Staff Infection: Best Albums of 2011
The truth of the matter is that I look at best of lists much like I look at annual taxes. Every year I say I will stay on top of it, so that when the time comes I will already have the list I’m confident of presenting as my favorite albums of the year. And much like my taxes, after the first few months I find myself sliding into old patterns so that when the time does come I have to cram for what feels like an Econ final at Harvard.
This year is no different, but I’ve also made the executive decision to avoid cramming and just go with what I know. I may miss albums that I would have loved—I’m fairly certain I’ll bring Wilco, Black Keys and Nick Lowe back into the mix at a later date. For now, I’m going with the albums that consumed my attention and failed to let go. In no particular order:
Adele, 21-It all started with an intense climb in spinning class with “Rolling in the Deep”. Adele continued to inspire me through central park runs and the 300 mile Make a Wish ride through Michigan in July.
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light- It’s no secret that I’m a huge Foo Fighters fan, and more importantly an even bigger Dave Grohl fan. I’m typically more of an AAA kind of girl as you’ll see by the rest of this list, but FF had a way of drawing out that aggression and also getting me through many long bicycle rides this summer.
Rachael Yamagata, Chesapeake- Rachael is the only artist to ever make me start crying at a show, so to say this record was long awaited would be an understatement. Even though it is a much brighter album than her others, I still find myself drawn to the melancholy of her songs and her voice rips right through me.
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues-What can I say? I love Robin Picard’s voice and this album did not disappoint.
John Shipe, Villain-Great songwriting and melody. It’s another one for the AAA lover in me and when I need a little dose of melancholy. Listen to "Love Belongs to Everyone".
Bear Lake, If You Were Me-I think it’s the Band of Horses quality that drew me in and made me keep this record on repeat, repeatedly.
Michael J Epstein Memorial Library, Volume I-Indie chamber folk at its finest and who wouldn’t like an album that features a song mentioning Judy Blume?
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Every week a different Green Light Go staff member will write about what bands have infected their ears for the week and give you an opportunity to hear it for yourself.