Well, 2011 has come and gone leaving behind a great amount of music. I have complied my favorite albums of 2011.
1) Andy Mineo – Formerly Known
With probably the most well rounded albums of the year Andy Mineo’s Formerly Known takes home the prize. Here we have a free album beating out albums with huge budgets for design, production, and other expenses. Andy showed that he is not only a singer but and above average rapper. He bares his heart on the album and points to the heart of God revealed in his Word. By the way, my wife can rap the entire album acapella. (Andy is one of my best friends and I tried to be as unbias as possible lol)
Mat Kearney’s amazing writing skill is highlighted over heavy drum programming and beautiful melodies. This is an album that I constantly go back to when I just want to chill out and take a drive.
Yes! It’s so depressing (as my wife believes) but I love the writing on this album. Mumford & Son have a knack for writing transparent and real lyrics concerning life and the brokenness of man.
As a huge fan of his previous release, Identity Crisis, I was really looking forward to his next release and he did not disappoint. Although, Identity Crisis had a more cohesive message throughout, Blacklight had plenty of hits (Riot, Can’t Get With You, Dum Dum, He Lives, & Reverse) and stood on its own as a new sound for the flowin’ Samoan.
Who is Nero? I was asking the same question until I ran into their collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic. Their album did not disappoint, with its heavy dubstep influence, it constantly finds itself playing in the background as I work.
1)Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch the Throne (The production value on this album was unbelievable. It expanded the sound of Hip-Hop. While most of their content was outrageous it does not take away from the incredible artistry.)
2) Da Truth – The Whole Truth (No other artist has shaped my worldview greater than Da Truth. After the release of The Big Picture, Da Truth returned with an honest, redemptive, and grace laden album.)