Pop & Rock 2011: 30 Best Albums

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6. Braids Native Speaker (Flemish Eye)
This art-driven foursome of Calgary to Montreal transplants made major waves with the release of their stunning debut this year. Braids create a sort of dream-like haze that refracts tribal sensibilities through contemporary musical means; meditative repetition based around vocal melodies with tom-heavy syncopated drumming, awash in gently whirring echoes, bouncing loops, soft fuzzy synth pads, twinkling keys and deliberate crystalline guitar picking. It's a fascinating and viscerally gripping sound as aptly described by the hypnagogic pop tag as obvious influences Animal Collective. As comfortable sculpting sound as they are arranging instrumentation ― the warped, ethereal harmonies and rhythmic delay loop tweaking of the title track is an excellent example ― the young Taylor Smith, Katie Lee, Austin Tufts and Raphaelle Standell-Preston come from a generation surrounded by such a rich history of diverse sounds that there are no limits to what can be put into the service of the ever-evolving notion of what pop music can be. Powerful vocal melodies are always in the driver's seat, even when songs like "Lammicken" rely on few other traditional dressings, or "Lemonade" takes extensive instrumental detours. Like all great and vital pop music, Braids perform musical alchemy with Native Speaker, combining influences from a history of sonic amalgamation to create new traditions in popular sound.
Scott A. Gray

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I love that Dog Day made this list, Deformer is one awesome album!
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Good to see Destroyer's masterpiece Kaputt so high on the list!
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But where are Other Lives???????????

http://youtu.be/ngNpXyaZD...
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Too soon this year for year end lists! BLACK KEYS new one is gonna rate right up there.
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Where is Katy Perry? She4's cool isnt she?
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Good list, I'd argue with many, but I think that's part of the fun. And, I agree, Black Keys will likely be close to the top. I just finished my first listen, it's sick. I'd also add Ottawa's The Golden Seals on there. And Gillian Welch, her new one is fantastic.
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No Bjork = bullshit.
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The Bjork was boring and way too safe. Good to leave that one off.
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Dudes, Kurt Vile shoulda been at the top of this shit! And no love for Josh T Pearson and David Lynch? Jeeeeeez
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Gillian Welch is here, on the Folk and Country list:
http://exclaim.ca/Feature...
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no fleet foxes ... what a joke !
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Um, Bon Iver but no Fleet Foxes? You've lost all cred. Ridiculous.
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That Fleet Foxes record SUCKED
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i love jimmy so very much. good one
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WTF is this dog shit? where are the ROCK bands on this list? no doubt this was put together by some asshole with a beard, for assholes with beards. i thought rock albums were supposed to you know, ROCK. this is all stuff i'd want to put on at night to help me fall asleep.
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Wow, I'm actually extremely surprised Chad Vangaalen didn't make the cut...
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Yuck? Yes.
Austra? Terrible choice... for anything... to do with listening to things.
Toronto's scene needs to let go of their ego on that one.
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I agree with the dude above me; Austra sucks. And where's Tomboy?
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1 Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
2 Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
3 GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
4 James BlakeJames Blake
5 M83Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
6 Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
7 Fucked UpDavid Comes To Life
8 The FieldLooping State Of Mind
9 Tune-YardsW H O K I L L
10 PJ HarveyLet England Shake
11 Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver
12 Panda BearTomboy
13 DestroyerKaputt
14 St. VincentStrange Mercy
15 RadioheadThe King Of Limbs
16 Cass McCombsWIT'S END
17 Atlas SoundParallax
18 Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
19 Sandro PerriImpossible Spaces
20 BraidsNative Speaker
21 Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
22 The CaretakerAn Empty Bliss Beyond This World
23 EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
24 Peaking Lights936
25 Bill CallahanApocalypse
26 Ford & LopatinChannel Pressure
27 Mikal CroninMikal Cronin
28 Dirty BeachesBadlands
29 Real EstateDays
30 Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
31 The WeekndHouse of Balloons
32 WU LYFGo Tell Fire To The Mountain
33 Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
34 GrouperA I A
35 The Pains Of Being Pure...Belong
36 PonytailDo Whatever You Want All The Time
37 Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
38 Cass McCombsHumor Risk
39 John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
40 ThundercatThe Golden Age of Apocalypse
41 The Rural Alberta AdvantageDeparting
42 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XXWe're New Here
43 BattlesGloss Drop
44 ByetoneSymeta
45 J├╝rgen M├╝llerScience Of The Sea
46 FeistMetals
47 Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
48 DrakeTake Care
49 Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
50 Nicolas JaarSpace Is Only Noise
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Now THAT'S a list worth sharing.
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Where the f$%k are Demons Claws & Tandoori Knights?
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bon iver is boring
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I like reading through peoples comments with this guide. http://www.npr.org/blogs/...-20-unhappiest-people-you-meet-in-the-comments-sections-of-year-end-lists?sc=tw&cc=share
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Bon Iver is over rated garbage
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See NPR link two posts back. A must read after reading this list (or any list) comment thread
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No way the Golden Seals record was going to make that list. Exclaim didn't even bother to review it.
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My (humble) best of 2011:
ludditestereo.net
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It's blasphemy that Young Galaxy's Shapeshifting is not on this list.
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Here is a top 10 albums of 2011 list for the classic rock type of music crowd. Thoughts? www.tmakworld.com
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Most of that list represents everything that is WRONG with music lately. SAFE + PREDICTABLE = BOREING.
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too much of this list is populated by that ethereal indie pop crap that sounds like it's a 3 minute intro with 30 seconds of an actual song. The bands that got that sound and do it right are few and far in between. I've heard the majority of these bands and I couldn't sit through more than 3 or 4 of their songs before my mind drifts off and I totally disregard the music. Not that the music is in the background and my mind drifts, just that my ears stop paying attention because it's so minimalistic and just plain boring.
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Its TRUE - popular indie rock is mind numbingly mellow. The only people kicking up the rock on this list are the gals like Wild Flag and PJ Harvey. Lets pray that women save us from boredom in 2012
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lets hope 2012 is gonna be a much better year in music
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How is Cold War Kids, Mine is Yours not on this list!? ...such a great album
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Strike Hard, Young Diamond by WILDLIFE should be here!!! Amazing record, I can't believe it's not on every list everywhere. Better than most of the stuff here really...
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