The Republic of Wolves, who was voted as “Best Unsigned Band,” in this year’s MEBbies Awards, was kind enough to share with us its Best of 2011 list. Check it out now and buy the band’s two-disk CD and DVD release, In The House Of Dust!
Best Albums of 2011:
10. Lydia – Paint It Golden
9. I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business – Gold Rush
8. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
7. David Bazan – Strange Negotiations
6. The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum
5. The Honey Caverns Trio – Three Blind Berries
These guys are really unknown, unfortunately. Their debut album is an impressive mix of African-style folk and ambient rock, and it’s really brilliant. The song “Saffron” blew us away the first time we heard it, and we suggest everyone go check it out.
4. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
We all really loved “Viva La Vida” back when it came out, and Coldplay did a surprisingly good job of following it up with “Mylo Xyloto.” They expanded on a lot of the pop elements and created ambient soundscapes which made for a really enjoyable album. “Hurts Like Heaven” is one of the catchiest songs ever.
3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
This is also a really diverse record that has a great fusion of pop and folk elements. Some tracks are really haunting and others are really catchy, but they’re all brilliant.
2. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
This album has a lot of diversity, and Andy Hull showcases a lot of really emotional and personal lyrics. The string arrangements throughout the album are beautiful.
1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
We had all picked this album for a spot on our top 10 lists. It’s very beautiful and there’s not a bad song on the album. The lyrics are very original in a bizarre and abstract kind of way and it works well with the ambient tone of the album.
Biggest Surprise of the Year:
The biggest surprise this year would have to be that Taking Back Sunday released a new album with the original line-up. It had some great tracks but one of the worst music videos we’ve ever seen.
Biggest Disappointment of the Year:
The biggest disappointment of the year would probably be Blink-182‘s new album Neighborhoods. It had some songs that retained the essence of their older albums but, really, with all the time they spent working on it, it should have been a lot better than it was.
Best Live Show:
We saw Paul Simon at the Beacon Theatre and it was fantastic. His new material is amazing and he still performs great.
Most Anticipated for 2012:
Our most anticipated release for 2012 would most likely be fun.‘s new album Some Nights. We all loved their debut Aim and Ignite and we’re hoping they can match the pop beauty of that album while still expanding and maturing their sound.