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RARB Picks of 2023

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2023 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2023 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to.

Reviewers were also asked to select Tracks of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the tracks that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers could also abstain from making selections in any or all categories.

Finally, our singles reviewers and editorial staff jointly chose one Single of the Year.

Albums of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Tracks of the Year

Single of the Year

Ransom Notes (University of Chicago) – TAKE WHAT YOU WANT

It wasn't even close; every single member of our panel had this awesome track by the Ransom Notes at the top of their list for Single of the Year. The sheer creativity on display in the arrangement and the production, not to mention the bold, angsty leads from Achu Menon and Hina Masuda Singh, placed TAKE WHAT YOU WANT a cut above everything else we heard this year.

Rebecca Christie

Jonathan Minkoff


Kimberly Raschka Sailor

Catherine Lewis

Brian Alexander

Kyle Yampiro

Andrew Adams

Stephen Lanza

Louis Jack Ades

Dan Fister


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