As this December rolls along toward my top albums of 2016 blog post, I’m introducing you to my lists of years past. From 2010, we naturally move to 2011 in good ole chronological fashion.
2016 Manny: 2011 was quite the year for music. Let me take you down my musical memory lane. Our term’s almost done, Christmas is almost here, and rest is just around the corner. Give these suggestions a listen, if you so wish this season. The Head and the Heart burst onto the scene, Bon Iver blew our minds, M83 was the glorious sound of Red Bull, and The Civil Wars came down from heaven. However, my number one album in 2011 was not of the obvious… Have a look and a listen to these gems below.
2011 Manny: Let’s get right to it! Last year, I said that I don’t like to limit my selection to 10… so I didn’t. I felt the need to add a bunch of honourable mentions, and I’ll do the same here. I’m hesitant in regards to my ordering, so if you disagree, by all means, DISAGREE!
10. Foster the People – Torches
9. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
8. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
7. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.
5. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
4. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
3. The Head & The Heart – The Head and the Heart
2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
1. Sam Roberts Band – Collider
A class act. Sam Roberts’s lyrics are mind boggling and his groove is never ending. I cannot choose a favourite track because all 13 are candidates! I saw them live in November and was in awe of how tight they were with their sound. They keep coming out with completely solid albums. I can’t complain one bit.
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers