We still have another month to wrap up the year but I couldn’t help but think of my favorite albums of 2011. These are albums that I played religiously in my life, solid from start to finish.
Beirut: The Rip Tide
This album is a little less up-tempo than the rest. Zach Condo’s voice drifts strongly from song to song leaving you enchanted. I’m a sucker for a large band ensemble.
Must listen to tracks: Goshen / The Rip Tide
Oh boy, I read somewhere that Leslie Feist recorded this album up in a barn in Big Sur. Enough said. This album tries not to be too personal but it is. She just wails as she does best and in the process is able to let her listeners in.
Must Listen to track: Anti-Pioneer
M83: Hurry Up, we’re Dreaming
These French guys really know how to compose some great tracks. One becomes transported into “dream of high exhilaration”. They seem to have matured in vocals and weren’t afraid to try new things.
Must Listen to tracks: Splendor / Midnight City
Bon Iver: Bon Iver
It took me a while to take a listen but once I did, I never let go. Justin Vernon’s experimental blend of garage band origins are prominent and very personal.
Must Listen to tracks: Calgary / Perth
Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Maybe I thought the movie kicked ass but this soundtrack encapsulated all moments. I can’t help but listen to this album driving down the empty streets of LA. Too bad I’m not sporting a rad white bomber jacket with the mega golden scorpion design on the back of it.
Must listen to tracks: Nightcall by Kavinsky & Lovefoxx / A Real Hero by College