Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best Albums of 2011

It may have been a bad movie year, but the music industry did not disappoint. I actually had a hard time narrowing down this list to fifteen. There are certainly others that were in the running, others that didn't make the list because of one track or another--it was that hard. Here it is:
  1. Tom Waits: Bad As Me
  2. Bon Iver: Bon Iver
  3. Wilco: The Whole Love
  4. Black Keys: El Camino
  5. The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow
  6. Trampled by Turtles: Palomino
  7. The Roots: Undun
  8. Glenn Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas
  9. Foo Fighters: Wasting Light
  10. HARDTOBREATHE: The Reckoning
  11. Bush: Sea of Memories
  12. Miranda Lambert: Four the Record
  13. Lucinda Williams: Blessed
  14. Matt Nathanson: Modern Love
  15. Christina Perri: Lovestrong
Narrowing it down to fifteen may have been difficult, but picking the number one album of 2011 was incredibly easy. After listening to one track of Tom Waits' seventeenth studio album, I was sold. If you haven't listened to it, go. Now! It's that good.

It was a great year for upstarts (Christina Perri and The Civil Wars) and artists that have been around for what seems like ages (Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and the incomparable Glenn Campbell). And that I can only think of two disappointments (return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ryan Adams' Ashes & Fire) is saying something. The music industry better get cracking because 2011 is going to be hard to beat.


N. Speth said...

The new Roots WAS amazing but my comment is this: How good was Bad as Me!? Holy crap!

N. Speth said...

And The Civil Wars! The first time I heard Barton Hollow I was amazed.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Nick, thanks for stopping by! Wow, that was one of the strongest Waits albums EVER. I was completely stunned. I honestly didn't believe he had it left in him & he blew me away.

The Civil Wars is music that has needed to come around for a very long time. I, too, was amazed.

Wordsmith said...

Amos Lee, and Adele - seriously.

Tara A. Rowe said...

I'm not discounting the strength of Adele's album and I'd forgotten entirely about Amos Lee. On most lists I've looked at, Adele is #1. Just not mine. ;)

Anonymous said...

I didn't even need to listen to one track of "Bad as Me" to know it would be the best album of 2011. Any Tom Waits CD is automatically the best CD of whatever year it's released.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Hey Sean, thanks for dropping by! "Bad As Me" blew my mind. I'll never doubt Waits again, that's for sure.