|Timbo's Top 20 Albums Of 2011|
Hey Sputnik! Been forever since I've written anything substantial here. Life's been so busy I haven't had time to comment, let alone write album reviews, as much as I want to get back to writing. Anyways, no year's end would be complete without a Best-of list, so here's mine. I'm still digesting the Weeknd's latest mixtape and I've included an EP on the list, but overall I'm still content with the rankings. Not much thought given to the descriptions, instead I'm letting the list do most of the talking. Enjoy!
Long Live the King
Awesome EP of songs that would of fit great on "The King is Dead". In fact, I probably would have made a substitution or two if I had to.
A late addition to the list, Clams Casino's atmospheric hip hop remixes make for a serious sleep soundtrack.
Within and Without
Beautiful and sprawling.
|17||Ford & Lopatin|
Really underrated album. These guys totally nailed the '80s, Vice City vibe.
w h o k i l l
Guess I didn't enjoy this as much as a lot of people did, but still a really cool album. A great listen when you're needing something from left field. Plus that part in "Riotriot" is awesome...you know what I'm talking bout.
The King of Limbs
More solid Radiohead.
More solid Neon Indian.
Dye It Blonde
It seems everyone forgot how rockin this album is!
The King Is Dead
The Decemberists get all American-folksie and a bit more down to earth, at least melodically. They're a versatile band: It's a great look for them.
"Thursday" may not be as focused as "House of Balloons", but hey, it's still the Weeknd.
|10||Iron & Wine|
Kiss Each Other Clean
Another gorgeous album from Sam Beam.
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Yet another 2011 sophomore album that tops the band's debut. The last two tracks floor me every time.
|8||Toro Y Moi|
Underneath the Pine
Chilllll! Put this on when your just hanging with some close friends and it just...works.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Beautiful, especially "Beth/Rest".
An unexpected gem. Approachable and melodic, yet bizarre and avant-garde. Obtuse electronics that pluck heartstrings.
Catchy, efficient indie pop, with some intriguing mystery under the surface.
Another brilliant Fleet Foxes album. They expand their sonic horizons but don't loose the graceful, earthy folk feel. YES!
One of my favorite bands right now. I aspire to be as chill and relaxed as these guys. I just love how easy this music is to love.
Sure, I know these guys have a mission to sound like '90s indie rock in the vein of Sebadoh and Sonic Youth, but DAMN do they do an amazing job of it. I like to think that Yuck could still exist today without those other bands, but maybe not. Instead I imagine that if this came out in '92, it would be a CLASSIC album.
House of Balloons
Had to be this. So dark, so mysterious, so dramatic, and all from a corner of the music world (R&B) that I don't regularly listen to and from an artist that totally came out of nowhere. The year's greatest surprise is also the best, and by far the coolest, album of the year.