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Off Key With Eric D. presents the Top 11 Albums of 2011!!!

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Greetings music lover,

Normally I would count down the top 20 records of the year, supplementing each with a nifty diatribe as to why they were so awesome and prevalent in the given year. However, in an effort to balance out my busy nature and, more so, not conform to myself, I’ve decided to focus upon the top 11 records of this year, a year which conveniently ends with the number 11. Get it? I thought you would. Anyway, without further ado, here are those best records of the year, discussed in bite-sized reviews so you can read them on that brand new iPhone 4S you got for Christmas:

11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” [iTunes version] (Sour Mash)

Finally, Noel breaks away from his [expletive deleted] brother to go out on his own, releasing an album that proves him to be the only good thing to come out of the late Oasis.  Key tracks: “(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine,” “Stop The Clocks,” “A Simple Game Of Genius”

10. Atlas Sound – “Parallax” [Japanese version] (4AD)

Atlas Sound’s latest album, their most accessible thus far, is the sixth album frontman Bradford Cox has released in the last 4 years. Calling him prolific is an understatement.  Key tracks: “Te Amo,” “Angel is Broken,” “Terra Incognita”

9. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Belong” [Japanese version] (Slumberland)

Pains’ second album makes their first album sound like crap.  Key tracks: “Belong,” “Anne With An E,” “Strange”

8. St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy” (4AD)

Annie Clark’s latest album is more strange than merciful, taking a slightly divergent direction that concedes a less enthralling listening experience than her first two records. It’s still good though.  Key tracks: “Cruel,” “Cheerleader,” “Surgeon”

7. My Morning Jacket – “Circuital” (ATO)

After the interestingly eclectic, indie/neo-psychedelia headache that was 2008’s “Evil Urges,” My Morning Jacket returned this year with an album that (thankfully) sounded like their much-revered older work, in turn making for much-revered newer work.  Key tracks: “The Day Is Coming,” “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” “Outta My System”

6. Friendly Fires – “Pala” [Japanese tour edition] (XL)

“Pala” is the perfect second act to Friendly Fires’ dance pop story, gyrating its way into our hearts with songs about love, loss, and films with talking dogs.  Key tracks: “Live Those Days Tonight,” “Hawaiian Air,” “Hurting”

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