I fully understand that my best of the year list is usually published far after many of the hip new kids. The World Forgot has long been a dessert blog, if you will, that might not provide enough sustenance on a day to day basis to get you through life, but I do provide a sweet finish. On top of that I’ve been able to listen through all of the albums I heard in 2011 for an extra month. In all reality this is the definitive list. Enjoy the music.
01 : Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes crafted a pitch perfect sophomore album that cleverly showcases all of their strengths. There really isn’t much you could change about this album. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a long drive and is very enjoyable to sing along with tales of Montezuma or of owning an orchard.
02 : Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Bon Iver came out swinging with his sophomore album as well. In fact he almost topped the chart (and depending on the weather outside my window when writing this he probably could). His second album proved beyond a doubt that he has a bright and long future ahead.
03 : I Break Horses – Hearts
I fell in love with this album as soon as I heard the first two tracks. There is something overwhelmingly captivating about their synth heavy crescendos. (And as icing on the cake they’re supposed to tour with M83 in 2012).
04 : Foster the People – Torches
Somewhere between becoming extremely radio friendly (with their single Pumped up Kids) and having songs featured in the video game Fifa 12 as well as on Nissan commercials I feel like a lot of bloggers and critics wrote them off without listening to their entire album. Let’s face it, this is a great pop/indie album; this is the kind of album we all wanted MGMT to make.
05 : Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
And just like that roughly 80% of you have stopped reading this list. Get over it. Yes, I know that this isn’t as good as Transatlanticism (or maybe even Plans). But this is a solid album with signature Death Cab moments sprinkled throughout. It keeps the hope alive that the man who brought us the Postal Service album Give Up and the aforementioned Death Cab masterpiece Transatlanticism in the same calendar year still has what it takes to create amazing songs.
06: Cults – Cults
Clever indie for the entire album. It’s the type of album that’s hip enough for you to love, but if you threw it on a scratchy record player you might convince your parents it’s a band you can all enjoy together.
mp3 : Cults – Go Outside
07 : Hooray for Earth – True Loves
Maybe I’m addicted to shoegaze and synth (or maybe I’m finally starting to like this so called 80′s revival), but whatever the reason I fell in love with the Hooray for Earth album over the past five weeks.
08 : M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Easily their most well received and easily accessible album to date this album by french artists M83 brought to light the fact that many artists have been perfecting shoegaze and synth (notice a theme here) for more than the past eighteen months.
mp3 : M83 – Midnight City
09 : Radiohead – King of Limbs
It’s hard for me to listen to a studio album from Radiohead and not immediately compare it to two things. First, their live show is unbelievable. Second, Kid A and OK Computer are still the peak of their recordings for me. Also, to be fair, at times while listening to this album you’re thinking “I really wish every song was as good as Bloom.”
mp3 : Radiohead – Bloom
10: Adele – 21
A, her voice. B, her voice on the song Someone Like You. (that should be enough to be in a top ten).
mp3 : Adele – Someone Like You
That is my list for 2011. We had a decent year as far as music goes. Foo Fighters and Coldplay played true to their sound (although Rihanna tried very hard to ruin Coldplay). Beastie Boys released an album that was, essentially, in homage to their former selves. In addition to more established acts there were solid efforts by other bands like The Kills, We Were Promised Jetpacks, New Villager, Josh Garrels, and The Dodos. This, however, is my list and I’m sticking to it.
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