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Best of the 2011 Boombox

L. Grossman
 
KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
"Mr. Carll puts forth another great disc mixed with some boot-stompers and more low-key tracks. Try: "Bye Bye Baby""
Middle Brother
Middle Brother
"This is quite the debut from a band featuring members of Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit. The resulting product is a wonderful collaboration that features some great songwriting. Try: "Million Dollar Bill""
Down on the Bikini Line
Down on the Bikini Line
"Lord help us all - Jonny Corndawg is taking over. This is a great album of country tunes that simply must be enjoyed. Try: "Chevy Beretta""
Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
"Their self-titled album was a hard one to follow, but they seem to have successfully done it. This album is certainly distinct, but keeps their sound in the same vein. I hope that they have a long career. Try: "Blue Spotted Tail""
Photographs
Photographs
"Excellent album from this up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Try: "Friends Like Those""
Bad As Me
Bad As Me
"A new Tom Waits album is always cause for celebration. Try: "Chicago""
The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
"A great compilation of never recorded Hank Williams tracks that features artists from Jack White to Norah Jones. Try: "You Know That I Know""
Divine Providence
Divine Providence
"Deer Tick's new album makes a pretty big slant toward the rock-n-roll side - more akin to their live presence. Try: "Main Street""
Gloss Drop
Gloss Drop
"This is Battles first release since the departure of Tyondai Braxton. To my surprise, they have maintained their unique sound and seem to be thriving. No one sounds like this group. Try: "Ice Cream""
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
"I always eagerly look forward to a new Explosions in the Sky album. This album does not represent a radical departure from their sound. With that, if you know how you feel about their music, this album would be unlikely to change that. For me, they don't seem to fail to create some beautiful tunes. Try: "Postcard from 1952""
Smoke Ring for My Halo
Smoke Ring for My Halo
"The latest full length from Kurt Vile seems to go back toward his earlier albums. However, it is certainly different in its firmer commitment to a more folk-driven sound. Try: "Runner Ups""
Nine Types Of Light
Nine Types Of Light
"The latest from TV on the Radio continues in the same stream as the excellent 'Dear Science.' I would say that this album incorporates more of a coherent atmosphere than the aforementioned release. Try: "You""
Stone Rollin'
Stone Rollin'
"A fun soul/roots rock album with some tinges of the blues. Not a lot of music sounds like this. Try: "Day Dreams""
Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto
Mission Bell
Mission Bell
The King Is Dead
The King Is Dead
"For me, this was better than more recent releases and has a bit more of an 'americana' tilt. Try: "January Hymn""
Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Dye It Blonde
Dye It Blonde
"Quite the bouncy and distorted rock/pop romp. Try: "Only One""
Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (Deluxe 2xCD)
Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (Deluxe 2xCD)
"A worthy return from this well-known instrumentally driven gang. Try: "Rano Pano""
Gimme Some
Gimme Some
"Peter, Bjorn & John seem to make albums that are very much different from one another. This one is no exception. This album is much more rock driven than their previous two releases. For me, this was a bit of a drop-off from 'Living Thing.' Try: "May Seem Macabre""
Slave Ambient
Slave Ambient
"A nice listen of jammed and spaced out rock tunes, akin to Kurt Vile, who was a member of this group. Try: "Baby Missiles'"
No Color
No Color
"A catchy indie-rock/pop album that features some driving percussion. Try: "When Will You Go""
Circuital
Circuital
Tell Me
Tell Me
"The sophomore album is a similar direction from her previous effort. This is another disc of some good songwriting at the core. Try: "Our Hearts Are Wrong""
The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
"This is certainly a departure from 'In Rainbows.' Their latest effort is a bit more contextual and could even be described as mood music. Try: "Lotus Flower""
Angles
Angles
"This album produces decidedly different tracks than previous releases. However, I'm just not sure that they can muster the same quality found on their first two albums. That said, it is still an enjoyable listen. Try: "Taken For A Fool"
Celebration Florida
Celebration Florida
"This is a much different album from their prior efforts. They seem to be throwing in more of an indie style and even experimenting with some electronic elements. If you're not familiar with them, I wouldn't recommend starting here. Try: "River Jordan""
Smart Flesh
Smart Flesh
"A nice collection of folk-oriented songs that vary widely from hushed to boot-stomping. Try: "I'll Take Out Your Ashes""
Kiss Each Other Clean
Kiss Each Other Clean
"Mr. Beam's departure from the more bare nature of earlier recordings continues here. Try: "Rabbit Will Run""
Dancer Equired
Dancer Equired
"This album provides more of the solid, compact lo-fi type of songs offered on previous releases. All-in-all, this is a pretty solid listen. "Ever Falling in Love""