U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: loving track 5-City of Blinding Lights
Styx - Greatest Hits: liking the old stuff best, especially Lorelei, and things from Crystal Ball.
Maria Schneider - Allegresse: amazing album all the way around. also Concert in the Garden.
Richard Bona - Mumia: great stuff.
have to think about the other questions...
"two eyes looked to see what I was..."