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So since my parents are awesome, they got me about 10 albums off of my 2011-wish list for Christmas. Because of that, my list is completely changed up and I decided to add more albums. The top 3 didn't change, and neither did their descriptions. Enjoy!
25Liam Finn

If Adele's voice had a baby with Dallas Green's voice, that voice would be cure diseases. 4/5
23Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

The band got heavier-ish. 4/5
22City and Colour
Little Hell

I love Dallas Green's voice so much. And I finally understand how punny the band name is. 4/5
21Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Once I forgot my speakers were broken and looked up 'Simple Math' on Youtube. I couldn't hear the song, but the video was magnificent. Because of that video, I bought this album. That's the end of my story. 4/5
If Not Now, When?

See description for 'The King is Dead' and 'Kiss Each Other Clean' because my hand is cramping. 4/5
Megalithic Symphony

See description for 'Ever After.' 4/5
18Go Radio
Lucky Street

More pop-punk goodness from the former vocalist/lyricist for Mayday Parade. And he was the better than the other vocalist/lyricist of Mayday parade. 4/5
17The Decemberists
The King is Dead

This is basically the same description as 'Kiss Each Other Clean' but in opposite way. If that makes sense. 4/5
Stay in the Suit

Drasticaction74's band. Sounds somewhat like 'Say Anything' with great vocals and drum work. 4/5

"A great indie album that thrives on experimenation while never alienating the listener. It's somehow gone by unnoticed throughout 2011." That's my sound off for this album. I some how have the only rating for it. Please change that. 4/5
14Panic! At the Disco
Vices & Virtues

In my opion, this is Panic!'s best. Take that as you will. 4.5/5
13 The Wonder Years
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing

Pop-Punk with amazing lyrics. A Pop-Punk album with lyrics as good on this this low on my list shows just how good this year was. 4.5/5
12The Weeknd

All of The Weeknd's mixtapes were probably 4.5's for me, but Thursday just edged the other's out. It's R&B with great vocals and smoky beats. If you didn't know that yet, you must be living under a rock. 4.5/5
11Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

As I said, Bon Iver did not release another 'For Emma, Forever Ago.' That doesn't mean it's bad though. 4.5/5
10Marianas Trench
Ever After

I'm an unabashed lover of strings. I'm an unabashed lover of pop. I'm an unabashed lover of hooks. I'm an unabashed lover of Marianas Trench. 4.5/5
9Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean

'Our Endless Numbered Days' is one of my favorite albums. Then 'The Shepherd's Dog' came out and suceeded in confusing me. Just as I get used to it, 'Kiss Each Other Clean' comes out and once again, I get confused, as it's an even bigger departure from acoustic strummin' Sam beam from the days of old. However, multiple listens in the summer helped it grow. 4.5/5
8Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

In a year when Bon Iver comes out with something that isn't 'For Emma, Forever Ago,' Benjamin Francis Leftwich gives us the next best thing. 4.5/5
7Olafur Arnalds
Living Room Songs

I don't even know what to call this. Neo-classical? Post-Rock? All I know is that it makes me fall asleep and I mean that in the best way possible. 4.5/5
6Wu Lyf
Go Tell Fire To the Mountain

Do I understand it? Nope. Do I enjoy it? Hell yeah. Indie rock done right. 4.5/5
5The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms

Complex and unique instruments? No, not really. Good voice? I think so, but not all would agree. Great lyrics? Yep. Fun? The most you'll have in an quality release this year. Brian Sella's clever yet blunt lyrics will have you singing along, even though it seems as if most of them will make you sound like a stalker (a sincere stalker, to be fair). The instruments sound like what you would expect from an acoustic guitar and drum, with pianos and horns thrown in a couple times for good measure. The whole thing is just so fun and addictive, that you can't help but be drawn in. 4.5/5
The Whole Love

I had of Wilco before joining Sputnik. I had heard Wilco before joining Sputnik. I had never heard an entire Wilco album until about two weeks before 'The Whole Love' was released. That is when I first listened to 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' and was completely blown away. There is something about Jeff Tweedy's voice and lyrics that just made him feel vulnerable and yet in control of the situation the entire time. In other words, he sounded like a dad. To me, that album was the sound of what I think parenthood would sound like. Unfortunately, their next few albums sounded like albums made just made by a parent who was to busy with their kids, leaving more to be desired. 'The Whole Love' breaks free of that, and, I believe, matches 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' in quality. They bring back the multitude of instruments found in 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' and completely break free of dad-rock (not including I Might, the one mistake on the album). Wilco's return to form makes for one of the most pleasing mixture of noises of 2011, and something that even my dad enjoys. 4.5/5
3The Horrible Crowes

I've never been a fan of The Gaslight Anthem. The only thing I genuinley liked about them are the lyrics. Brian Fallon's voice always rubbed me the wrong way and for some reason the music never drew me in. The Horrible Crowes completely fix that. The bluesy, Americana music drew me in during my first taste of the album, which was the song 'Go Tell Everybody.' This song takes the rough and smooth vocals of Brain Fallon and the unique musical stylings of Ian Perkins. The music involves guitars, organs, drum fills, and other instruments that are not as commonly used. Go listen to this amazing song, and you'll get a taste of what the whole album has to offer. 4.5/5
Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay embrace their pop sensibilities and make an album that can easily compete with the Viva La Vida and A Rush of Blood to the Head, and quite possibly passes them. While the lyrics aren't necessarily anything special, they are on par with Coldplay's prior material. However, it's the musical experimentation that gives Coldplay my number two spot. It contains the perfect amount of synth heavy pop music and classic Coldplay instrumentation. It's a step in the right direction for one of America's best mainstream (and more pop than ever) band. 4.5/5
1The Dangerous Summer
War Paint

A great mix of Pop-Punk and Alternative Rock. It takes the strong lyrical content of their debut album and adds a better lead instrumental section while increasing on the already strong rhythm section. While not having the major choruses of a Pop-Punk album (excluding highlight 'No One's Gonna Need You More,' which has an extremely catchy chorus) the lyrics and unique vocals of frontman, AJ Perdomo, completely make up for it. A remarkable album and absolute classic. 5/5
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