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10.28.12 The First Year I Got Into Music (2011)

The First Year I Got Into Music (2011)

Last year was the first year I made a conscious effort to listen to and form an opinion on as much music as I possibly could. I lurked around on Sputnik for a while, but didn't make an account until recently. I thought it might be fun to post my top albums from last year before I post my 2012 list in a few months. These are my favourite albums, not yours, so be nice.
50Florence and the Machine
47Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
46Nils Frahm
Being Without
44City and Colour
Little Hell
43Rise Against
42Protest the Hero
41PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
Old Raves End
37Oneohtrix Point Never
No Devolucion
35The Rural Alberta Advantage
34Crash of Rhinos
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
32The Weeknd
Echoes of Silence

All 3 were good, but this was my favourite.
Life From Dead Limbs
30Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour
29The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne
28Christina Vantzou
27Lykke Li
Wounded Rhymes
26Coeur de Pirate
25Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know
24The Jezabels
23Olafur Arnalds
Living Room Songs

I didn't listen to many eps this year, but this was my favourite.
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
21August Burns Red
The Valley

This caught me off guard, but I found it really enjoyable.
19Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knife Man

Thought he was a whiney bitch on first listen, but his lyrics are really entertaining. This
grew on me pretty hard.

It took me a while to get into Bjork?s music because it can be really weird. But I've
grown to admire her as an artist. Also, I think it?s pretty bad ass that she
commissioned people to make new instruments like Gameleste.

An incredibly consistent album that proves that she is so much more than the girl
from that iPod commercial.
16Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

I had really high hopes for this album and for the most part I wasn?t disappointed. I
freaking love ?Holocene? and ?Towers,? but the 80s elevator music on the last track
really weighs this album down for me.

I've liked Lights for a long time. I met her when she opened for Chiodos in Toronto
the day after she released her first ep. People were shouting ?who the fuck are you?
and ?get off the stage,? but she quickly shut them up. She has one of the best voices
I've ever heard and she?s also the artist that I've seen in concert the most time (8
times). Not all of the tracks are spectacular, but it?s still an awesome album.
14St. Vincent
Strange Mercy

I?m pretty sure Regina Spektor and Sufjan Stevens had a secret lovechild and named
her Annie Clark. This album is kind of weird, but it?s also kind of awesome.

Best 60s throwback album ever.

Really chilled out happy electronic music. I know there?s ?better? electronic albums
out there that came out this year, but I found myself spinning this much more than
Old Raves End or Finest Hour.
The Rip Tide

A nice, short Indie folk album. His voice was a little bit of an acquired taste for me, but
I really enjoyed this.
10La Dispute

Such a raw and emotional album. King Park is easily one of my favourite songs of the
year. This album is definitely worth all the hype it receives.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

I generally shy away from double LPs because they are so freaking long, but Maybe
I?m Dreaming is really quite the listen. ?Intro,? ?Midnight City? and ?Steve McQueen?
are freaking gold.
8The Caretaker
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

I actually don?t really know why I like this. It sounds like the end of the world, but I
just want to keep listening to it.
7Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones

Frank Turner. That is all.
6Youth Lagoon
The Year of Hibernation

This was the first year that I decided to step out of my musical comfort zone. I gave
a lot of albums a chance that I probably would not have when I was younger because
I didn?t like the genre, album cover, artist name etc. Some of these albums that I
gave a try didn?t do it for me, but sometimes I was pleasantly surprised. The Year of
Hibernation was by far the biggest pleasant surprise. I?m very glad I gave this a shot.
5Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

One of the best, if not the best, modern folk band. Helplessness blues makes me
want to grow my beard, stop showering and grow an apple orchard. I really like the
pictures the lyrics paint and the earthiness of this album. Highly recommended to
anyone who enjoys folk music.
4Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972

Drone and ambient music sometimes get a bad rap for being long, boring, and
unoriginal. I agree that some albums can be almost unnecessarily long (I absolutely
love Lift Your Skinny Fists, but it definitely drags on, in my opinion.), but I think
Ravedeath, 1972 is the perfect length. It?s captivating, depressing; it?s really good
thinking music.
3Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After

In my opinion, this album has some of the best, most emotional lyrics in the entire
genre of post-hardcore. You can hear it in the screams, the way it sounds like his
throat is threads away from ripping apart. This is post-hardcore done right. The
instrumentation is also near perfect. I?m going to be spinning this for a long time
2Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist

Her voice. Oh my god, her voice. And that accordion. Just, like, holy shit. I don?t
know where she came from and I don?t know why I didn?t hear this album until the
end of last year, but it has grown to be one of my favourites of all time. ?The Healthy
One,? ?Barnacles,? ?Master of Art? and ?The Wait? are my favourite songs from the
album. You may not agree with me (I know this because of the ?Sit Resist Ranked?
lists), but that?s what makes this album so amazing. There?s literally not a single bad,
or even mediocre song on it. God I love it.
1A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen

When I heard that one of the guys behind Stars of the Lid had a new project with a
classical artist I got fairly excited. I was interested to see what a mix of Ambient and
Neo-Classical would sound like. Turns out it sounds like bliss. This isn?t the kind of
album you can put on in the background when you?re reading, AWVFTS demands
your attention and, if you give it, it will blow your mind. ?Steep Hills of Vicodin? has
grown to become my second favourite song of all time. The song slowly builds into a
culmination of strings and synths that I can?t explain. I don?t love all ambient music
and I don?t love all classical music, but I freaking love this album.
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