JACOMB’s Best of 2011 List

So, now that we’re five days into 2012 and I’m recovered from a long weekend of UFC, NYE, BCS and NFL … it’s time for my Top Albums list for 2011.

Again, this is my list. Any CD released from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 are eligible. To be considered a CD, it must be greater than 30 minutes.

With that being said, here’s my Top 10 for 2011, in order

1. Ollabelle – Neon Blue Bird
2. William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs
3. Amos Lee – Mission Bell
4. Tim Easton & THe Freelan Barons – Beat The Band
5. Bobby Long – A Winter Tale
6. Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine
7. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
8. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
9. Shane Sweeney – The Finding Time
10. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

The Next 10:

11. Over The Rhine – The Long Surrender
12. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
13. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
14. Phantods – Creature
15. Neil Taylor – No Self Control
16. Cowboy Junkies – Sing In My Meadow
17. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
18. Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down
19. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
20. Paul Tabachneck – Here Goes Nothing

For those beneath the 30 minute time limit, i.e. the EP’s just not long enough to include … here are my top five:

1. Mikey Chuck Rivers – Last Night’s Beer
2. Strangers in Daylight – Strangers In Daylight
3. Enemies! – Enemies!
4. Erica Blinn – Eric Blinn EP
5. The 2011 Collected singles of Colin Gawel & Lonely Bones

Just Missed My List For one Reason or Another … they were in the mix all year, but just didn’t cut it when the final list was played.

Wilco – The Whole Love
Adele – 21
Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Lenny Kravitz – Black & White America
Fiest – Metals
Colbie Caillat – All Of You
Neil Taylor – No Self Control
Wild Flag – Wild Flag

After reading other’s blogs and top lists, here are the CDs others are raving about I flat out didn’t like:

The Black Keys – El Camino
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Things that came out too late to give a fair shake to but will probably be in my Best of 2012 list:

Red Wanting Blue – From The Vanishing Point
Micah Schanbel – I’m Dead, Serious

Becasue of work or my not knowing they were released or things I didn’t get to listen to yet for one reason or another …

Glossary – Love Live Us All
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest
Amanda Shires – Carry Lightning
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
Theressa Anderson – Birds Fly Away

Things I don’t consider:

Live albums
Greatest Hits collections
Box Sets
Things that have a majority of previous-released material or re-issues, otherwise Father’s Children would have been on the big list.

That’s my list. Did I miss something? Agree? Disagree? Let me know.


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