hide captionChicago Tribune critic Greg Kot says bluesman Otis Taylor experiments with new sounds and surprising instruments on his CD Below the Fold.
Every year 35,000 new CDs are released. With all those artists clamoring for an audience, it's not surprising that some musical gems get overlooked.
hide captionAlexandra Patsavas, who supervises the music on the TV show The O.C., had high praise for Irish singer Gemma Hayes' The Roads Don't Love You.
As the year comes to a close, NPR asked a few people who monitor the music business to comb through their files to share a few of this year's releases that, in their view, didn't get the attention they deserved.
Michele Norris talks about the year's best overlooked albums with: Greg Kot, pop music critic for The Chicago Tribune and co-host of Chicago Public Radio music program Sound Opinions. Also weighing in: Chris Douridas, host of the KCRW music program "New Ground" and a music supervisor for a number of TV and film projects; and Alexandra Patsavas, who supervises the music for a number of Hollywood shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Wthout A Trace, and The O.C..
Greg Kot's Picks:
* Out Hud — Let Us Never Speak of It Again
* Tom Brosseau — What I Mean to Say is Goodbye
* Otis Taylor — Below the Fold
* Sons and Daughters — The Repulsion Box
* High on Fire — Blessed Black Wings
* The Perceptionists — Black Dialogue
Chris Douridas' Picks:
* Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle — You've Stolen My Heart!