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Top Ten Albums of 2011: #5 Beirut and Fleet Foxes

In Beat Jab Best of 2011, podcast on December 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

This week Beat Jab continues our look at our favorite albums of 2011…

#5 Album of the year:

Jay Cullis:

Fleet Foxes: “Helplessness Blues”

Was there a more honest record this year? One more traumatic? One more in tune with the grief that we all eventually face? By the time Robin Pecknold wails about the “sunlight over me no matter what I do,” you realize where he’s at.  And he knows it too. This light – this, the simplest, most elementary factor in the solar system – this is all there is. The planets spin around the sun. The moon obits the earth. The stars move across the sky from east to west. We love. We hurt, time and again. It’s elementary. But it’s not easy.

Micah Ling:

Beirut: “The Rip Tide”

This band emerged in 2006, but feels like it’s still just getting started. There’s a lot of jazz here, a lot of world music and smart, young musicians who have been to interesting places. Place is important—ask any writer. The Rip Tide is where things just seem to fall into place. It’s short and nearly perfect. It feels old-fashioned: these songs stick with you, all day, and they’re comforting. What ever this band does next will likely be vastly different from this album, but they will, no doubt, continue to be worth following.

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