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Continued: Twin Cities Critics Tally 2013: Lizzo's bang-up year

15. Frankie Lee, “Middle West”

After sideman stints with Molly Maher’s Disbelievers and Tim O’Reagan and an extended stay in Austin, Texas, this Midwest farm boy finally harvested his experiences into a five-song debut EP with elegant, Jayhawks-style twang-rock and classic sawdusty country, delivered via a warm, sandy voice and rich guitar work. (45)

16. Kitten Forever, “Pressure”

“My body is not me,” one of this brat-punky trio’s interchangeable frontwomen howls a few songs into their debut LP, which was disguised as a double-7-inch in ultra-indie fashion. Their bass-driven wallop suggests guitars are overrated, while their two-minute songs and snide attacks on body image prove size doesn’t matter. (44)

17. The Replacements, “Songs for Slim EP”

What started as a simple plan to record one of their former guitarist Slim Dunlap’s songs for a benefit series ended up being the year’s most talked-about rock reunion. In between, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson dropped this spirited five-song EP, including Gordon Lightfoot and Hank Williams covers and another excellent Dunlap tune by ex-drummer Chris Mars. (43)

18. Maud Hixson, “Don’t Let a Good Thing Get Away”

With a cast of MVP New York backers, the St. Louis Park-reared cabaret singer lovingly and deftly paid tribute to the works of Broadway composer Mickey Leonard (of “The Yearling” and Streisand’s “I’m All Smiles” fame), including four never-before-recorded compositions that justify the album’s title. (42)

19. Dorothy Doring & Phil Mattson, “Compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn”

The underrated jazz singer and the veteran pianist kept it simple and classy on this intimate collection of standards, many of which have been done to death but seem to effortlessly come to life again in the hands of these seasoned pros. (40)

20. (tie) France Camp, “France Camp”

Ex-Howler bassist Jay Simonson’s first LP under his long-used pseudonym offers all the reverb and surf-guitar chop of his former band with more psychedelic pop sparkle. (38)

The Blind Shake, “Key to a False Door”

With their car-crash-like dueling guitar parts still at the forefront, brothers Jim and Mike Blaha added a little melody and song structure to their scorching power-trio’s fourth album — like a pinch of salt to a greasy, thick steak. (38)

Honorable mentions

BB Gun, “BB Gun” (37)

Pennyroyal, “Baby I’m Against It” (33)

Dosh, “Milk Money” (30)

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