Albums of the Year: 2011

by Nic Olson

Twelve point two (12.2) days of music. Five-thousand-three-hundred and seven (5307) songs.

I have purposefully gone through my entire iTunes library and played every song that it holds at least once, since October 2010 when I reset the play count entirely. I only got serious into the project around October 2011 and only realized how painful the process would be by November 2011. There are some albums that are worth no more than thirty seconds of play time, an embarrassed chuckle and a shake of the head, however I cannot bring myself to delete them. These are the albums that I have been struggling through since October 2011. Albums that somehow meant something but have become sad reminders of how musical trends die horribly like the physical formats on which they are released. Some albums I would rather delete than listen to once in a year, however in the spirit of variation and character building, I work my way through them all.

The albums below were those released this past calendar year that mattered most to me. This is an open forum. Please share your own.

Greg MacPherson – Disintegration Blues

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – Scandalous

David Bazan – Strange Negotiations

Northcote – Gather No Dust

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Foxwarren – Has Been Defeated

The Mag Seven – Black Feathers

Sick of it All – Based on a True Story

Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me