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Top Ten January Albums Since 2000

While the month has always been bountiful for new releases, some January albums often get left off of many year-end, best album lists. Those that do make it onto such lists have to be albums that are enjoyable enough to merit listens well into the later months of the year. 
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To celebrate these solid early-bloomers, I have compiled a list of the top ten best albums released in January since 2000.
Read on for a look at what discs made the list.

1. Animal Collective -- Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino, Jan. 6, 2009)
Merriweather Post Pavilion is the best album to be released in January in a long time -- perhaps ever. I may be a shameless indie whore, but this album is fucking good. It's the earliest released album on this list, and it managed to end up as a clear favorite for the year's best upon its release. There is a certain Midas Touch-bias towards AnCo, as the kids call them, with whatever the band or its solo members release instantly turning to gold, at least in the eyes of hip 16-35 year olds. I say they had to work hard to get that respect, and Merriweather Post Pavilion is their shining accomplishment -- the best album to be released in the month of January.

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