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By Kyle Anderson
Updated November 18, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

The Beach Boys, The Smile Sessions
”It’s such a painfully beautiful album — sort of an all-encompassing American music landscape, with this lyrical idea of moving west to the shores of California. I haven’t even fully digested it. There are five discs, and I think I’ve gone through two.”

ESG, Come Away With ESG
”They were this amazing all-female band from New York. It’s incredibly danceable, sort of post-punk but groove-based.”

Luke Abbott, Holkham Drones
”A total bedroom electronic record, super-warm and analog. It’s a great headphone album — I wouldn’t throw it on to dance.”

Talk Talk, Spirit of Eden
”They obviously had pop hits, but this album blew my mind. You can definitely hear echoes of what we now hear in Radiohead.”

The Lijadu Sisters, Double Trouble
”There’s a great record store in New York called Tropicalia in Furs; I always walk out with stuff I love. This is two Nigerian sisters who recorded in the ’70s and ’80s, and it’s a wonderful, hooky sort of African funk-soul.”