Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2011 End of the Year Wrap-Up: Albums 30-21

30.) Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang

Raekwon continues his hot streak with another great album sans RZA.

29.) Blueprint - Adventures in Counter Culture

The Columbus, Ohio native examines American popular cultures, with one of the most original and creative releases of the year.

28.) Blu - No York!

Blu's major label debut that never was, is one of the most polarizing releases of the year, but was also one of the more enjoyable.

27.) Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys

Death Cab's latest is filled with more optimism than previous releases, and more keys.

T-26.) Yuck - Self-titled

Whoops, I accidentally forgot to add the British band Yuck to my Excel project. So I put them tied with The Black Keys as they both had a score of 67. Their grungey debut is a straight 90s throwback from the heavy guitar riffs, to the minimalistic (but effective songwriting), and to the (presumably intentional) shitty mixing.

T-26.) The Black Keys - El Camino

The Keys' latest is their poppiest release yet, but it's also one of their best.

25.) Murs - Love & Rockets Vol. 1

Murs teams up with Ski Beatz for his best release in a few years.

24.) Beirut - The Rip Tide

The baroque pop band drops one of the prettier releases of 2011.

23.) Bright Eyes - The People's Key

On Bright Eyes' rumored-to-be last album, Conor Oberst's songwriting covers religion and aliens, but I assure you it's still pretty awesome.

22.) Evidence - Cats & Dogs

Evidence's long-awaited Rhymesayers debut shows the Dilated Peoples rep at his most personal over incredible production handled mostly by Alchemist.

21.) J-Live - S.P.I.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)

The underground vet drops some phenomenal boom bap vibes

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