Thursday, February 16, 2012

2011 End of the Year Wrap-Up: Albums 20-11

20.) The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence

On the final installment of the Toronto crooner's trilogy, The Weeknd improves his songwriting and shows that he is no one trick pony.

19.) Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne

The epic collaboration falls short of lofty expectations, but still manages to push the hip hop envelope. Talks of a follow up for 2012 are promising, as the final product won't be as rushed.

18.) Asher Roth - Pabts & Jazz

On Pabts & Jazz, Asher flexes his lyrical muscle, and shows that his post-"I Love College" career will be something to follow. This jazzy effort is easily Roth's best work.

17.) Thurz - LA Riots

The other half of UNI drops a politically charged album surrounded around the Rodney King riots.

16.) Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Justin Vernon and company step out of that cabin in Wisconsin are create the anti-"For Emma," with beautiful, lush production and abstract, impressionistic songwriting.

15.) Blue Scholars - Cinemetropolis

Geo and Sabzi's fan-supported, movie-inspired LP, showcases top notch production and socially conscious rhymes.

14.) DJ Quik - The Book of David

The West Coast vet has a late career revival with some excellent post-G-Funk production; a great summer soundtrack.

13.) Saigon - Greatest Story Never Told

The most aptly titled album finally is released, and exceeds expectations.

12.) Adele - 21

The year's best-selling records is also one of the year's best albums.

11.) Atmosphere - The Family Sign

The indie rap vets turns into a quartet, with bluesy guitar-based production and grown man rap songs.

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