11 from 11 –> Music


While we wait for the Recording Industry Association of America to release the 2011 music sales data, I thought I’d share my favorite 11 albums from 2011.

I use the word “album” like we all do now, because of the decline of CD sales and growth of digital music, but also because I think albums are better than singles. (It’s harder to make 10 to 16 great songs on a non-compilation album, and I personally like artists that make bodies of work without filler.) Also, I use the word “album” because I think we’ll see continued growth in vinyl record sales, which were up 37% in the first half of 2011, according to the RIAA. (Full year data is out for the UK showing CDs down by 13% and digital up 24%, according to the British Phonographic Institute.)

Here are my 11 from 11
(alphabetical order)

Ryan Adams’ Ashes & Fire
Adele’s 21
The Black Keys’ El Camino
Bon Iver’s Bon Iver
Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues
Allison Krauss & Union Station’s Paper Airplane
Amos Lee’s Mission Bell
Robert Plant’s Band of Joy
Radiohead’s The King of Limbs
Various Artists’ The Story (EMI)
Wilco’s The Whole Love

Honorable Mentions:

Francesca Battistelli’s Hundred More Years, Beach Boys’ Smile Sessions, Cage the Elephant’s Thank You Happy Birthday, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Danger Mouse & Daniele Lupi’s Rome, Death Cab for Cutie’s Codes & Keys, Decemberists’ The King is Dead, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light, Gungor’s Ghosts Upon the Earth, Hawk Nelson’s Crazy Love, Hillsong’s Aftermath, Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes, My Morning Jacket’s Circuital, The Roots’ Undone, TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light.

Looking forward to in 2012:

U2’s Songs of Ascent


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