|Year End List 2011|
Some good listens from 2011. Still need to hear some other stuff, but who has the time to hear everything?
Suck it and See
This has been left off of many yearend lists. But the reasons escapes me. The guitar on this album sounds bigger than life itself. At some points the strings make you spin with dizziness until they bring you out of the vertigo with crunching riffs. Lots of intricate melody's woven with great rhythm arrangements. Irreverent and great and sometimes haunting. ?Or an ip, dip, dog-shit rock and roll?.
The Whole Love
Opening track is one of Tweedy's best efforts, albeit, with help from Nels. "Capital City" has a Magic Mystery feel. Bonus disc has some nice additions. All in all, this album is not as good as "Sky Blue Sky" but is worth being up on lists across the board. Listening.
The King of Limbs
Did Radiohead forget that they already made this record? KID A revisited, York's vocals are a bit brighter on "King" and the tracks are more upbeat, up-tempo and jazzier than the later. Has some good moments, but definitely not their best effort.
David Comes to Life
A blitz of hardcore punk riffs fill the album to the brim. It is complex and woven masterfully. Tracks 1-4 are a masterpiece. The harmony of yells and beautiful womanly vocals is genius. The middle of the album falls off a little, but the final 2 tracks really drive the point home.
|5||Bad Meets Evil|
Hell: The Sequel
Some of Em's best work in awhile. A couple songs could have been scrapped though. I hate when rap albums turn into a pissing contest of cuss words and disrespect to women. But when it shines, it is a beast of lyricism. Royce and Em shouldn?t go this long again in-between albums.
|6|| ||Raphael Saadiq|
This album has so much promise. Then falls short. I wish the arraignments were more complex and songs were more developed musically. A good homage to early black music, but could be much, much, more. However, one thing must be said. Everyone should be dancing to ?Stone Rollin? track on New Years.
Sonically beautiful. Nevertheless, a little boring for my tastes. Makes me yearn for some ?Merriweather Post Pavilion?.