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10.28.12 The First Year I Got Into Music (2011)

The First Year I Got Into Music (2011)

Last year was the first year I made a conscious effort to listen to and form an opinion on as much music as I possibly could. I lurked around on Sputnik for a while, but didn't make an account until recently. I thought it might be fun to post my top albums from last year before I post my 2012 list in a few months. These are my favourite albums, not yours, so be nice.
50Florence and the Machine
Ceremonials
49Grouper
A I A
48Destroyer
Kaputt
47Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
46Nils Frahm
Felt
45Barrow
Being Without
44City and Colour
Little Hell
43Rise Against
Endgame
42Protest the Hero
Scurrilous
41PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
40BADBADNOTGOOD
BBNG
39Swarms
Old Raves End
38Adele
21
37Oneohtrix Point Never
Replica
36Thursday
No Devolucion
35The Rural Alberta Advantage
Departing
34Crash of Rhinos
Distal
33Defeater
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
32The Weeknd
Echoes of Silence


All 3 were good, but this was my favourite.
31Iselia
Life From Dead Limbs
30Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour
29The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne
28Christina Vantzou
No.1
27Lykke Li
Wounded Rhymes
26Coeur de Pirate
Blonde
25Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know
24The Jezabels
Prisoner
23Olafur Arnalds
Living Room Songs


I didn't listen to many eps this year, but this was my favourite.
22Maybeshewill
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
21August Burns Red
Leveler
20Eisley
The Valley


This caught me off guard, but I found it really enjoyable.
19Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knife Man


Thought he was a whiney bitch on first listen, but his lyrics are really entertaining. This grew on me pretty hard.
18Bjork
Biophilia


It took me a while to get into Bjork?s music because it can be really weird. But I've grown to admire her as an artist. Also, I think it?s pretty bad ass that she commissioned people to make new instruments like Gameleste.
17Feist
Metals


An incredibly consistent album that proves that she is so much more than the girl from that iPod commercial.
16Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


I had really high hopes for this album and for the most part I wasn?t disappointed. I freaking love ?Holocene? and ?Towers,? but the 80s elevator music on the last track really weighs this album down for me.
15Lights
Siberia


I've liked Lights for a long time. I met her when she opened for Chiodos in Toronto the day after she released her first ep. People were shouting ?who the fuck are you? and ?get off the stage,? but she quickly shut them up. She has one of the best voices I've ever heard and she?s also the artist that I've seen in concert the most time (8 times). Not all of the tracks are spectacular, but it?s still an awesome album.
14St. Vincent
Strange Mercy


I?m pretty sure Regina Spektor and Sufjan Stevens had a secret lovechild and named her Annie Clark. This album is kind of weird, but it?s also kind of awesome.
13Cults
Cults


Best 60s throwback album ever.
12Tycho
Dive


Really chilled out happy electronic music. I know there?s ?better? electronic albums out there that came out this year, but I found myself spinning this much more than Old Raves End or Finest Hour.
11Beirut
The Rip Tide


A nice, short Indie folk album. His voice was a little bit of an acquired taste for me, but I really enjoyed this.
10La Dispute
Wildlife


Such a raw and emotional album. King Park is easily one of my favourite songs of the year. This album is definitely worth all the hype it receives.
9M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


I generally shy away from double LPs because they are so freaking long, but Maybe I?m Dreaming is really quite the listen. ?Intro,? ?Midnight City? and ?Steve McQueen? are freaking gold.
8The Caretaker
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World


I actually don?t really know why I like this. It sounds like the end of the world, but I just want to keep listening to it.
7Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones


Frank Turner. That is all.
6Youth Lagoon
The Year of Hibernation


This was the first year that I decided to step out of my musical comfort zone. I gave a lot of albums a chance that I probably would not have when I was younger because I didn?t like the genre, album cover, artist name etc. Some of these albums that I gave a try didn?t do it for me, but sometimes I was pleasantly surprised. The Year of Hibernation was by far the biggest pleasant surprise. I?m very glad I gave this a shot.
5Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues


One of the best, if not the best, modern folk band. Helplessness blues makes me want to grow my beard, stop showering and grow an apple orchard. I really like the pictures the lyrics paint and the earthiness of this album. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys folk music.
4Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972


Drone and ambient music sometimes get a bad rap for being long, boring, and unoriginal. I agree that some albums can be almost unnecessarily long (I absolutely love Lift Your Skinny Fists, but it definitely drags on, in my opinion.), but I think Ravedeath, 1972 is the perfect length. It?s captivating, depressing; it?s really good thinking music.
3Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


In my opinion, this album has some of the best, most emotional lyrics in the entire genre of post-hardcore. You can hear it in the screams, the way it sounds like his throat is threads away from ripping apart. This is post-hardcore done right. The instrumentation is also near perfect. I?m going to be spinning this for a long time
2Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist


Her voice. Oh my god, her voice. And that accordion. Just, like, holy shit. I don?t know where she came from and I don?t know why I didn?t hear this album until the end of last year, but it has grown to be one of my favourites of all time. ?The Healthy One,? ?Barnacles,? ?Master of Art? and ?The Wait? are my favourite songs from the album. You may not agree with me (I know this because of the ?Sit Resist Ranked? lists), but that?s what makes this album so amazing. There?s literally not a single bad, or even mediocre song on it. God I love it.
1A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen


When I heard that one of the guys behind Stars of the Lid had a new project with a classical artist I got fairly excited. I was interested to see what a mix of Ambient and Neo-Classical would sound like. Turns out it sounds like bliss. This isn?t the kind of album you can put on in the background when you?re reading, AWVFTS demands your attention and, if you give it, it will blow your mind. ?Steep Hills of Vicodin? has grown to become my second favourite song of all time. The song slowly builds into a culmination of strings and synths that I can?t explain. I don?t love all ambient music and I don?t love all classical music, but I freaking love this album.
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