My top 5 albums of 2011

MusicWhen it comes to music I tend to get hooked on one artist/group for a while and find it hard to break away from those albums. Here is my list of my top 5 most played albums for 2011:

5. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers After the success of his last album The Cool I couldn’t wait for Lupe to put out his next. It was a long wait but Lasers did not disappoint.

There are so many great tracks on this album, but if I had to pick three favourites I’d have to go with: Words I Never Said feat. Skylar Grey, I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now feat. MDMA, and All Black Everything.

Here’s the video for Words I Never Said feat. Skylar Grey:

4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The ThroneOf all the concerts that I’ve missed, this is the one I wish I had gone to most. When the album first came out I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but it grew on me over time.

For a while it was on constant repeat on my phone and out of the great selection of tracks my top three would have to be: No Church in the Wild, N—-s in Paris, and Gotta Have It.

Here’s the video for the first single from the album, Otis:

3. The Black Keys – El Camino

The Black Keys - El CaminoEl Camino came out later in the year, and by that time I was still overplaying their last album Brothers, so I was fairly certain they’d make into my top 5 list.

Within a couple hours of listening, I was hooked. Some of my favourites are: Lonely Boy, Dead and Gone, and though the chorus sounds a lot like a track from Metric, Nova Baby.

Here’s the video for Lonely Boy:

2. Kanye West РMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye always seems to put out a good album so I had no doubt this one would be any different, and of course I wasn’t wrong.

The best three tracks off the album in my humble opinion are: Monster (thanks to Nikki Minaj), Runaway feat. Pusha T, and Gorgeous feat. Kid Cudi & Raekwon.

Here’s the video for Runaway:

1. The Strokes – Angles

The Strokes - Angles I was never really a big enough fan of The Strokes to listen to their albums, but I really liked the first single from this one so I decided to give them a listen. After it was released in March, I kept it on replay for quite a while and ended coming back to it when not listening to the albums above.

Here’s the video for Under the Cover of Darkness:

My musical addiction: B.O.B

Artist: Bobby Simmons

Album: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Up until about two weeks ago I had no clue who this guy was, until after I saw he sampled a Vampire Weekend song. I decided to check out the track and liked it.

The album has a few great tracks on it and features the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore), Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Eminem, etc. So for an artist I’d never heard of he had some good backing and production on this album. It likely won’t be an album I’ll want to listen to a year or two down the road, but for now it’s catchy and has quite a few single-worthy tracks on it. One of them is Airplanes, part II featuring Hayley Williams & Eminem. The Eminem part really made the song for me, which was and still is a bit of a shock, since I’d grown quite sick of him over the years.

This is a fun summer album that if you’re into the top 40 kind of music, you’ll probably enjoy. If you’re more “indy” then this isn’t one for you. Here’s the first single off of the album called Nothin’ on you. It’s a great, catchy track as well. Enjoy!

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