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The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

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The usual disclaimers about my year-end music lists still apply. I'm only one man and only have so much time to listen to new albums. So even if I hear an album and it's really good, if nothing about it grabs me right away I may end up forgetting it. Also, naturally I'm going to gravitate toward music either from acts I already know and like or that's recommended by friends and writers/critics I respect. These, then, are the ten albums that I have returned to more than any other in 2011 and probably will in 2012. Because at the end of the day, isn't that the only mark of a good record? #1. Mastodon, The Hunter As much as I was disappointed with Crack the Skye, I absolutely love The Hunter. I've read a lot of comparisons between it and Metallica's "Black Album," and I can see why. It's...
Album cover of the week: Hotel Shampoo

Album cover of the week: Hotel Shampoo

Album Cover of the Week, Music
The internet is the greatest thing for discovering new music since... well I'm not sure. But thanks to Turntable.fm I found out about a neat album by Gruff Rhys, front man for Super Furry Animals. It's called Hotel Shampoo and it's got one heck of a neat album cover. Not much I can add here. The concept is simple -- the song's titles are presented as items for sale and their lengths shown as prices -- but it's very well executed. Graphic design credit goes to Pete Fowler, who has worked with Rhys and Super Furry Animals before. As an extra treat, the vinyl edition has a message for us. Stamped on the Side A center ring is "YOU CANNOT DO MUCH ABOUT THE LENGTH OF YOUR LIFE" and on Side B is "BUT YOU CAN DO A LOT ABOUT THE DEPTH AND WIDTH". Indeed. Related articles Gruff Rhys -...