XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 201110.) The King Is Dead The DecemberistsThe Decemberists: Front man Colin Meloy noted that many of the tracks on this record were directly influenced by the music of R.E. M. This is the last album the band has released prior to their current hiatus.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20119.) Fleet Foxes Helplessness BluesThe follow up album to the group’s critically acclaimed debut was initially scheduled for a 2009 release. After a series of setbacks, the group released the album in 2011 and was received with positive reviews from critics and fans alike.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20118.) Foster The People TorchesThe album was conceived after seeing the popularity of Mark Foster’s song “Pumped Up Kicks” and the band was then signed to a record deal with Startime International. Both Elton John and The Edge have cited the record as among their favorites.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20117.) My Morning Jacket CircuitalThe band recorded the album in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky inside of a Church gymnasium. The cover of the album represents a magic eye tube; a device fitted onto vintage radio receivers from the 1930’s to help find the strongest signal of a station.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20116.) Coldplay Mylo XylotoThe album debuted at number one in thirty four countries upon its release. According to Chris Martin, Mylo Xyloto is intended to be a concept album based on a love story.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20115.) Foo Fighters Wasting LightThe final album the group put out before its current hiatus was recorded in Dave Grohl’s basement using analog equipment. Due to the difficulties in analog editing, the group spent three weeks tirelessly rehearsing the tracks appearing on the album.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20114.) The Black Keys El CaminoThe album that led to the first ever arena tour for the Akron duo was co-produced by Danger Mouse. Ironically, the vehicle on the album cover is not an El Camino. Instead it is a Plymouth Grand Voyager, which was the same car the group used to travel in.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20113.) Florence and the Machine CeremonialsFollow up album to the group’s breakthrough debut Lungs did not disappoint. The album debuted at number one in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20112.) wilco the whole loveThe eighth album from the Chicago outfit came in as the fifteenth best album of 2011 by Rolling Stone and number two on the 2011 XRT listener poll. The deluxe edition of the album features a collaboration with Nick Lowe.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums of 20111.) Adele-21The mega album from the British songwriter has currently sold over 25 million copies. The album was initially titled Rolling In The Deep, however she believed it to be too confusing and changed it to 21 to reflect the age in which she composed the album.