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Todd Kennedy's Top 10 Albums Of 2023

What a year. Coming out of the pandemic, the music world rallied with new found freedom in 2023. New groups formed, old groups reformed and the music kept playing on WFIT. These are a few of my favorites that were in heavy rotation at my house this year.

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1.  Boygenius - The Record (Interscope)
Indie supergroup with Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers. Each artist contributes their own sound to make a rocking album of girl power. Also the recent EP The Rest is a nice addition to the collection.

2. The National - Laugh Track (4AD)
The second album The National released this year. Features Phoebe Bridgers and Rosanne Cash. Producer Tucker Martine adds a pristine sound.

3. Bully - Lucky For You (Sub Pop)
Alicia Bognanno turns up the amp to 11 for a rocking good time. Alicia could be Bob Mould’s long lost cousin with a guitar.

4. Slowdive - Everything Is Alive (Dead Oceans)
Neil Halstead & Co. delivers their fifth Slowdive album, one of their best. It’s not just for shoegazing.

5. Romy - Mid Air (XL Recordings)
The debut solo album from the vocalists of the XX, Romy recalls the dance pop sheen of Madonna.

6. Sufjan Stevens - Javelin (Asthmatic Kitty)
It’s been a while, but we have a new Sufjan album.
Tender, lovely folk music. The album is dedicated to his late partner Evan Richardson.

7. Lana Del Rey - Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (Interscope Records)
Lana Del Rey describes the strange glamour of a crumbling American dream. Sweeping and layered production.

8. PJ Harvey - I Inside The Old Year Dying (Partisan)
A companion to her book Orlam, with themes of life, love, death and solace. Don’t miss PJ Harvey’s performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

9. Jungle - Volcano (AWAL)
The U.K dance collective grooves like an old soul record. Hit the dance floor.

10. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Weathervanes
Jason is one of the greatest southern gothic music songwriters, telling stories of human struggles with hope and mercy.

Originally from Boston, Todd Kennedy began volunteering at WFIT 89.5 FM in 1992 as a late night jazz DJ. In 1998 he was hired as Director of Operations and in 2004 he became Program Director until his retirement in 2022.