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Best Albums of 2011?

Discussion in 'Arts & Entertainment' started by Huayna Capac357, Dec 14, 2011.

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What do you think was the best album of 2011?

  1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver

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  2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

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  3. Adele - 21

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  4. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

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  5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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  6. Black Keys - El Camino

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  7. Wilco - The Whole Love

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  8. Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials

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  9. Beirut - The Rip Tide

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  10. Foster the People - Torches

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  11. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

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  12. Feist - Metals

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  13. Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

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  14. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

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  15. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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  16. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

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  17. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes And Keys

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  18. Tom Waits - Bad As Me

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  19. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

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  20. Bright Eyes - The People's Key

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  21. Jay-Z And Kanye West - Watch The Throne

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  22. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

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  23. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

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  24. Other / None (Explain below)

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  25. 2011's over already?!

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  1. Huayna Capac357

    Huayna Capac357 Deity

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    So, 2011 has almost come to a close and almost every site and source has offered their list of the best albums of 2011. Which albums did you like the best this year?

    There were several albums I liked this year, but by far my favorite was Let England Shake by PJ Harvey. Here is the title track.
    Spoiler :


    The poll options are taken from the NPR Music listener's poll. I used it rather than, say, a magazine's because it is voted on by a large amount of people and rather than rateyourmusic.com's because rateyourmusic.coms has quite a few obscure albums that would most likely not get any votes.
     
  2. Kan' Sharuminar

    Kan' Sharuminar Fluffy

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    I bought a grand total of one new album this year, thus maintaining my record of keeping up to date by, er, buying one album a year.

    Spoiler :


    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. I have listened to the album multiple times, which is rare, and I shall recommend it to everyone.
     
  3. azzaman333

    azzaman333 meh

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    The albums I've listened through many times roughly in order of least played to most played;

    Cut Copy - Zonoscope

    The Jezabels - Prisoner

    Rise Against - Endgame

    Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

    Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

    Trial Kennedy - Living Undesigned

    The Wombats - The Wombats Proudly Present... This Modern Glitch

    Art vs. Science - The Experiment

    The Experiment and This Modern Glitch are so tough for me to split as to which one is better.
     
  4. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    Gotta be Europe '72 vol. 2, on account of it was the only "new" album I bought this year. Some great B sides and an absolutely magnificent, amazing, spectacular, stupendous Dark Star->The Other One which lasts for nearly an hour.
     
  5. shadowplay

    shadowplay your ad here

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    I'm going with "Feel it Break" by Austra
     
  6. Huayna Capac357

    Huayna Capac357 Deity

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    Haven't heard of it. What kind of music is it?
     
  7. shadowplay

    shadowplay your ad here

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    Think Depeche Mode with someone who sounds like the woman from the Cranberries singing. That's what immediately comes to mind anyways.

    I think you'll dig.
     
  8. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    So far I only albums that I have from this year are the two Devin Townsend albums, Deconstruction and Ghost, but I'll probably get the new Dream Theater, Mastodon and Opeth albums eventually.
     
  9. Leifmk

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    Hah! Out of that entire list I've heard only one album and it is the one I would have picked as my personal album of the year in any case. PJ Harvey, an old musical love which I'd lost track of a bit lately but who came back into my life with a vengeance this year, with one hell of an album. An album which will probably stay with me forever as it's what I was listening to over and over again during the week or so surrounding the birth of my #2 son.


    Link to video.

    What absolute brilliance.
     
  10. black8

    black8 Chieftain

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    tom waits bad as me,that album is amazing.
     
  11. Virote_Considon

    Virote_Considon The Great Dictator

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    Thought I recognized that beach in the thumbnail. Found out it's actually Chesil Beach from Portland. Must've walked accross it thousands of times.

    Small world, etc.
     
  12. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    Mastodon's The Hunter for me.


    Link to video.

    Blood Ceremony's Living With the Ancients is a close second.


    Link to video.

    I don't think I actually know who most of the people on the poll are, though, which should give you some idea of how in touch I am, and so how seriously my suggestion should be taken.
     
  13. de Maistre

    de Maistre Comte

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    I've listened to one new album for 2011, The Great Mass by Septic Flesh. Obviously I don't know if it's the best, but I think it's pretty damn good. It's death metal with a gothic/operatic/symphonic element. Here's the first track.
     
  14. Wolfbeckett

    Wolfbeckett Jerkin' and nonsense.

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  15. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    I heard a few people don't like The Hunter (and Crack the Sky) because they don't sound like the earlier albums.
     
  16. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    I guess it comes down to how you feel about the progressive/psychedelic direction they're heading it, which I can see not everyone being a fan of.
     
  17. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    I first heard the band when I was playing Brutal Legend. A song came up and I thought it sounded like a progressive rock song, so I checked the in game sound track and found it was by Mastodon. It was an instrumental version of Crack the Sky, and I later bought the album.
     
  18. Cynovolans

    Cynovolans Not in my dimension.

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    I'm still trying to catch up to 2010 but I'll say Ceremonials since that's the only 2011 album I've heard this year. Although I'm thinking of forgetting about the rest of 2010 and just getting Let England Shake or Bon Iver
     
  19. Ozbenno

    Ozbenno Fly Fly Away Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    Another vote for Polly Jean from me...


    Link to video.

    It is an awesome album, the words about war and death above this ethereal guitar (or autoharp) sound is just fab. Great to see an artist who has been around for a while do something different with such great success.
     
  20. Rusten

    Rusten Deity

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    Always biased towards what I'm listening to recently when trying to answer this.

    For now I'll say Destroyer - Kaputt as it hasn't been mentioned yet and deserves exposure.

    Sample song below -- one of my favourite tracks of the year
    Spoiler :
     

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