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Top Ten Albums of 2011

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10) Pusha T – “Fear of God II: Let Us Pray”

 

Pusha T continues to elevate the hip-hop game here with a truly fantastic release. Hard hitting and heavy from start to finish each song if full of signature beats combined with Pusha’s rapid fire lyrics. Mixed well and combined with some eclectic guest spots – 50 Cent and Rick Ross, lend to a suburb LP.

 

 

 

9) Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”

 

Trippy, spacey, airy, spooky, juicy; just pick your adjective to describe the Austin, Texas bred electro band. This third offering is chock-full of fun beats and crazy sounds that entertain. Soothing yet unsettling, “Era Extrana” shows a distinct growth for the band.

 

 

 

8 ) The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”

 

One might think that the Decemberists style may grow old like Arcade Fire. However, this album came as quite a surprise. Still the Decemberists to a “T,” “The King is Dead” provides some new depth to this band and delivers both crooning ballads and smooth rock.

 

 

 

7) TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”

 

TV on the Radio has always been good, but with their fourth album the band seems to have found a groove. This album is filled with one catchy song after another that lead the listener through a journey that is unlike any the band has presented before.

 

 

 

6) Sbtrkt – “SBTRKT”

 

This London-based dubstep came out of the gates hot this year with this blistering debut album. Think Burial on acid. This album spread like”Wildfire” as even Drake remixed the hit song. The ethereal sound combined with infectious beats, makes for a great first effort from this group. Innovative and experimental in nature, it will be interesting to see where Aaron Jerome, the DJ, will go from here.

 

 

5) Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”

 

This album got a lot of press, but all the hype aside this is an epic album. Combining the talents of Jay-Z and Kanye West could very well be considered a PR stunt, but the combined talents of these two hip-hop moguls is unparallel. The sprawling epic songs defy conventional verse, chorus, verse styles creating an amazing mix of lyrics and beats.

 

 

4) Adele – “21”

 

After “21” came out Adele was launched into a whole new league, especially in the UK where it’s the bestselling album of the century. Her soulful pop music is carried by her amazing voice. This is just one of those albums that seems timeless. Adele saved the best for last on this album with “Someone Like You.” It is a breathtaking song that encompasses all of what Adele can do.

 

 

3) Radiohead – “King of Limbs”

 

This album is a bit of a departure from Radiohead’s traditional sound. Diving deeper into more dub and ambient territory, “King of Limbs” adds some texture to latent beats that build across the album. It is innovative, provocative, subtle, sweet and basically phenomenal music.

 

 

2) Mastodon – “The Hunter”

From the first track this album hits hard. Heavy bass and straight forward power chords make for a sound reminiscent of classic Queens of the Stone Age. However, the album harkens back to classic heavy hard rock. Songs like“Curl of the Burl” comprise the blistering album.

 

 

 

 

1) Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”

 

This album is unreal start to finish. When it came out it was all I listened to for a month solid. Forget that it was nominated for four Grammy’s, just listen to “Holocene,” it is hauntingly good. A sonic soundscape that is sparse yet dense, quiet yet loud and sad yet enduring. However Justin Vernon does it, this takes album of the year by a mile.

 

 

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Written by David Young

December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

Best albums of 2011 thus far

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Fall is in the air and that means that the time for 2011 new releases is drawing to an end. With that in mind here is a look, in no particular order, of contenders for this year’s best albums. Weigh in and vote for yourself.

Adele – “21”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”

 

 

 

 

 

Death Cab for Cutie – “Codes and Keys”

 

 

 

 

 

The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”

 

 

 

 

 

Fucked Up – “David Comes to Life”

 

 

 

 

 

Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”

 

 

 

 

 

PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”

 

 

 

 

 

Beady Eye – “Different Gear, Still Speading”

 

 

 

 

 

Radiohead – “King of Limbs”

 

 

 

 

 

TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”

 

 

 

 

 

Shabazz Palaces “Black Up”

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”

 

 

 

 

 

Primus – “Green Naugahyde”

 

 

 

 

 

Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2”

 

 

 

 

 

White Denim – “D”

 

 

 

 

 

Kasabian – “Velociraptor!”

 

 

 

 

 

Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”

Top ten albums of 2008

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Music in 2008, like the economy, was disappointing. 

It seems as if the last album to really warrant any acclaim was Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” released in Dec. 2007.  

In the past 12 months there have been some big names with high expectations to release some so so albums. 

Kayne West’s “808’s and Heartbreak” is the first to pop to mind. However, amid the reels and reels of rubbish released this year there were some bright spots that leave a sense of hope for creativity, progression and the art of music. 

Here are the top ten albums of 2008: 

10) When life gives you lemons you paint that sh@! Gold by Atmosphere

atmosphere-lemons1-1 The year of 2008 witnessed a new Slug; a happier lighter Slug, which earns Atmosphere a spot on the list. When life    gives you lemons… is just plain fun. The rhymes are still highly personal, but tracks like “You” add a stylized sweet  flavor to the masterful beats mixed by Ant. This album launched the duo into a new spotlight taking part in larger  shows like the Monolith festival.   

 

9) Viva la Vida by Coldplay

vivalavida Coldplay has a formula. They are very very good at it, and it works. Viva la Vida is no exception. The band put  together another powerful group of songs here including, “Violet Hill,” and “Viva la Vida” and “Cemeteries  of  London.” Polished as ever, Coldplay is still on top of their musical game five albums later, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

 

8) Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails

nin_ghosts Ghosts is just that, a little glimpse into the mind of Trent Reznor. Following Radiohead’s template, Reznor gave away  Ghosts I for free and it was good enough to hook fans for II-IV. With no lyrics, Reznor is free to focus on his mixers,  stabilizers, faders, guitars, beats and a plethora of other toys that combine to make Ghosts an album to rival Burial.    

 

7) Third by Portishead

90_1020-portishead-third Brooding, dark, beautiful and powerful, Third is all of these and more. It was the album of 2008 that would surmise a  bad day, provide a soundtrack to a rainy night or simply numb everything. Its sound seeps into the pores, and  sweeps over the body.

 

 

6) Modern Guilt by Beck

beck-modern-guilt With the infusion of Dangermouse’s creative beats Beck’s still manages to brave new sonic ground on his 10th album.  Full of creative catchy songs, Modern guilt is a mix of Beck’s off the wall antics and social commentary on today’s  world. While short, the work is sure to stand the test of time as one of 2008’s brighter moments.

 

5) Only by the Night by Kings of Leon

51slzxntrl_ss500_1 Perhaps with Kings of Leon’s shift from hard southern rock to a more polished sound with this album, placing them  at No. 5 is generous. But, Only by the Night is a sound album from start to finish. It is filled with standout songs like  “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Different, yes, but regardless the music speaks for itself.

 

4) Tha Carter III by Lil Wyane

lil_wayne_tha_carter_3 Obligated to make the list? Yes. However, it took years of collaboration, hard work and writing to create “Tha Carter III.” And it’s arrival signified a paradigm  shift in the world of hip-hop. Wyane is really ahead of his time with this. It will take years before the effects of this  album are really seen in the industry.   

 

 

3) Dear Science, by TV on the Radio

tv_on_the_radio-dear_science-cover This is a grandiose sweeping album for this Brooklyn band that shows a band really coming into its own here. TVOTR  set its sights high with this effort and connected on all targets. The music flows smoothly from one song to the next  painting a sonic soundscape for the listener that is both relaxing an intriguing at the same time. Perhaps the most  intriguing aspect of Dear Science is how effortlessly TVOTR makes this album appear.

 

2) Forth by The Verve

up-3verve1 After a 11 year hiatus The Verve seemed to seamlessly appear out of the clear blue sky depicted on Forth’s cover.  Since the band’s massive success with “Urban Hymns” there was a sense that this was a last ditch effort by a band  past its prime. For that reason it flew under the radar receiving little press. The truth is this album is a  masterpiece. It is composed with the utmost care to detail. Every note speaks to the listener on a personal level.  The intricacies of how the music is blended, takes a minimum of 10 listens to even begin to dissect. High point “Love is Noise.”  

1) The Bedlam in Goliath by The Mars Volta

bedlamcover This album is louder, faster and more composed than anything Mars Volta has released to date. And that is saying  something. These West Texas boys know how to let loose. From its first song, “Aberinkula” through “Wax Simulacra”  and the title track “Goliath” the pace leaves little room to breathe. Delving into new terrain, Mars Volta turns it up to  11 on Bedlam earning it this year’s No. 1 spot.

Written by David Young

December 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm