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The Best CDs of 2004

2004 was a year when a handful of artists with their best days long behind them surprised us with their strongest music; Loretta Lynn and Brian Wilson come to mind. It was also a year when a lot of new musicians recorded some of the most personal and fragile songs you'll hear -- Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes, Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens to name a few.

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