Lifted or The Story is in the Soil....
1. Bright Eyes, Lifted and Desaparecidos, Read Music/Speak Spanish (Saddle Creek): Is it cheating to lump Omaha genius Conor Oberst's dazzling one-two punch, with two different bands, into a single spot? Perhaps, but while the difficult, overcooked Lifted or the savage, searing Read Music might either one have topped my list, but they're best taken together.
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