Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2011 Review: 25 Great "Rock" Releases (The Honorable Mention)

This year had so many great albums that a singular top 10 was just not quite enough; too many other albums deserved at least a mention. There was the Top 10 hiphop/R&B list posted earlier this week and this here is essentially an extended honorable mention for the other rock albums this year. An overall top 10 is coming later this month with proper write ups and in an effort to preserve the suspense, none of those albums will be included. In the meantime, enjoy this list and give a listen to some of these excellent albums if you haven't already.

A.A. Bondy - Believers

The Antlers - Burst Apart

Atlas Sound - Parallax

Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder

Beirut - The Rip Tide

Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Cults - Cults

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Mysterious Power

Fruit Bats - Tripper

Givers - In Light

Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

Okkervil River - I Am Very Far

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong

Seryn - This is Where We Are

The Shivers - More

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics [EP]

tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

Wilco - The Whole Love

Yuck - Yuck


  1. If these are your honorable mentions, what albums do you have in your top 10??? The suspense is killing me...

  2. @JoeyD, stuff so indie that even Pitchfork doesn't have it on their radar