We finally reached the end of 2011. A pretty great year in music. We might have some masterpieces this year. Well, perhaps not like the year 1965, but we do have some great albums to enjoy this past 12 months. So without further ado, here are my top 10 albums of this year.
Honorable mentions: Codes & Keys (Death Cab For Cutie), Belong (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), King of Limbs (Radiohead), Ceremonials (Florence & The Machine), Bon Iver (Bon Iver), Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Beastie Boys), & Nine Types of Light (TV on The Radio).
10. Reptilians by Starfucker
A brilliant gem. The best of this year’s electronica indie bands.
9. Goblin by Tyler, The Creator
Provocative, misogynist, revolutionary. This ‘minimalistic rap’ album is a must have. Not for the weak-at-heart though.
8. The Hunter by Mastodon
Metal is not dead and it will never. The riffs in this album is definitely why we love those guitar heroes of rock.
7. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
Emotion personified, this folk albums is an example of why music is the best vehicle of the heart.
6. Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters
The boys are back! With more finesse, flair, and wit.
5. Rolling Papers by Wiz Khalifa
Inarguably the best hiphop album of the year. Co-produced by Stargate, Wiz raps about girls and champagnes with cunning rhymes unseen since the days of Notorious B.I.G.
4. The Path of Totality by Korn
Is this the future and revival of nu metal? Some tried to mix it with hiphop and electronica, but Jonathan Davis’ decision to join forces with dubstep royalties such as Skrillex and Downlink might prove to be his latest masterstroke.
3. How Do You Do by Mayer Hawthorne
One of those “underdogs” albums that needs more praises it could get. This DJ-turned-singer brought back the cool jive of Motown soul into the 21st century. The coolest album of 2011.
2. 21 by Adele
Like I’ve wrote on my Twitter a few moment ago “is it valid to make a top 10 albums of 2011 list without including Adele’s tour-de-force?”. Already dubbed the best album of 2011 by Rolling Stone and Time magazines, this collection of relationship-turned-sour tunes is the soundtrack to millions of lovestruck minds out there. Simply beautiful.
1. El Camino by The Black Keys
Love at first beat. The Black Keys are the epitomization of coolness in the school of rock. Non-stop awesome tracks from start to finish: great riffs that would make Page and Hendrix proud; punched-you-in-the-face beats; soulful yet rock-compliant vocals; a garage rock magnum opus. This album is, without a doubt, the best of 2011.