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Killrobotmusic's Q1 2011

It's hard to believe that 2011 is already a quarter of the way through. Here's what I've heard and (mostly) enjoyed so far this year.
1Radiohead
The King of Limbs


I really didn't expect that I would enjoy this album too much considering that my interest in Radiohead had waned considerably over the last few years. I was fucking surprised. This dosen't really sound anything like any of their other albums, which is a good thing to me. TOP TRACK: Codex
2Glassjaw
Coloring Book


I normally don't include EPs on this kind of a list, but this is so good that it has to be here. I never was much of a WoT fan, but this takes everything they were trying to do on that album and makes it sound way better. Daryl's voice has improved immensely, and the rest of the band uses both atmosphere and groove to create some really memorable tracks. I could care less if they don't release another LP anytime soon because this is just as good. TOP TRACK: Stations of the New Cross
3Destroyer
Kaputt


This one came out of nowhere for me. The composition of this album is just wonderful. There are so many lush layers of varying instruments permeating each track that I seem to find something new to focus on each listen. This is just some chill, sexy music. TOP TRACK: Kaputt
4Frank Ocean
Nostalgia, Ultra


I barely listen to rap, let alone R&B. There is just something about this young man's earnestness on this album that really sells it for me. He just doesn't sound like all the by-the-numbers overproduced hit makers out there. The music is also really fucking chill, which always works for me. Not an Odd Future supporter, but this guy has my respect. TOP TRACK: Strawberry Swing
5The Dodos
No Color


The Dodos are back after a rather yawn-inducing affair on Time to Die. Combines the pop sensibilities of that album with the percussive-heavy experimentation of Visiter with pretty good results. TOP TRACK: Companions
6The Decemberists
The King is Dead


This is radio rock done right. Though this is completely in contrast to the bombast of their prior albums, the band manages to take "simple" songs and turn them into worthy tracks by using smart instrumentation and calculated restraint. TOP TRACK: Calamity Song
7 Earth
Angels of Darnkess, Demons of Light (Volume 1)


These drone pioneers are back with another solid album of drone. That's really the most effective analysis one can give to this album. TOP TRACK: Old Black.
8Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean


This album seems to swing and miss more than it hits for me, unfortunately. That isn't to say that there isn't some awesome tracks here, but Sam Beam appears to have take his knack for sonic experiments to their limit on this album, which certainly produces mixed results. TOP TRACK: Walking Far From Home
9Rival Schools
Pedals


If you want a watered down version of United by Fate, you should check out this album. TOP TRACK: Wring it Out
10The Strokes
Angles


I haven't heard this yet, as well as the new releases by Defeater, Bright Eyes, and G. Love, to name a few. What else did I skip over thus far in 2011?
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