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.

5.  Jack’s Mannequin – People and Things

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.

4.  Switchfoot – Vices and Verses

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.

3.  Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

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.

2. Seryn – This is Where I Am

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).

1.  Abandon Kansas – Ad Astra Per Aspera

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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12 responses to Music.

  1. I don’t listen to very much “new” music…but I do like the old school stuff…

    I do like shane and shane and robbie seay band who both have new albums this year…

  2. I hate radio cuz I despise commercials. That being said, I listen to CDs a lot. I don’t buy as much as I used to so don’t have a lot to recommend. Here are some though. I just bought Switchfoot’s The Best So Far. It is awesome! I have never really listened to them much…until now. I will take your recommendation of Vices and Verses. I tend to like rock, particularly classic rock/hair band so I think Stryper’s The Covering is a fantastic collection of songs (and some good axe playing and vocals). I like 7th Time Down and if you like Daughtrey-style rock you will too. Since I am a child of the 60s I have also been listening to Tommy James and the Shondells. (Don’t say anything) 🙂

  3. I\’ll have to look into 7th Time Down… Daughtrey isn\’t my favorite, but I don\’t mind some of his stuff.

  4. I love the Seryn CD. Have you checked our Zach Williams and the Bellow? Great stuff on the story time album, not sure how to classify his music, kind of a mix of everything.

  5. I’m not a huge fan of rap, but I do like the Christian stuff. The new Man Up album from 116 Clique is pretty good stuff.

  6. I recently heard Kerrie Roberts’ song “Outcast,” and have listened to it almost daily ever since. It’s an awesome song, musically and lyrically.

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