It’s that time of year again, time to share my top lists of the year. Yesterday I shared my 12 favorite books of the year. To read my favorite album lists from 2011, click here. Today, it’s time for my favorite albums of the year list. Today I’ll share the ones that got honorable mentions. Great albums, but not good enough for the top 12 list:
Alabama Shakes | Boys & Girls
If you like country-tinged Americana, this is a band to check out.
Cat Power | Sun
You should have this album. It’s her best yet.
The Album Leaf | Torey’s Distraction – Original Soundtrack
Great background, instrumental music.
Barcelona | Not Quite Yours
Poppy, fun album.
Andrew Bird | Break It Yourself
Over the years, Andrew Bird has grown on me. He has some crazy, creative albums and this is the best one.
Damien Jurado | Maraqopa
I’ve liked Damien since I heard his Tooth and Nail album “Waters Ave S.” 6 years ago and have faithfully continued to buy his stuff. Such emotion in his writing.
Clarenseau | This One’s for You
Their debut “Until Our Lungs Give” was fantastic, this is just more of the same. If you like The Civil Wars, you’ll love Clarensau.
The Avett Brothers | The Carpenter
Katie and I are huge fans of The Avett Brothers. If you can see them live, you need to do so. This album just lacked the punch of “I and Love and You“, which is too bad because I think this was the album I was the most excited about buying this year.
Lost in the Trees | A Church That Fits Our Needs
Their first album “All alone in an empty room” was fantastic and made my list of favorite albums in 2010. This album was way more ambitious, pushing the envelope in creativity and it paid off.
Dry the River | Shallow Bed
In the same vein as Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers. An album definitely worth checking out.
Best Coast | The Only Place
Influenced by 60’s surf rock, this is a great background chill-out album.
Mumford & Sons | Babel
While “Babel” is a great album, it isn’t “Sigh no More.” The problem with making an album that isn’t your first one is it is always compared to your first one. If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, “Babel” is a must have album.
Fanfarlo | Rooms Filled With Light
This album is a real departure from their previous album “Reservoir.” At first, I didn’t like, but over the year it grew on me and is now one of my favorites.
Fun | Some Nights
The name of the band says everything you need to know about this album and their style. It is a fun, rockin album.
E for Explosion | The View from Cypress Lane…
Perfect writing and reading ethereal music.
First Aid Kit | The Lion’s Roar
Comprised of 2 sisters from Sweden, First Aid Kit is a great acoustic driven, girl singing group. Upbeat just enough to keep it moving and their vocals is simply off the charts.
Good Old War | Come Back As Rain
Not sure how it took me so long to discover Good Old War, but wow. If you like The Head and the Heart, you’ll love Good Old War.
Future of Forestry | Young Man Follow
I’ve been a fan of Future of Forestry since they were Something like Silas and this is easily their best album.
Come back tomorrow to see what made my Top 12 Albums of the Year list.
Any guesses on what made the list?