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12.28.11 My 2011 List Is Better Than Yours

My 2011 List Is Better Than Yours

Top 10 of what I dug the most from 2011 in no particular order. If you disagree with this then you have horrible taste in music and probably believe the holocaust was a lie.
Plains Of The Purple Buffalo

Best Post-Rock album of 2011. From the ground up this thing is completely
solid and stands out from its peers.
Carbon-Based Anatomy

Yeah, I count EP's alongside LP's. This shit rules. Really digging the
transition to progressive rock, and the inclusion of world music makes me
excited for their next LP.
8The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)

I'm pretty sure a lot of people just auto-five'd this thing because it's 144
minutes long, but if one were to take the time to listen to it from start to
finish they'd find that it's worthy of that rating. Everything from the lyrics to
the beep-boop electronic moments are fantastic.

C'mon. It's fuckin' Thrice playing some Blues'd out Rock, consistently
reminding us just how good they are. The subtle riffs they let loose
throughout the album are great.
6PJ Harvey
Let England Shake

Man, what a voice. She really tortures her vocal chords with the way her
voice jumps around here, and it's awesome. The lyricism is amazing and
sometimes can be downright shocking.
The Destroyers Of All

Okay, they seriously need to hire somebody to come up with better album
names. That aside, this album is fucking heavy as shit -- but because of the
tense, immersible atmosphere rather than flat out brutality. A breath of
fresh air from the loads of boring Death Metal bands in the world.
4The Roots

Holy shit, The Roots did a concept album. It fucking rules, as expected. 'I
Remember' may be my favorite single song this year. The four instrumental
songs at the end cap off this album in a grand way.
3Laura Stevenson And The Cans
Sit Resist

Transcends the "cute indie girl" sound to write an album that consistently
floors me. After getting over falling in love with Laura Stevenson, I think I
can say with confidence that this album will be looked back upon as one of
the finest releases of the early 2010's. Every song sounds different, yet it
works perfectly as a cohesive whole.

Best production on an album this year, hands down. I don't think Kno could
have made a more perfect mood and atmosphere for an album named after
the study of dreams. Although this isn't as good as A Piece of Strange, this
is still heads above the majority of Hip-Hop Music released this year.
1Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

Huge step up from their debut. Less recorded-in-a-cave gang vocals, more
varied instrumentation and overall darker mood earns Fantano's number
one spot for a reason. Get your shit fucked, Bon Iver.
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