, Artist:   Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsAnti Depressant
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

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1. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Anti Depressant
2. Solomon Burke, Nashville
3. Raul Malo, You're Only Lonely
4. Ray LaMontagne, Till the Sun Turns Black
5. Scritti Politti, White Bread Black Beer
6. My Brightest Diamond, Bring Me the Workhorse
7. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
8. Elizabeth Mitchell, You Are My Little Bird
9. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Kris Delmhorst, Strange Conversation

The Best New Albums from Old Favorites

CD Cover Image. Title: Endless Wire, Artist:   WhoEndless Wire

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1. Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing
2. Candi Staton, His Hands
3. Gladys Knight, Before Me
4. Smokey Robinson, Timeless Love
5. Lindsey Buckingham, Under the Skin [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]
6. Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, All the Roadrunning
7. Ramblin' Jack Elliott, I Stand Alone
8. New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
9. The Who, Endless Wire
10. Tom Petty, Highway Companion

The Best Albums for Adventurous Listeners

CD Cover Image. Title: Return to Cookie Mountain [Bonus Tracks], Artist:   TV on the RadioReturn to Cookie Mountain [Bonus Tracks]
TV on the Radio

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1. Ali Farka Toure, Savane
2. Hot Chip, The Warning
3. M. Ward, Post-War
4. Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar
5. Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
6. Yat-Kha, Re-Covers
7. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, What's Going On
8. The Klezmatics, Wonder Wheel
9. Marisa Monte, Universo ao Meu Redor
10. TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

The Best of the Box Sets

CD Cover Image. Title: Sinatra - Vegas [CD/DVD], Artist: Frank  SinatraSinatra - Vegas [CD/DVD]
Frank Sinatra

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1. Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel [Box Set]
2. Tom Waits, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
3. Buddy Guy, Can't Quit the Blues
4. A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box
5. John Coltrane, Fearless Leader [Box Set]
6. What It Is: Funky Soul & Rare Grooves
7. Mozart: Complete Works
8. The Byrds, There Is a Season
9. Tori Amos, A Piano: The Collection [B&N Exclusive Version]
10. Frank Sinatra, Vegas

The Best Serious Listening

CD Cover Image. Title: Bach and Beyond, Artist: Gabriela  MonteroBach and Beyond
Gabriela Montero

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1. Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau
2. Robert Spano, Golijov: Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears)
3. Tony Bennett, Duets: An American Classic
4. Hilary Hahn, Paganini, Spohr: Violin Concertos
5. Sting, Songs from the Labyrinth
6. José Serebrier, Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions
7. John Adams, Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur, My Father Knew Charles Ives
8. Anne Sofie von Otter, I Let The Music Speak
9. Rolando Villazón, Opera Recital
10. Gabriela Montero, Bach & Beyond

Our Absolute Faves of 2006

CD Cover Image. Title: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [Bonus Tracks], Artist: Bruce  SpringsteenWe Shall Overcome
The Seeger Sessions [Bonus Tracks]

Bruce Springsteen

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1. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions
2. The Beatles, Love
3. Vince Gill, These Days
4. Cat Power, The Greatest [Slipcase Edition]
5. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
6. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
7. Renée Fleming, Homage - The Age of the Diva
8. Christina Aguilera, Back to Basics
9. Jenny Lewis, Rabbit Fur Coat
10. Ray Charles, Ray Sings, Basie Swings

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