#2 on the original list
21 Adele Honestly, at different times any of these top 5 records could be my #1 - and it was nice to see the year's bestselling record actually be one of A+ quality.
#117 on the original list
Mine Is Yours Cold War Kids My go-to 2011 record when I just need an energy boost (sadly, there don't seem to be as many of those records these days although there were more this year than the last few) - the first 2 songs are
#10 on the original list
Let England Shake PJ Harvey PJ Harvey's albums tend to each have a unique feel, and while I've always liked her work, the only other album that I have really loved was Stories By The Ocean, Stories From The Sea - until this
#21 on the original list
The Whole Love Wilco A fine return to "Ghost Is Born" form. I can't say I've yet listened to this enough to have a final opinion - I'm nervous about listening to it too much because my wife likes Wilco a lot so
#87 on the original list
Kiss Each Other Clean Iron & Wine A bit of a departure from the previous Iron and Wine releases, it took me a few listens to really get into this one. Once I did, I was well-rewarded - Sam Beam has taken this group to the next level
#106 on the original list
Bad As Me Tom Waits Like his 1999 Mule Variations (and unlike everything else he has released since then) Bad As Me does not to my ears appear to have even a single mediocre track.
#12 on the original list
The King of Limbs Radiohead
Gloss Drop Battles Each of their records is a "levelup" - easily the best experimental/(mostly) instrumental release of the decade so far.
#126 on the original list
Here We Rest Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Blows away the Drive-By Truckers 2011 album, which was one of their weakest efforts.
#4 on the original list
Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes Sounded even better live.
#119 on the original list
Dynamite Steps The Twilight Singers Not their best work, but almost everything Dulli does is at such a high level of quality . . .
#133 on the original list
C'mon Low Year after year, Low's songwriting skills slowly creep upward.
#109 on the original list
David Comes to Life Fucked Up Need to listen to this more (just don't find myself in the mood for 70 minutes of loud neo-hardcore as often these days as I used to) but damn it's ambitious, and full of strong songs.
#131 on the original list
Gentle Spirit Jonathan Wilson Added late as I didn't hear this until 2012 . . . might climb even higher on the list
#16 on the original list
I’m With You Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusciante is definitely missed, and I don't hear any outright classics on this, but neither is it filled with clunkers. I'd rate it somewhere between Stadium Arcadium and By The Way.
#46 on the original list
Tomboy Panda Bear It grew on me (and as an aside, I actually preferred the solo Panda Bear set I saw at the Hollywood Bowl to the big-stage AC set at Coachella this year, though I'm eagerly awaiting any sign of new
#3 on the original list
Wasting Light Foo Fighters
#5 on the original list
Bon Iver, Bon Iver Bon Iver Definitely overrated - the amount of attention lavished on Bon Iver this year is yet another indicator of the current dearth of real new rock stars. Still, a decent record.
#39 on the original list
Yuck Yuck I'm not quite as into this as others seem to be (wish the songs were more consistent), but it's great to be hearing fresh stuff in the alterna90s vein.
#33 on the original list
Collapse Into Now R.E.M. This, their swan song, is maddeningly inconsistent and not quite as good as their previous release, but far superior to their records of the early '00s.
#23 on the original list
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Beastie Boys Far superior to their last album (that rancid turd "For the 5 Boroughs" they put out about 8,000 years ago).If you've never seen the Fight For Your Right Revisited video here, take the time,
#93 on the original list
Nine Types of Light TV on the Radio Unquestionably their weakest work, and lacking in standout tracks. But in a relatively mediocre year these guys are still one of the more interesting bands around.
Blessed Lucinda Williams More consistent than some of her post-Car Wheels output, though never great.
#96 on the original list
The Great Escape Artist Jane's Addiction Much of this record is mediocre (Navarro truly shot his riff-wad by '90 or so), but Perry sounds good and in addition to the excellent single "Irresistable Force" there are a handful of
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