Top 10 lists are hard, especially with something as open to personal preference as music. Should one include their personal favourites, or the albums one sees as innovative and daring, even if they weren’t on the iPod rotation as often? 2011 was a great year for musical experimentation – concept albums abounded and the noble saxophone experienced somewhat of a renaissance. In light of this, I decided to go with route #2. Even though there were other albums that contained one single I had on repeat for a week, these records were the products of the true visionaries of 2011. Their scope, vision, and innovation were unmatched, in my opinion. And that’s all it really is, isn’t it? And I know you have one, too, so read my picks for the top 10 albums of 2011 after the jump and leave your opinions in the comments! Continue reading
From traditional pop to rap, electronic, and even sax-centric indie rock that echoes the smooth sounds of Kenny G, 2011 was a great year for music. Check out our top 10 albums of 2011 after the jump, and be sure to sound off about what your favourite albums of last year were in the comments.
[Album: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming]
[Label: Mute US / 2011]
The ticking of a clock, the tapping of a shoe, the dialogue of irrelevant conversations slowly blurring into a collective murmur. Staring into nothing, but thinking about everything. It’s a feeling of passive surrender. A feeling of equilibrium. And, more than ever before, it’s a feeling that M83 inspires on “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”.
Some like to label it shoegaze, others dreampop – whatever you want to call it, it’s good. Continue reading