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Top Ten Albums of 2011: #1 Bon Iver and Beirut

In Beat Jab Best of 2011, podcast on December 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

Beat Jab’s Best of 2011 rolls into the station today with Jay and Micah picking their favorite albums of the year. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out our official Beat Jab Best of 2011 Spotify playlist and well as the Beat Jab Podcast. This week features an extra-long Best Of edition with tracks from the top five. Subscribe via iTunes by clicking here!

We’ll see you in 2012!!!

#1 Album of the year:

Micah Ling:

Bon Iver: “Bon Iver”

This album may redefine how you think about music and sound altogether. For me, the concert in Indianapolis (reviewed here earlier this year) became the experience that all other concerts have to live up to. The album was so highly anticipated that it almost became nerve wracking. But it delivered—and continues to. The sound is so stripped down and meditative—and somehow absolutely rocking. Justin Vernon is messing with genre and everything else that tends to classify music. This album won’t get old; it might just define each emotion you experience.

Jay Cullis:

Baroque, bold and beguiling, no album this year entered so unexpectedly. Last time around, bandleader Zach Condon was indulging his every musical whim. But on “The Rip Tide” all those here-and-gone melodies instead linger. Rather than traipse off to the musical wilderness of gypsy traditionals or French cabarets, Condon chooses to focus on home. It’s the sound of an orbit making a final turn – a pulling back and setting a definite course. It’s a postcard: succinct, but touched by remorse and regret. Every trip has its end. If only all endings were so sweet.

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  1. the kills blood pressure.

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