Talking Music: Reflections & Recommendations by Admohr

Top Albums 2011

Posted in 2011, The Year's Best, Top Ten by admohr on December 26, 2011

2011

10. Dirty BeachesBadlands
“Lord Knows Best”
An enigmatic solo LP performance by Alex Zhang Hungtai mixing thick, crazed Suicide loops of distortion with lounge serenades to a summation that creeps & charms.

9. Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings
“Been Through”
Dylan Baldi & co.’s perfect (& likely final) collection of punk-influenced pop and the fleeting emotions therein.

8. The Pains Of Being Pure At HeartBelong
“Too Tough”
Inspired (& powerfully streamlined) indie-pop capable of thrusting any listener deep into the endless world of fuzzy seclusion, torment & Twee.
Bonus: Recommended If You Like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: Big TroublesRomantic Comedy

7. IceageNew Brigade
“You’re Blessed”
Danish teens’ homage to brash, noisy post-punk seemingly preserved through two prior generations.

6. Laura Arkana met Peter BroderickLentemuziek
“Souvenirs”
Though performed entirely in Dutch vocals, listeners in any language experience soul-shaken emotions that invoke memories of Hem or Horse Feathers at their most devastating.

5. MinksBy The Hedge
“Bruises”
Gentle Dream Pop cradled with the perfect touch of noise & mystery that allows the listener to escape any context entirely in the unique way that only the genre can offer.

4. John MausWe Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
“Believer”
Shrouded in atmospheric textures & tones in a post-punk homage straight out of Rip It Up And Start Again though hopefully invoking the innovative expressiveness of Ariel Pink enough to avoid Retromania.

3. The MenLeave Home
“Bataille”
Brash, industrial waves of guitar complemented with spitting & screaming for fans of A Place To Bury Strangers that can still hear.

2. St. VincentStrange Mercy
“Champagne Year”
An incredible leap in power of sound & pop influences in her songwriting, Annie Clark’s sonic journey is simultaneously her most engaging & most accomplished effort.

1. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
“Marked”
Unleashed, uninhibited individual expression at it’s most affecting & convincing since Horses.
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11. BlouseBlouse
“Into Black”

12. Cold CaveCherish The Light Years
“Underworld USA”
Bonus: Recommended If You Like Cold Cave: Handsome FursSound Kapital

13. Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
“Friedrichshain”
Bonus: Recommended If You Like Chelsea Wolfe: Circuit Des YeuxPortrait

14. SeaponyGo With Me
“Blue Star”

15. Dum Dum GirlsOnly In Dreams
“Bedroom Eyes”

16. AustraFeel It Break
“Beat And The Pulse”
Bonus: Recommended If You Like Austra: Zola JesusConatus

17. The DrumsPortamento
“Money”

18. Real EstateDays
“Green Aisles”

19. Fucked UpDavid Comes To Life
“One More Night”

20. Atlas SoundParallax
“Angel Is Broken”

21. Kurt VileSmoke Ring For My Halo
“Society Is My Friend”

22. TwerpsTwerps
“I Fought Fings”

23. Lydia LovelessIndestructible Machine
“Learn To Say No”

24. True WidowAs High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth
“Skull Eyes”

25. United FruitFault Lines
“Kamikaze”

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P.S. EliotSadie
Pure XPleasure

5 DFW Local:
5. Bad SportsKings Of The Weekend
“Teenage Girls”
4. Mind SpidersMind Spiders
“Mind Spiders Theme”
3. Old SnackEverything Is Happening So Fast
“Burt Reynolds IV”
2. The BlurriesPaper Cuts
“For The Night”
1. On After DarkOn After Dark
“Our Project”

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