|Drasticaction74's Top 20 Of 2011|
|20||Pianos Become The Teeth|
The Lack Long After
|19||Animals As Leaders|
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
|13||Earl and Raine|
|10||Tyler, The Creator|
Fuck everybody I love this record. Fuck her Wolf Haley robbin' them. Golf Wang.
|9||The Dangerous Summer|
MUCH better than Reach For The Sun imo. and his voice only got better as it got more gruff and manly. "I Should Leave Right Now" and "Siren" are the songs they have to top for next time.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Obviously good. No surprise here. He's a goddamn genius. Go get those grammies.
|7|| ||The Wonder Years|
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
This is the best pop-punk record to come out in years. It also helps alot that the suburban landmarks they reference heavily are places I can visit just be walking outside and heading a few minutes down main street in Lansdale, PA. Things like this excite me, you know?
Never Born, Never Dead
They were hard-pressed to top the macabre theatrics of Darkness, Oh Hell, but man did they knock it out of the park with this one. Charles Manson would be so proud.
|5||Dance Gavin Dance|
Downtown Battle Mountain II
The inevitable return of the great white dopes. Jon Mess, Eric Lodge, and the incorrigible Jonny Craig make their triumphant return to the line-up to what I think is their best album since the first DBM. I am of the opinion that Kurt Travis is a wonderful vocalist. Somewhere else. That being said, Need Money is the best song they have ever written as a unit. Will Swan deserves an award. So does Jon Mess, but only because he won the contest for most off-color lyrics on a music album.
Surgeon just blows me away every time. Annie Clark, what a babe. A big step up from Actor in my opinion.
An Innocent Orphan In The Post-Modern World
My area blew the fuck up when this record came out in January. We couldn't believe these were people we knew who made this chaotic, adventurous cacophony of post-hardcore. The whole record reeks of passion and sorrow from vocalist Justin Harrison, all to the tune of the wildest rhythm section in the genre c/o Brian Brennan & Chris Fox on bass & drums respectively. Their next album is due out in spring, and I can't fucking wait.
This also includes the Our Color Green (The Singles) EP. They both were released within months of each other, so I just listened to them both as two halves of a fucking amazing gj full-length: Our Coloring Book Green. I waited too damn long to be this satisfied.
|1||Balance And Composure|
There's not much to say about this album, except that it's perfectly imperfect. The more I heard things like 'this is nothing like their old stuff', or 'I hate that they sound so polished', the more I heard the album making much more sense. Who knows what they were going for here. Whatever it is, it's fucking heart-breaking. The entire album has an uneasy, confused, yet wonderfully childlike progression to it. It reminds of how I felt after "Jesus Christ", or "In A Sweater Poorly Knit". I would easily put "Echo" up against those masterpieces, and would also say that it's my favorite song to come out this year. There you go B+C. You did it. AOTY.