DJ Wolff's Best of 2011 | Top Albums
The Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
The Foo Fighters is one of my favorite bands ever, and I have followed Mr. Dave Grohl since his iconic Nirvana days until now. In 2011, the Fighters give us one of their most acclaimed efforts in their career. “Wasting Light” is definitely a reminder that they still got it as a band, and a significant and evolving force in the rock world.
Key Tracks: “Walk”, “Rope”, “Arlandria”, “Dear Rosemary”
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The Foo Fighters - "Rope"
I like it when The Foo Fighters try to be funny in their videos (e.g. “Walk”, “Learn To Fly”), but I enjoy them much more when they display raw passion for rock, and “Rope” shows us exactly that, which reminds me of that epic 90s grunge era.
Just to tell you that I cried when I held it my hands speaks volumes on how I feel about this album. I have been a huge Gaga fan since she debuted and her music has always been there for me to make me happy and cheerful again when I need it the most. This is definitely her most ambitious work to date and you can tell she was testing her true fans with this release. Some of her best work are in the tracks she didn’t release (e.g. “Scheiße”, “Hair, “Heavy Metal Lover” and arena-ready “Highway Unicorn”).
Why didn’t she make it higher? “Americano”. Oops. I didn’t want to bring negativity, but I just don’t like that song at all. She could’ve easily been numero uno not just on this list, but on many other publications. Oh well. Key Tracks: everything, except “Americano”.
Robyn | "Body Talk"
This was one of my true rediscoveries in music and I could even say, in life. I first heard of her with “Do You Really Want Me?” just as anyone else, but I didn’t really care for her, nor checked her material out. Years passed and I even avoided her material. And then, “Dancing On My Own” happened. Only in 2011 did I start to deepen into “Body Talk” and it is, in my opinion, simply one of the most defining records by a female star since “Ray Of Light”. I love every single track on “Body Talk” and they still have the same effect every time I play them.
Why didn’t I put it higher? It was a very tough decision. I just based my decision on a technical aspect, and it is that “Body Talk” was not really a 2011 release; however it is just as worthy as my #1 album.
Bon Iver | "Bon Iver"
“Bon Iver” is just perfection. Justin Vernon’s voice just soars like an eagle in every single track and nothing seems to stop it. “Bon Iver” is much more than the lead singer’s voice, though. Every nonsensical lyric, every chord, every detail on this album has been carefully executed. It goes without saying that I recommend every single track, even the divisive “Beth/Rest.”