Top 10 Albums of 2011
December 30th, 2011 • Uncategorized
This is my very biased Best Albums of 2011 list (note: no Bon Iver or Beirut- sorry, folks, just didn’t love them).
10. Destroyer: Kaputt
Kind of an interesting and new sound going on here that’s definitely different from anything I’ve heard– some kind of gypster in a good way, if possible.
9. Idaho: You Were A Dick
I just like this band a lot.
8. Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck
I didn’t know this album came out until about two months after it did, but it kind of just fit in with the Mountain Goats collection. I hadn’t heard new music from him in a while and was really glad that he made some!
7. Bill Callahan: Apocalypse
From that opening lone voice “the real people went away” to closing lone guitar strum it’s nothing but classic Bill Callahan throughout.
6. Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Wolfroy Goes To Town
See review below!
5. Andrew Jackson Jihad: Knife Man
Fun, folky, punky, generally a great band and great album. It’s different enough from older stuff to be interesting but along the same track enough to not warrant a “I like their older stuff better…”
4. Radiohead: King of Limbs
This album is only 8 songs — chances are Thom Yorke wrote more than 8 songs since In Rainbows. It might not be your favorite Radiohead sound, but the select songs make this an excellent cohesive album, rather than just a collection of songs (which, it should be obvious from previous reviews, is one of my biggest music pet peeves).
3. Deer Tick: Divine Providence
Just listen to it. You’ll know why.
2. Wilco: The Whole Love
These guys can do no wrong.
1. Okkervil River: I Am Very Far
See earlier review. This is just the best.