To be honest, none of the new music I listened to in 2011 has much staying power, I might not be listening to any of these albums in 2 or 3 years.
5. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
The voice may end up grating on me in time, but for now The Rural Alberta Advantage is my perfect mix of The Avett Brothers and The Shins (or some other more accurately twangy, foot-tapping-causing band comparison).
4. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
In a lot of ways this album was not was I was expecting at all, but when put against the image Justice gives themselves the arena rock sound that this album has makes sense.
3. Kakkmaddafakka - Hest
Poppy indie rock from Norway. I love too many tracks on this album.
2. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Stereotypically M83 by now and so easy to make fun of, but it’s just so wonderful to listen to!
1. Bomb the Music Industry - Vacation
In some ways I can’t really tell you why this is my favorite album of the year, but there are a couple of tracks on here that are perfect. I also just realized that BTMI is the only proper punk band I still follow/find interesting.