At the end of every year, I like to wrap up the accomplishments/regrets of the previous year. So, for the next couple of posts, I am going to summarize the best of ______ from 2011 and why. I promise that this won’t get redundant or boring, and if it seems like its getting to be that, I’ll just get back to regular posting. However, I think that many (including myself) are a fan of a recap as a way to see what good in general has came from the previous year.
First, I’d like to get my idea of the best albums out there because I feel like that is the most expected from a blog like this; If you follow my posts regularly, some of these choices should not come as a surprise to most of you. That being said, I do have a few “shockers” in there that I haven’t really mentioned before. Anyways, here it goes. Brace yourself.
In order of decreasing greatness:
5.) Making Mirrors - Gotye
This album, released December 6th, is new to my library. However, it didn’t take me very long to sink into this music. Not every song on this album is something to get excited about, but it does have some serious gems. Here’s your link:
4.) Tamer Animals - Other Lives
I thought that Other Lives did a spectacular job with this album. A good amount of acoustic instruments and appropriate vocals made their songs amazing. I acquired this album shortly after its release date in May; I have yet to grow tired of listening to these songs.
3.) El Camino - The Black Keys
I have talked about this album in a previous post, but here is a little more of what I think about it anyways. I have loved the previous Black Keys albums, but this one really has to take the cake. Every song has a good beat with an equally enjoyable tune. There isn’t really much not to like about it.
2.) Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
I have always been a fan of fleet foxes, and this album only made me love their music more. Every song on this is beautiful without having too similar a style to others. The Fleet Foxes seem to have mastered the art of making an album, in my opinion. They cover a good amount of “types” of alternative/indie/rock music; The music on the album does not follow the same sound or song structure (unlike some albums this year… mylo xyloto…). This keeps every song on the album enjoyable in its own way, instead of certain ones being better than others. I can always come back to this album for a listen.
And last but not least…
1.) The King is Dead - The Decemberists
This album is spectacular, plain and simple. The Decemberists have finally reached a stage where they can create a mix of indie and folk music. The outcome of such a mix is this album, in its entirety. The lyrics, as usual, are phenomenally chosen. The Decemberists have really outdone themselves with this one, and for me, this album has to be album of 2011. This music is not only beautiful, but also meaningful; This band seems to have based their compositions around this idea. In a year of turmoil, revolutions, and a bad economy, this album seems to have alleviated a lot of pressure from me. The king is dead, long live the king.
-Not all of the album is here, sorry. Buy it?
The photo from today’s post depicts a sunset on Mars. I thought that this was quite beautiful, and also inspires a lot of thought.