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Old 12-04-2011, 05:55 PM
Top ten albums of 2011



1 / Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

A good friend from high school came out to visit, a couple months after this album was released. We both loved Radiohead back in the days, as most of my friends did, but he had largely written them off after Kid A. I played him this new one as he hadn't heard it yet, and he didn't like it, rather angrily calling it "hard to listen to". I've seen many other people, even on this board, express the same sentiment, and can't fault people for saying so. TKOL isn't easy listening, and is at times rather challenging. I think Radiohead have to be credited for continuing to challenge and shake up their own sound, even if many longtime fans don't follow them on the journey.

Oh, and I think it's at least on par with 2008's In Rainbows, if not better.



2 / True Widow - As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth

I've been enamoured of this band from Texas, since I heard the song "Duelist" from their last, self-titled record, last year on Pandora. Doom rock, sludge rock, shoegaze, it doesn't really matter what you call it--it's all good.



3 / Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning

I've gone in recent years from scornful to curious to downright converted to the band Porcupine Tree. They're doing what I probably most want to hear from any band right now: tight, at-times technical songs that actually feel written and not scrapped together. Which brings me to PT leader Steven Wilson's second solo album. Ambitious and sprawling, at many times ("Deform to Form A Star") looking back to the 70's for inspiration, with feet firmly planted in the now ("No Part Of Me").

I could do without the stabbing choral keyboard sounds (I just assume they're keyboards), which Wilson falls back on too often here, but this is largely a great album nonetheless that I'll be listening to a lot in the coming months.



4/ Screaming Trees - Last Words

Is it cheating to include an album recorded by the band somewhere in the late 90's? Here's a grunge-era rock act I didn't know I sorely missed until this collection came out. Intended to be their headstone as a band but never released, "Last Words" contains some of the Mark Lanegan-fronted band's stongest material ("Reflections", "Anita Grey") and some of it's lighter offerings ("Door Into Summer") are memorable reminders of this great band.



5 / Trail Of Dead - Tao Of The Dead

I had all but written off Trail Of Dead after the rather lackluster "Century Of Self", a fine but forgettable collection of songs from a few years ago that more often than not forgot the rock. "Tao Of The Dead" more than makes up for that, and frequently points back to their glory days of Source Tags And Codes.



6 / Rival Schools - Pedals

I missed out on this indie rock collective in their heyday. A friend took me to their show after the release of this album, and I'm pleasantly surprised by the straight-ahead, non-pretentious rocking out of this album and their sound. Recommended.



7 / Steven Malkmus and The Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Another 90's luminary (see a theme here with my picks?), ex-Pavement Malkmus frontman continues to crack out the solo albums, and this Beck-produced effort is at turns rocking, sweet, psychedelic, fuzzy, expansive, progressive, way out there and all in between, just like some of the best of Pavement. His best solo outing IMO since Pig Lib.



8 / PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

To say I was a bit disappointed with Let England Shake is putting it gently. Harvey is constantly changing her approach, and this stylistically transistional album's paaens to her homeland are at turns jarring and disturbing, as are lyrics detailing the horrors of war. Like the best of her work, the listener is left with much to chew on at the end, and the strongest stuff here ("The Last Living Rose", "Written On The Forehead") makes up for the some of the more awkward material.



9 / Low - C'Mon

After the sonically eclectic The Great Destroyer and the war-traumatizied Drums And Guns, this album finds the former slo-core heroes settling in for some very laid-back but pleasant songs ("Try To Sleep", "Somethings Turning Over"). Guitarist / singer Alan Sparhawk also finds time to wield some very menacing guitar solos ("Witches"), and knock out an eight-minute epic that recalls some of their early work ("Nothing But Heart").



10 / Plaid - Scintilli

A headtrip in every sense of the word, the cinematic and very knotty, sometimes intricate electronic music that Plaid comes up with continues to dazzle and still take several listens to fully process. No one does this stuff like Plaid.

Honorable Mentions -

††† (Crosses) (EP)

Deftones' Chino Moreno's latest side-work finds him getting down with the electronics similar to his last offshoot, Team Sleep, but with an even more menacing and 80's influenced vibe. Looking forward to a full-length from these guys.

Also, I still haven't heard Reznor's amibitous, forthcoming Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST, which could very well deserve a spot on this list.

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Old 12-04-2011, 06:00 PM
1. Opeth - Heritage
2. Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning
3. Crosses -†††
4. Radiohead - King of Limbs
5. The Black Keys - El Camino
6. Eddie Vedder - Ukelele Songs
7. Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (Yep)
8. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:31 PM
1. Collapse Into Now- R.E.M.
2. Strange Mercy- St. Vincent
3. Nine Types of Light- TV on the Radio
4. Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
5. Screws Get Loose- Those Darlin's
6. Hisingen Blues- Graveyard
7. Rolling Blackouts- The Go! Team
8. Born This Way- Lady Gaga (yeah w/e deal withit)
9. Wounded Rhymes- Lykke Li
10. Thank You, Happy Birthday- Cage the Elephant


my picks.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:30 AM
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:47 PM
I don't have 10, but here are the ones I liked this year:







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Old 12-06-2011, 12:16 PM
I've only listened to (EDIT) two albums this year, and have enjoyed them both quite a bit:
New Found Glory - Radiotherapy

Four Year Strong - In Some Way, Shape, Or Form

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Old 12-10-2011, 03:17 PM
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Also, I still haven't heard Reznor's amibitous, forthcoming Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST, which could very well deserve a spot on this list.

trust me hun....it does!!
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:10 PM
In no particular order...

P J Harvey - Let England Shake
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Drive-By Truckers - Go Go Boots
The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
The Naked & The Dead - Passive Me, Aggresive You
Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
The Joy Formibable - The Big Roar
The Horrors - Skying
Wild Beasts - Smother
Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:56 PM
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trust me hun....it does!!
I picked it up a few nights ago--it's very impressive..
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:41 AM
Top 10 Albums of 2011

01. Bon Iver Bon Iver
02. Parallelax Atlas Sound
03. The King of Limbs Radiohead
04. Father, Son, Holy Ghost Girls
05. Days Real Estate
06. Strange Mercy St. Vincent
07. Nine Types of Light T.V. On the Radio
08. Zonoscope Cut Copy
09. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming M83
10. Undun The Roots

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Old 12-18-2011, 03:24 PM
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Little Scream - The Golden Record
Cults - Cults
Battles - Gloss Drop
Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:25 AM
1. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
3. The Horrors - Skying
4. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
5. Yuck - Yuck
6. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
7. Wye Oak - Civilian
8. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
9. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
10. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:04 PM
No order, leaving out re-releases and live albums, strictly new music:

The Vaccines - What did you expect from the vaccines?
Black Keys - El Camino
Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
Title Fight - Shed
Portugal the Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud
The Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
The Strokes - Angles
Taking Back Sunday - Taking back sunday
Misfits - Devil's Rain (hey I liked it)
Hunx & His Punx - Too Young to be in love
Tapes n Tapes - Outside

My personal favorite of the year is ever the Vaccines or the new Black Keys
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:28 PM
01. Oneohtrix Point Never - "Replica"
02. Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up"
03. Nicolas Jaar - "Space is Only Noise"
04. Destroyer - "Kaputt"
05. John Maus "We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves"
06. Panda Bear - "Tomboy"
07. St. Vincent - "Strange Mercy"
08. Junior Boys - "It's All True"
09. Cass McCombs - "WIT'S END"
10. Atlas Sound - "Parallax"

The others: Elite Gymnastics, Gang Gang Dance, Tim Hecker, Julianna Barwick, Ford & Lopatin, Times New Viking, Bon Iver
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:12 AM
1. Evanescence-Evanescence
2. The Sounds-Something to Die For
3. Adele-21
4. Christina Perri-Lovestrong
5. Staind-Staind
6. The Submarines-Love Notes/Letter Bombs
7. Seether-Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray
8. Colbie Caillat-All of You
9. Lenka-Two
10. Red Hot Chili Pepers-I'm with You
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:49 AM
I haven't listened to a ton, but my favorite album this year is Undun by The Roots.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:21 PM
caretaker
tim hecker
zomby
m83
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:30 AM
a lot of stuff I LIKED in 2011 but very few albums which I truly LOVED. Only Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (which might be a 2010 release ...though I'm not quite sure) and Bon Iver fall into the latter category.

I also enjoyed PJ Harvey's latest so-so album, Radiohead's King of Limbs (which is great but not as earth-shatteringly awesome as OK Computer, Kid A oder In Rainbows) and Tom Waits' Bad as Me.

Biggest not-that-bad-but-nonetheless-a-diappointment: Wilco's The Whole Love - a good(!) album which - pretty much like Let England Shake - is a mixed bag quality-wise. It contains some of Jeff Tweedy's most beautiful songs ever but also a handful of pretty mediocre stuff ...and I expect nothing less than all-around perfect greatness from Wilco, that's why I'm disappointed

Awful: Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica. Jeez, how could they fuck up a collaboration like that?!? Well, they did. Duh!
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:01 AM
Cass McCombs County Line

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Shabazz Palaces Black Up

M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:33 AM
The Smile Sessions - The Beach Boys
w h o k i l l - Tune Yards
Father, Son, Holy Ghost - Girls
The Year of Hibernation - Youth Lagoon
Strange Mercy - St. Vincent
Tomboy - Panda Bear
All Eternals Deck - The Mountain Goats
Vacation - Bomb The Music Industry!
Mirror Traffic - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Watch The Throne - The Throne
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:18 PM
I say this with utmost sincerity, the only album I loved all year was Childish Gambino's Camp.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:29 PM
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:37 PM
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Cass McCombs County Line

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Shabazz Palaces Black Up

M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Heh...I've not heard any of these. Yet. I'll give them a spin because I trust your opinion above most.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:05 PM
1 Beyonce, 4
2 Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby
3 Britney Spears, Femme Fatale
4 Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
5 Adele, 21
6 Lady Gaga, Born This Way
7 Jessie J, Who You Are
8 Evanescence, Evanescence
9 Pixie Lott, Young Foolish Happy
10 Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:47 PM
I like all the different choices from the schmoes but it's a sad sad day when i can't name 10 albums in a "best of".

Maybe i'd rather listen to old classics and/or just getting older but 2011 wasn't a good year for me.

1. Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal ? (digital punk)

Fav Track : Codebreaker

2. KMFDM - WTF? (industrial rock)

Fav Track : Lynchmob

3. Ladytron - Gravity The Seducer (electro)

Fav Track : Ace of Hz

4. In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading (metal)

Fav Track : Fear is the Weakness

5. Thrice - Minor/Major (alt-rock)

Fav Track : Minor/Major

6. Nightwish - Imaginaerium (metal)

Fav Track : Storytime

7. Justice - Audio , Video , Disco (electronic)

Fav Track : Civilization

8. Skinny Puppy - HanDover (industrial)

Fav Track : Cullorblind
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