Around ten tears ago I had the realization that perhaps I became an artist because of the time it gave me to listen to lots of music. It's probably a bit more complicated than that, but it really is perhaps the greatest perk of the job. I get to listen to music sometimes all day long, and until the wee hours of the night. So this post is a list of the 10 current albums I listened to the most in 2011. Most of these were not actually released in 2011, but rather 2010, and I would like to add, I am so not a music critic so bare with me with regards to my simplistic descriptions. "This album rocks!" will have to suffice at times...
|Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me, 2010|
Ok, I am about to really geek out here. The most significant and life altering music for me of the past 10 years has been Joanna Newsom and 2010's Have One On Me will undoubtedly be playing on my Ipod for the next 10 years. I can admit, it is not Y's, but with 18 songs, there are around 7 that are as amazing as any of the Y's songs. I search far and wide for a musician or band that can put me in such a profound state of tizzy and awe as Joanna Newsom. The search continues.
|i said to you, Honey just open your heart, when I've got trouble even opening a honey jar...|
So the bar is pretty high, and the following albums are pretty darn amazing too. In no particular order:
|Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid, 2010|
|PJ Harvey, Let England Shake, 2011|
|War Paint, Exquisite Corpse, 2010|
|I don't know much about War Paint, other than they are from LA and they are geniuses...|
|Rasputina, Sisterkinderhook, 2010|
|Meklit Hadero, on a day like this, 2010|
|Laura Marling, A Creature I Don't Know, 2011|
When it comes to pure, clean, sophisticated and unpretentious folk music, Laura Marling is queen. This is her 3rd album, and perhaps her best. This album has hints of Joni's Court and Spark. Laura's voice is so beautiful and smooth and it takes a few plays to realize how powerful and uncommon it is. I have been playing this every night since I got it.
|and, she is like 17! Well, I think now she is the ripe old age of 21...|
|Wild Flag, 2011|
|Pree, Folly, 2011|
Ok, I have consciously put this album last because it just may turn out to be my favorite album of the year and may come close to blissing me out the way Joanna does. I only got this album a few days ago, but I am totally in love. It's weird folk/rock, with a Coco Rosie-esque sounding vocalist. Super wobbly, nasal-ly and stylizedl. My very favorite sounds...
Well, there you have my 10 favorite albums that I listened to in 2011. It was a good year, I got a lot of work done, was very inspired and I have the ladies above to thank for that...
May your new year ROCK!!!