I hate the radio. They take music that was meant to be experienced with the full album and rip it out of context. This last year I’ve listened to plenty of music, days worth of music. Mostly in album form. I’ve come up with a list of my top 5 albums from 2011 and why I think you should check them out.
If you haven’t listened to Jack’s Mannequin yet their third album is an excellent opportunity to do so. Making up for their second album they released a couple years ago, they recapture the perfect blend of piano, pop, and great lyrics.
No one has been saying profound things with incredible musical talent as long as Switchfoot. This new album is simply incredible. I had it on repeat for weeks, before I finally started listening to something else.
It’s a Coldplay album, meaning if you like soft rock and high powered anthems, you’ll love it. If you have never heard of Coldplay, you might live under some kind of rock.
Up until two months ago I had never heard of Seryn. But after the opening session of Catalyst Conference I knew that my life would not be complete until I listened to their full album. These guys are a great mix of bluegrass, southern rock, and beards. Seriously it’s like you have to have an awesome beard to be in the band (except the woman, she’s beardless).
I’ve been following Abandon Kansas for a long time. Listening to their music before they were even really good. I’ve cheered for them, purchased EPs they probably wished didn’t exist, and been to just about every release party they’ve ever had. But nothing matches this latest CD. Incredible vocals, addictive beats, and irresistible hooks make up the backbone of Abandon Kansas.
Alright, you’re turn. What did I miss? What should I be listening to?
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