2011 is going dark. Will it be remembered as the year that the masses bopped along to a dark song about a cowboy killer chasing down some kicks? Was the kid after revenge or simply some Reebok Pumps? Did he recall Dee Brown dunking in those freshly pumped kicks? Or was he really after Jordans? Or Cons? Or Keds?
As I ponder that into the new year, here’s twenty of 2011’s truly best tracks, in alpha order*:
(Update 12/21: A Slacker Radio station featuring the artists in this best of list can be found here.)
Like many, I enjoy the end of year ritual of reading “best of” lists. It’s a nice way to expand your musical horizon, catch something you might have missed, or reconsider an opinion on an album you may have misjudged.
My list of 11 is unranked and unreasoned (see considering the best of). It is simply my favorites of the year, in alpha order, along with some that fell just below that first cusp.
If pressed, I’d probably point to Atlas Sound’s Parallax as my favorite of the year. It was a late year release and is in the rotation a lot at the moment. What sticks out about the album is that the songs sound familiar,even nostalgic, but are complex, in both layer and lyric. By adding up the sum of his last four efforts, two Deerhunter contributions and two stellar Atlas Sound solo efforts, it is easy to see that Bradford Cox is one of the best songwriters of our generation.