The top 25 music albums of 2011
December 10, 2011 § 2 Comments
So another year has come and gone. To impress (or rather bewilder) my music friends, I have once again put together a list that is my take on the music year 2011.
It’s been an interesting year. I have probably listened to more music than ever.
I hope I have put together a nice blend on my list. Although there are a lot of old men with beards on it.
This is a list of CD albums. Counting down from twenty five to one. I have illustrated each album with a Youtube clip.
You can also get another slightly different version of this list via Spotify: year list 2011 (Neal Morse’s new album is not available on Spotify so there you will have to buy the album).
25. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
Desert Raven is a good song, but the album as a whole is uneven.
24. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
Simple but nice pop. Music that makes you happy.
23. Opeth – Heritage
Swedish death metal with progressive and folk influences.
22. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Nice folk rock from the South.
21. Deportees – Islands & Shores
Swedish well-produced pop.
20. Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key
Americana with blues influences.
19. Christoffer Lundquist – Through the Window
Swedish pop with lovely harmonies from the 60s
18. Feist – Metals
A gentle album from the Canadian singer. Lovley.
17. The Human League – Credo
Retro from the 80’s. But unexpectedly charming melodies.
16. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
Baroque pop that sounds very English.
15. R. E. M. – Collapse Into Now
The last death rattle from REM. But a good one.
14. White Lies – Ritual
Indie rock that touches the listener.
13. Uriah Heep – Into the Wild
Old men with a vengeance. But quite fresh and dynamic.
12. Black Country Communion – 2
Good second effort from Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa.
11. Neal Morse – Testimony 2
Progressive rock music with autobiographical theme.
10. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Slightly spooky thirteenth album from Mr. Adams.
9. The Kills – Blood Pressures
A dynamic record from this rockduo.
8. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
Like a shadow between two ramshackle outbuildings.
7. The Dears – Degeneration Street
Listened to this album after a recommendation from a friend. I was not disappointed.
6. Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events
DT grinds on as usual even after Mike Portnoy dropped out.
5. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Need I say more.
4. Dir En Grey – Dum Spiro Spero
Japanese alternative metal at its best.
3. Nick Lowe – The Old Magic
Old is the oldest. Stylish and fun pop with lounge feeling from Mr. Lowe.
2. Me and my Army – Thank God for Sending Demons
Beautiful demons. The parsnips have germinated.
1. Times of Grace – The Hymn of a Broken Man
Confessional music? Could it be something? This is a metalcore band, born out of Killswitch Engage, with plenty of attitude and a very clear, but not simplistic Christian message.
And Merry Christmas to you all. May the Spirit guide you to your bliss.