Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 25 Albums of 2011

Yeah yeah, okay we all know the year is winding down and that tomorrow marks the beginning of always mistakingly writing down "2011" instead of "2012".  I swear it takes me at least two months to remember to put the new and correct year down on tests or papers.  Tomorrow also symbolizes a time of change with people devoting themselves to resolutions and new hopes, a time of mystery and wonder of what's to come, a time to start anew!  In a less emotional sense that actually pertains to the blog, there is a new excitement that brews with the onslaught of new releases that is soon to come our way.  Our questions will finally be answered!  Will Passion Pit finally come out with new music?  Will Lou Reed and Metallica hastily ready a follow-up EP to this year's Lulu?  Will Dr. Dre unleash Detox upon us at long last?!  (No).  Will LCD Soundsystem give in to their urges and decide to regroup?  Who knows, but those questions will be answered in due time.  For now, it is a time of reflection of the past year, and what a fantastic year it was.  Since it is the last day of the year, and since everyone else is doing it, I've put together a list of my favorite 25 albums of 2011. Below is a compilation of albums that truly grabbed me, it's straight-forward and honest.  I have ordered them based purely on listening enjoyment, trying not to worry so much about what may have been "cutting-edge" or "ahead of its time".  Is this good or correct?  I dunno.  Either way people will disagree with some selections regardless. Anyway, the list is posted below for those interested.  Enjoy!

25.  On the Water by Future Islands

24.  936 by Peaking Lights

23.  Era Extra├▒a by Neon Indian

22.  We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves by John Maus

21.  Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

20.  Civilian by Wye Oak

19.  Parallax by Atlas Sound

18.  Quilt by Quilt

17.  Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean

16.  Kaputt by Destroyer

15.  Twerps by Twerps

14.  Yuck by Yuck

13.  Bon Iver by Bon Iver

12.  Underneath the Pine by Toro y Moi

11.  Tomboy by Panda Bear

10.  Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83

9.  Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

8.  Burst Apart by The Antlers

7.  Within and Without by Washed Out

6.  Idle Labor by Craft Spells

5.  Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns

4.  Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs

3.  Days by Real Estate

2.  Zonoscope by Cut Copy

1.  Smoke Ring For My Halo by Kurt Vile

Have a happy new year everyone!  Have fun and be safe!  I'll see ya in 2012 for another great year in music!

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