It's that time of year again! Time for the roundup of my favorite albums of the year. 2011 was an especially great year for music, especially women artists. Here's my list, in no particular order.
Wilco - The Whole Love
I was about to give up on this band. Their last few albums were so boring. This album reminded me why I loved them in the first place!
War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
A great record for a quiet Friday evening at home.
Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
I have loved Tori for so long. I don't care if she's not the most popular. She is a musical genius. Her albums of the last decade have been enjoyable, but there was usually only a song or two on each one I really loved. This album works the entire way through. I can't stop listening to it. Best when driving on a gray day.
Wild Flag - Wild Flag
These ladies rock. Enough said.
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Her guitar work cannot be denied. I think this album is alot more accessible than her last effort, Actor. A really great listen from beginning to end.
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
I was against this album when I heard a sneak peak of it before it came out. Then I bought it and listened to it. One of her best. I don't know why I was so turned off by it at first. But, as I've learned throughout my life thus far, things I initially greatly dislike end up being my most favorites. (Twin Peaks, Tori Amos, Big Lebowski, etc).
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Sensual and beautiful album. Her voice is captivating.
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
The super fun party album of 2011. I dare you to listen to this and not dance around the room like a silly person.
Tom Waits - Bad as Me
Best album since Mule Variations. Some really great tunes from one of America's best song writers.