Before we announce our selections of the Top 10 locally produced albums of 2009 on Thursday, we’ll be taking a glance back at a few earlier years of the decade each day this week.
The Best Capital Region Albums of 2006Kamikaze Hearts’ “Oneida Road” (Collar City): It was a long time comin’, but the KHearts’ new one has been stuck inside my CD player ever since. The alt-country-folk quintet has created a bonafide masterpiece full of history, mystery and more than a few unexpected twists. Let’s hope that this is a big hit overseas when One Little Indian releases it in March. Not just the best local CD of the year, but one of the best local albums ever.
Jim Sande’s “Particle” (Labile Music): The second solo CD from the leader of the Jim Sande Ensemble delivers five delicious, sonically diverse suites of adventurous yet accessible music.
Mallory O’Donnell’s “Joy” (KBW Music): At just 17 years old, the Greenwich singer offered a surprisingly soulful and sophisticated debut that spans pop, jazz, rock and more.