Surprise: Atmosphere takes the prize (again)

Surprise: Atmosphere takes the prize (again)

Star Tribune's Chris Reimenschneider published his annual

Twin Cities Critics Tall

y in today's paper, making it the fourth consecutive year that a Rhymesayers act was voted most popular by area writers and DJs. (Brother Ali won last year, P.O.S. took the cake in 2006 and Atmosphere won the first time around in 2005.) Though

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

wasn't in my personal top 10, I still think it's a great album and it has proven its staying power on both the local level and in the national arena. 

Here are the top albums, as chosen by local critics in this year's tally:
1. Atmosphere, "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That [Expletive] Gold"

2. Jeremy Messersmith, "The Silver City"

3. Haley Bonar, "Big Star"

4. Solid Gold, "Bodies of Water"

5. Vampire Hands, "Me and You Cherry Red"

6. Doomtree, "Doomtree"

7. Muja Messiah, "Thee Adventures of a B-Boy D-Boy"

8. Ben Weaver, "The Ax in the Oak"

9. Heiruspecs, "Heiruspecs"

10. Gary Louris, "Vagabonds"

11. Dillinger Four, "CIVIL WAR"

12. (tie) Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak, "Hand Over Fist"

Tapes 'N Tapes, "Walk It Off"

14. City on the Make, "$1,000,000"

15. (tie) Chris Koza, "The Dark, Delirious Morning"

Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, "Orange Peels & Rattlesnakes"

Paul Westerberg, "49:00"

18. The Absent Arch, "Keep Calm and Carry On"

19. Kid Dakota, "A Winner's Shadow"

20. (tie) Cecil Otter, "Rebel Yellow"

Private Dancer, "Trouble Eyes"

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