December 7, 2011

My favourite albums: Awesome and cool albums of 2010-2011: Top 30 Albums: My best of list

Since I didn't put up a post for my favourite tunes and albums of 2010, and since it takes me a while for things to grow on me, I'm going to be a little different than other music writers. I'm going to do "best of" posts for 2 year periods. This will allow me to be late to the party, and give albums extra time to germinate in my little brain. So this set of posts will cover 2010 and 2011.

One side effect of iTunes, smart playlists and listening to songs over albums is that I've really become a lot more of a "songs guy" over being an "album guy". I was more of an album guy back when I was buying vinyl and CDs in the 80s and 90s and I'd throw them on the turntable or in the CD player and listen to the whole things end to end.

That's my explanation for why my best albums list is so much shorter than my best songs list, anyway.

  1. The National - High Violet
  2. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
  3. Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This
  4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
  5. The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
  6. The Whigs - In The Dark
  7. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
  8. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
  9. The New Pornographers - Together
  10. Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin
  11. Robyn - Body Talk
  12. Hard Fi - Killer Sounds
  13. John Grant - The Queen of Denmark
  14. The Black Keys - Brothers
  15. Army Navy - The Last Place
  16. The Posies - Blood/Candy
  17. The Kills - Blood Pressures
  18. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
  19. Telekinesis - 12 Desparate Straight Lines
  20. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
  21. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
  22. Stars - The Five Ghosts
  23. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
  24. We Were Promised Jetpacks - In the Pit of the Stomach
  25. Kasabian - Velociraptor!
  26. The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
  27. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  28. Sky Larkin - Kaleide
  29. The Thermals - Personal Life
  30. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Check out the rest of my best of posts.