Harry Wareing                         Lauren Stone                             Anthony     
                         Drew Martin                         Gabrielle Vaughn  
                                              Scott Wilson  


Harry Wareing's Top Albums of 2011
 

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1 The Decemberists The King Is Dead Pearl Jam - Backspacer
2 Blind Pilot We Are The Tide Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
3 Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
4 Wilco The Whole Love One eskimO - One eskimO
5 Adele 21 K'naan - Troubadour
6 Bobby Long A Winter Tale Rosanne Cash - The List
7 Givers In Light Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
8 Portugal The Man In The Mountain, In The Cloud Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (Deluxe Version)
9 Death Cab For Cutie Codes And Keys Sea Wolf - White Water, White Bloom
10 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds P.T. Walkley - Mr. Macy Wakes Alone


Lauren Stone's Top Albums of 2011
 

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  artist album buy it!
* The Black Keys El Camino P.T. Walkley - Mr. Macy Wakes Alone
* Diego Garcia Laura Bell X1 - Blue Lights On the Runway
* Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
* Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes Pete Yorn - Back & Fourth
* Blind Pilot We Are The Tide Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
* Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi Rome Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
* Metronomy English Riviera Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
* Cults Cults Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
* Portugal The Man In The Mountain In The Cloud Diane Birch - Bible Belt
* Wilco The Whole Love Norah Jones - The Fall
* Dawes Nothing Is Wrong The Low Anthem - Oh My God Charlie Darwin
* Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up (Bonus Track Version)
* Telekinesis 12 Desperate Straight Lines Fanfarlo - Reservoir (Deluxe Version) - The Walls Are Coming Down
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. It's A Corporate World Fun. - Aim and Ignite (Bonus Track Version)
* Bobby Long A Winter's Tale Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
  "Albums That Didn't Make My Top 15 -- But I Loved These Songs In 2011"
* Adele Rumor Has It The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Lana Del Rey Video Games The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Teddy Thompson Delilah The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Drive By Truckers Everybody Needs Love The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Rachael Yamagata Dealbreaker The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Mayer Hawthorne The Walk The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Foster The People Pumped Up Kicks The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* The Belle Brigade Losers The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Peter Bjorn & John Second Chance The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
* Givers Up, Up, Up The Wallflowers - The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005

 

Anthony's Top Albums of 2011
 

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10 Tyler The Creator Goblin Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
This guy is just as scary as he is talented. As long as he doesn't do the things he raps about the world will be a safer place. That being said, he's exactly the kind of talent that hip hop needs to return it from what it has become today. Keep your kids away from this stuff until their old enough to handle it... which is probably around age 45.
9 Adele 21 The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event (Bonus Track Version) - Sometime Around Midnight
The only reason why this won't make some music critics Top 10 List is because it will be on most people Top 3 lists. You can't deny that Adele has crossed over to the Pop world this year but that doesn't take away from the fact that she made a great sophomore release. A must have for any mom struggling to connect with her growing daughter.
8 Scars On 45 Give Me Something EP Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11
Had this been a full length it probably would have been in the top 5. Scars exploded on to the scene and they haven't slowed down. Too early in their career to predict where they're headed but everyone keeps comparing them to Fleetwood Mac and I'm not going to argue with that!
7 The Black Keys El Camino Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi
Late on the scene this year but still a strong record from this duo. 2011 is definetely their break out year and its just in time too... as we lost another great duo in the White Stripes
6 R.E.M Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom (Live) [Bonus Track Version]
Speaking of Losses, the biggest one of the year was R.E.M. But they didn't go with out leaving us a career retrospective that any musician would be proud of. And they even threw in some new tracks as a fantastic final bow!
5 Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures Susan Boyle - I Dreamed a Dream
Would this release have made the list if she didn't pass away? I'm just not sure, but the fact of the matter is we lost a real talent and it shines through on this record. Alternate takes, unfinished songs and some new classics all blend together for a great listen...
4 Brett Dennen Loverboy Duffy - Rockferry
When you hear singer song writer its typical followed by the words acoustic guitar and deep meaning-feelings filled lyrics. This is not the case with Loverboy as Brett achieves a fun filled album. There's some slow tracks on the record, but you can easily throw this disc in and clean the house... plus have some left over to clean the neibors place!
3 Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Soul is redefined in this album which Derek told me was just an experiment. But when you put the 16th Greatest guitarist of all time(as voted by fellow musicians in Rolling Stone Magazine) with one of the best Soul Singers magic happens. Come See About Me is the best track on the record and the first, but the rest of the albums doesn't let down.
2 Trombone Shorty For True Duffy - Rockferry
For the second year in a row Trombone Shorty lands in the 2nd spot on my list. And again his album falls second to his live show, but owning the album is essential homework before seeing one of his shows. However one thing the record has that his shows don't is a laundry list of incredibly guests. Any album that has Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Warren Haynes, the Nevilles, Lenny Kravitz and the Rebirth Brass Band can't be bad!
1 Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Honestly... If you asked me in July if this record would have made my list I would have told you no... and now its number 1. The record has that kind of staying power. About 45 years since Sounds of Silence and Paul is still making relevent amazing music. Melody, lyrics, his soothing voice, I can't pinpoint what it is exactly but this album gets a lot of spins on my ipod. We always praise our great musicians after they go... so its nice to still have Paul around kicking ass and getting the recognition for it! We all have a friend that listens to nothing but classic rock radio or their old albums and thinks there's no such thing as good new music... do them a favor and give them this record.
  "Best  New Comers"
* Givers In Light Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
There's more to this pop/folk band then I originally thought. I can't wait to see what they come up with next
  "Best Album To Utilize As A Coaster"
* Metallica & Lou Reed Lulu The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event (Bonus Track Version) - Sometime Around Midnight
I'm not sure if Lou ruined Metallica's career or vice versa. Either way this record stinks. Even as a no intention on having any radio singles passion project this record still fails, but... makes a great coaster. Just make sure the album is face down cause the cover stinks to look at
Top 5 Songs
5 Amos Lee Windows Are Rolled Down Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11
4 The Strokes Under Cover Of Darkness Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi
3 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom (Live) [Bonus Track Version]
2 Bob Schneider Let The Light In Susan Boyle - I Dreamed a Dream
1 Gomez Whatever's On Your Mind Duffy - Rockferry
  "Best Live Record"
* Various Artists Warren Haynes Presents The Benefit Concert Vol. 4  
* Allman Brothers S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook (9/19/71)  
  "Best Covers Record"
* Gregg Allman Low Country Blues Duffy - Rockferry
* Various Artists Rave On Buddy Holly Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11
* Chris Isaak Beyond The Sun Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11
"Best Local Record"
* Miles To Dayton Pass It On Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi
I've been a fan for years... M2D has always had the ability to play a great live show or write a great song, but this time with great production behind the album they've made their songs feel like they're being played live... If you have the chance to see them live, don't pass it up... and while you're their request “Play the Fool,” Its the best!
"Best Raphael Saadiq Album Of 2011"
* Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin' Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom (Live) [Bonus Track Version]
This guy can't continue to fly under the radar... not when he's making albums as great as this. The retro sound that Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have been bringing back continues with Raphael.


Drew Martin's Top Albums of 2011
 

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* Gomez Whatever's On Your Mind P.T. Walkley - Mr. Macy Wakes Alone
* Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Bell X1 - Blue Lights On the Runway
* Wilco The Whole Love Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
* Death Cab For Cutie Codes And Keys Pete Yorn - Back & Fourth
* The Jayhawks Mockingbird Time Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
* The Givers In Light Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
* The Decemberists The King Is Dead Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
* Adele 21 Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
* Portugal The Man In The Mountain In The Cloud Diane Birch - Bible Belt
* Ryan Adams Ashes And Fire Norah Jones - The Fall

Gabrielle Vaughn's Top Albums of 2011
 

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  artist album buy it!
1 Dawes Nothing Is Wrong P.T. Walkley - Mr. Macy Wakes Alone
2 Ryan Adams Ashes & Fire Bell X1 - Blue Lights On the Runway
3 Brett Dennen Loverboy Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4 Mike Doughty Yes & Also Yes Pete Yorn - Back & Fourth
5 Mayer Hawthorne How Do You Do Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
6 Adele 21 Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
7 Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
8 Teddy Thompson Bella Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
9 The Jayhawks Mockingbird Time Diane Birch - Bible Belt
10 The Kooks Junk Of The Heart Norah Jones - The Fall


Scott Wilson's Top Albums of 2011
 

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  artist album buy it!
1 Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasure Pearl Jam - Backspacer
2 The Black Keys El Camino Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
3 Chris Isaak Beyond The Sun Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
4 Lucinda Williams Blessed One eskimO - One eskimO
5 My Morning Jacket Circuital K'naan - Troubadour
6 Gomez Whatever's On Your Mind Rosanne Cash - The List
7 Mayer Hawthorne How Do You Do Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
8 Adele 21 Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (Deluxe Version)
9 Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator Sea Wolf - White Water, White Bloom
10 Givers In Light P.T. Walkley - Mr. Macy Wakes Alone
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