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A (Musical) Year In Review

2011 was a bad year for dictators, however, it was a great year for music. 2011 gave us a number of musical gems and with the new year upon us, I thought it was about time to run through my favorites of 2011.

20. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Songs to Check Out: Midnight City, Reunion

19. Foster The People – Torches

Songs To Check Out: Don’t Stop (Color the Walls), Helena Beat

18. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Songs to Check Out: I Follow Rivers, Youth Knows No Pain

17. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L

Songs to Check Out: Gangsta, Bizness

16. Cults – Cults

Songs to Check Out: Go Outside, Abducted

15. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Songs to Check Out: If You Wanna, Wetsuit

14. The Antlers – Burst Apart

Songs to Check Out: I Don’t Want Love

13. Wilco – The Whole Love

Songs to Check Out:  Art of Almost, Born Alone

12. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

Songs to Check Out: Afternoon, Cannons

11. My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Songs to Check Out: Outta My System, Circuital

10. Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials

Songs to Check Out: Shake it Out, What The Water Gave Me

9. Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song

Songs to Check Out: Tongue Tied, Colours

8. Beirut – The Rip Tide

Songs to Check Out: Santa Fe, East Harlem

7. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

Songs to Check Out: Whirring, Austere

6. The Head and The Heart – The Head and the Heart

Songs to Check Out: Rivers and Roads, Lost in My Mind

5. Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys

Songs to Check Out: You’re a Tourist, Doors Unlocked and Open

4. Noah & The Whale – Last Night on Earth

Songs to Check Out: L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N, Just Me Before We Met

3. Young The Giant – Young the Giant

Songs to Check Out: Cough Syrup, My Body

2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Songs to Check Out: Helplessness Blues, Bedouin Dress

1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Songs to Check Out: Calgary, Holocene

EP of 2011

Woodkid – Iron

Honorable Mentions:

Other Lives – Tamer Animals

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

Jay-Z/Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Lady Gaga  – Born This Way

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

The Dodos – No Color

Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers


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2 thoughts on “A (Musical) Year In Review

  1. Robard on said:

    Even though it hasn’t been released in the US yet, what is your opinion of “The Night Visitor” by Anna Ternheim? Does a push into more country roots music dilute her message or provide a comparable vehicle for her expressions?

    • I definitely think the latter statement will hold true. Country is outside Ternheim’s normal cannon, but I think it will be an interesting change. Few artists are able to be as versatile as her with their music genres. It will be interesting to see how “The Night Visitor” is received when it becomes released in the US.

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