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Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:44 PM

Post your favorite albums of 2011 list

I thought it was a good year with next year likely to be even better with releases by A Fine Frenzy, Michelle Branch, Ingrid Michaelson, The Veronicas, and hopefully U2 and The Pierces' US release of their 2011 album that I have not heard. I still have yet to hear quite a few albums and could definitely change this in late Dec. or January. But here's what I have right now, since there are no UPCOMING CDs in December that I want:

Top 20 -

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Eisley - The Valley
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Christina Perri - lovestrong.
Kate Voegele - Gravity Happens
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Kina Grannis - Stairwells
Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams
Fountains Of Wayne - Sky Full Of Holes
Lights - Siberia
Vanessa Carlton - Rabbits On The Run
Laura Stevenson & Cans - Sit Resist
Tristen - Charlatans At The Garden Gate
R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
The Stinkin' Pinkos - Songs to Offend Everyone
The Cars - Move Like This
Indigo Girls - Beauty Queen Sister
Wilco - The Whole Love
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
The Bangles - Sweetheart Of The Sun

A few of the honorable mentions:

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time
Adele - 21
The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

So what are your favorites?

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Initech Dec 2011 #6
cbdo2007 Dec 2011 #8
Initech Dec 2011 #13
Amerigo Vespucci Dec 2011 #26
Initech Dec 2011 #48
OswegoAtheist Dec 2011 #3
mvd Dec 2011 #5
Initech Dec 2011 #4
LynneSin Dec 2011 #7
Bennyboy Dec 2011 #9
geardaddy Dec 2011 #10
mvd Dec 2011 #12
Loge23 Dec 2011 #11
dawg Dec 2011 #14
sweetloukillbot Dec 2011 #16
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #15
EastTennesseeDem Dec 2011 #31
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #38
Initech Dec 2011 #47
sweetloukillbot Dec 2011 #17
radiclib Dec 2011 #18
mvd Dec 2011 #21
blue_onyx Dec 2011 #19
mvd Dec 2011 #20
blue_onyx Dec 2011 #35
mvd Dec 2011 #37
blue_onyx Dec 2011 #45
bif Dec 2011 #22
mvd Dec 2011 #23
bif Dec 2011 #34
mvd Dec 2011 #36
fishwax Dec 2011 #24
progressoid Dec 2011 #25
Indepatriot Dec 2011 #27
Loge23 Dec 2011 #33
AngryOldDem Dec 2011 #28
wysimdnwyg Dec 2011 #32
AlbertCat Dec 2011 #29
EastTennesseeDem Dec 2011 #30
mvd Dec 2011 #39
Broken_Hero Dec 2011 #40
Broken_Hero Dec 2011 #52
stockholmer Dec 2011 #41
druidity33 Dec 2011 #42
mvd Dec 2011 #43
derby378 Dec 2011 #44
alarimer Dec 2011 #46
Loge23 Dec 2011 #49
mvd Dec 2011 #50
Loge23 Dec 2011 #51
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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:46 PM

1. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Best album by anyone in years.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:47 PM

2. Good choice

It's my favorite by them since There Is Nothing Left To Lose.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:59 PM

6. Love that album. Saw the Foos live this year. Really enjoyed the show.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 02:07 PM

8. Yep, they put on an excellent show. Dave Grohl is the ultimate rock star!!

My favorite part is when he plays the acoustic songs at the beginning of the encore.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 03:37 PM

13. They played a good 3+ hours when I saw them.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:27 AM

26. Hell yes. Amazing album.

ALSO:

Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Bill Frisell - All We Are Saying
Derek Sherinian - Oceana
Steve Hackett - Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
Beady Eye - Different Gear Still Speeding
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Black Country Communion II
Nirvana - Nevermind Super Deluxe
The Beach Boys - Smile Sessions
Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 05:16 PM

48. Awesome - don't see too many Steve Wilson fans around.

That guy is a machine - he made a new Blackfield album that's amazing, toured with Blackfield (saw them - great show) and there's a new PT album next year supposedly.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:56 PM

3. Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

"Drive" - Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Roots - Undun
Adele - 21

I agree with The Decemberists as well.

Oswego "NOT the Kanye/Jay-Z album" Atheist

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Response to OswegoAtheist (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:58 PM

5. I've only heard samples of the Florence And The Machine. So far I like it..

more than her last one. I'll consider it when I can buy albums again.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 12:57 PM

4. My favorites:

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Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
The Black Keys - El Camino
The Roots - Undun
Weird Al Yankovic - Alpocalypse
Blackfield - Welcome To My DNA
Mastodon - The Hunter
Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
Flogging Molly - Speed Of Darkness
Opeth - Heritage
Beastie Boys. - Hot Sauce Committee PT. 2
Rise Against - Endgame
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Trent Reznor / Atticus Ross - OST: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain
Graveyard - Hisingen Blues

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 01:09 PM

7. Many top albums have been listed so far my favorite include

Wilco - The Whole Love
The Roots - undun
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee 2
Black Keys - El Camino
Foster the People - Torches
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 02:09 PM

9. Carolyn Wonderland: PEACE MEAL....

 

Excellent album. Seriously Great singer and guitar player and generally one of the bestest people ever.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 02:10 PM

10. Here's one I can think of:

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 03:05 PM

12. Thanks! That's one that may..

fit my music taste.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 02:29 PM

11. Mission Bell

Just barely this year - released back in Jan, 2011.
Terrific collection from Amos Lee.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 04:12 PM

14. Yes - Fly From Here

Radiohead - The King of Limbs

What can I say? I only bought two new albums this year. The Yes album was the better of the two.

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Response to dawg (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:10 PM

16. I was pleasantly surprised by the Yes album.

I kind of resent how they went about it, but it is their strongest album since Talk or maybe even 90125.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 04:36 PM

15. Some of mine - TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light...

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Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest (we got to see her perform live...superb)
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Marcin Wasilewski - Faithful (jazz - ECM label)
Enrico Rava - Tribe (jazz - ECM label)
Mahler Symphones 5 and 9 (Gergiev - classical)
Mahler Symphony 2 (Rattle - classical)
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys

I didn't listen to a ton of new music this year....

We also got to see Arcade Fire live in Charlottesville. Just a remarkable concert!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:28 AM

31. Arcade Fire puts on one hell of a show don't they?

I saw them play at the Ryman in the summer of '10. It was right after they hit number one, and the arena was full to bursting. I will never forget that.

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Response to EastTennesseeDem (Reply #31)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:18 PM

38. One of the best concerts I've been to - so much positive energy.

I came to them late - first got into Funeral and Neon Bible two years ago. The Suburbs blows me completely away in its entirety. Makes me exhilarated - and actually just a bit sad - like lost innocence. What will they possibly do next?

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Response to EastTennesseeDem (Reply #31)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 04:09 PM

47. I saw them when I went to Coachella a couple years ago.

It was right after Neon Bible came out, I was drunk as hell but I remember really enjoying the show.

I want to see them live again.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 09:24 PM

17. In no particular order...

The Decemberists - King Is Dead
Opeth - Heritage
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Wilco - The Whole Love
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest
Wild Flag - s/t
Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
The Roots - Undun
The Black Keys - El Camino
King Creosote and John Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Bon Iver - s/t
Yuck - s/t
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
Mastodon - The Hunter
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events

And for rereleases -
The Beach Boys - Smile
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Nirvana - Nevermind
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:01 PM

18. I whittled my list down to five essentials

Tom Waits-BAD AS ME
Tedeschi Trucks Band-REVELATOR
Gillian Welch-THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST
Bruce Cockburn-SMALL SOURCE OF COMFORT
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit-HERE WE REST

Coming in January and NOT to be missed-

Kathleen Edwards-VOYAGEUR

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Response to radiclib (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:10 PM

21. I should like Kathleen's CD a lot

Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:55 PM

19. I have two

Britney Spears: Femme Fatale
Kelly Clarkson: Stronger

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Response to blue_onyx (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:09 PM

20. Hi, blue_onyx

The Kelly Clarkson has grown on me; I love it but not quite as much as her last 3 CDs. The verses seem very familiar all the time, which is one complaint. Britney's album is good but I like that one a little less than I did. The Michelle Branch CD should finally be out next year. "Happen To Call" is a free download right now at her site.

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Response to mvd (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:25 AM

35. Hi mvd

I love Kelly's CD. I guess I rank "Stronger" in the middle of all her CDs:

1. Breakaway
2. My December
3. Stronger
4. Thankful
5. All I Ever Wanted

There aren't really any bad songs on the new CD. My favorites are:

1. You Love Me
2. Dark Side
3. What Doesn't Kill you
4. Honestly
5. I Forgive You

I was bummed that Michelle Branch's CD got pushed back again. It feels like it will never come out. Well, I guess it gives me something to look forward to in 2012.

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Response to blue_onyx (Reply #35)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 12:52 PM

37. Many of the new Michelle songs sound like The Spirit Room, and we'd both like for it to be similar

I like every style she does, though.

Have a good holiday season.

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Response to mvd (Reply #37)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:23 AM

45. Yes

I love the Spirit Room and would love for her new CD to sound similar. I like "Sooner or Later" but some of her other more country songs I didn't enjoy. Although I've been into pop country a lot more recently. Probably my favorite song this year (even though is was released last year) is "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry.

I hope you have a good holiday season too

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:18 PM

22. Mine...

Kate Bush-"50 words for snow"
Peter Gabriel-"Scratch my back"
Atlas Sound-"Parallax"
Elbow "Build a Rocket Boys!"
Jonsi-"Go"
Ryan Adams "Ashes & Fire"
Tuneyards
Beirut- "The Rip Tide"
Sarah Jarosz "Follow Me Down"

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Response to bif (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:20 PM

23. Hi, bif

I am keeping that Sarah Jarosz album in mind for when I get more money. I could check out Ryan Adams, too. Any others there I might love?

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Response to mvd (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:00 AM

34. A bunch of other stuff

I'll have to PM you (if DU3 has that function). Do you use youtube to check out artists? Be sure to check out "With Love" by Elbow. Total earworm. All the cd's I listed I think are worth owning.

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Response to bif (Reply #34)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 12:50 PM

36. Yes, I do use it sometimes

Many of my suggestions are in this thread, but I have more. Thanks for the recommendations - not sure if PM is working yet.

Have a good holiday season, and we'll PM soon.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:22 PM

24. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:17 AM

25. In addition to many already listed above...

Here is PASTE magazine's list of 2011 fifty best:
http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2011/11/the-50-best-albums-of-2011.html

And another best of list compiled by a few thousand people:
http://www.besteveralbums.com/yearstats.php?y=2011

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 02:00 AM

27. Justin Townes Earle

Harlem River Blues....Steve's boy is the Real Deal

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Response to Indepatriot (Reply #27)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:36 AM

33. Good call - excellent record! (eom)

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:36 AM

28. The Black Keys -- El Camino n/t

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #28)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:37 AM

32. +1

Very good record

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:15 AM

29. My favorite album from 2011 is...

Retrospect Ensemble: Bach, Easter Oratorio & Ascension Oratorio... on the Linn Records label.

Amazing 300 year old music that moves.... even though I'm not at all religious nor do I understand German.

Who else on anybody's long lists of faves does that?


I also really liked

The Black Angels, "Phosphene Dream".... but that might have come out in 2010

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:25 AM

30. "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" is my number 1

I've played the hell out of some others though...2 thru 6 probably in this order:

The Antlers - Burst Apart
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Black Keys - El Camino
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Bright Eyes - The People's Key

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Response to EastTennesseeDem (Reply #30)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:30 PM

39. Is the Radiohead similar to their recent ones?

It's another album I haven't gotten around to yet.

I really like seeing lists from regular listeners because professional critics' lists usually have a lot of stuff I have no interest in.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:33 PM

40. Hmm, the ones that stick out to me

Christina Perri-Love Strong

Adele-21

Foo Fighters-Wasting Light

Five Finger Death Punch-American Capitalist

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Response to Broken_Hero (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 02:19 PM

52. And another one...

Songs of Anarchy, from the tv show Sons of Anarchy soundtrack...came out the other day, picked it up last night, its damn good. Katey Segals version of Bird on a Wire is amazing.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:51 PM

41. random alt pop stuff, ranked for 2011, with Spotify links

 

#1: JOSEF & ERIKA - Floods (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/0evOTMikOAhNzkRKBI73hb

#2: FLEET FOXES - Helplessness Blues (USA)

http://open.spotify.com/album/20RJRsAPD9Yx3Nols5cAGR

#3: EDDA MAGNASON - Goods (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/6aclqYRwdoKSnzLzizzrLE

#4: I BREAK HORSES - Hearts (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/0bQ1hqNyIVDTPyPHSG8FCb

#5: LYKKE LI - Wounded Rhymes (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/2HlEeBj6JSl0Eji4VRHWbX

#6: THE ANTLERS - Burst Apart (USA)

http://open.spotify.com/album/7pM6qdR5bSsg0Xis5aKGIY

#7: SKRIET - Det Beslutande Organet (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/3H2WwXXWkvM5AYe4BFdkoo

#8: MIRRORS - Lights and Offerings (UK)

http://open.spotify.com/album/4XngDVc2Rlb1KKUFB8gh2I

#9: TAPE - Revelationes (Sweden)

http://open.spotify.com/album/2xof3dAXkFt6NCQU0JXDhV

#10: SÓLEY - We Sink (Iceland)

http://open.spotify.com/album/1uh3swPBiSYIzYqVg7H4b7


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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:58 PM

42. Where's the BOOKMARK button?

There's a good list going here... i'd like to find it again.



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Response to druidity33 (Reply #42)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:50 PM

43. I don't see it, but you can click on "add to journal" in the bottom right of the opening post of the

thread. It will then be in your journal for future reference.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:55 PM

44. I'm still playing catch-up

Most of my 2011 albums are either witch house or some form of ambient, but there's probably more than that.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 01:54 PM

46. My favorites

The Decemberists, the King is Dead
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
Ryan Adams, Ashes and Fire
Jeffrey Foucault, Horse Latitudes
My Morning Jacket, Circuital
The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest
The Gourds, Old Mad Joy
Frank Turner, England Keep My Bones
Ha Ha Tonka, Death of A Decade

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 08:59 AM

49. Can't leave out Lucinda

Lucinda Williams' "Blessed" got a ton of time on my player this past year.

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Response to Loge23 (Reply #49)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 11:02 AM

50. And I heard some of the Veronica Falls album - and it sounds like good, catchy indie pop

I'm happy with my list as all on it are worthy, but i could re-evaluate since I haven't been able to buy many albums to catch up.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 12:40 PM

51. Shout out for Nick Lowe!

"The Old Magic" came out in 2011 and is a little gem of a record from the imitiable Mr. Lowe.

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Response to mvd (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 05:27 PM

53. The Harrow and The Harvest...Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings)

 

Can't get enough of it. Song of the year too...

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