adele - 21
i have played this album a lot! adele topped her success from her last album, 19, with a diverse mix of musical influences from american country and folk and alternative. it's very cohesive and i consider it to be another breakthrough in the british invasion. i will be very mad if this album does not win album of the year at the grammys. it is the most deserving because it has had a huge impact critically and commerically. if you follow me on facebook and twitter, you notice that i root for this woman and her music a lot! i want her to stop smoking so that her voice can have longevity!
the others that made my list are:
bjork - biophilia
a wonderful experimental and avant-garde trek!
coldplay - mylo xyloto
one of my favorite alternative rock bands hit the nail again.
femi kuti - africa for africa
this afro-beat legend had me jammin'!
fitz and the tantrums - pickin' up the pieces
unique modern soul music!
jay-z & kanye west - watch the throne
this was a great collaboration of two hip-hop greats.
jill scott - the light of the sun
jilly from philly came back hard!
justice - audio, video, disco
mostly instrumental, but i love it!
lady gaga - born this way
this was monumental for gaga, a very socially conscious and musically diverse set.
lenny kravitz - black and white america
lenny had one of the best rock albums of the year and it's a very happy themed disc! i <3 him! hey baby daddy!
liza minnelli - confessions
y'all don't know a damn thing about this woman! pop standards, baby!
marsha ambrosius - late nights & early mornings
raw r&b. she's riding a new wave of fresh creativity since she was a part of floetry.
mary j. blige - my life ii: the journey continues (act i)
besides an iffy duet with beyonce and appearances by drake and rick ross, the album still makes a mark.
meshell ndegeocello - weather
another heap of gumbo from this chameleon. why hasn't she won a grammy??
miguel - all i want is you
miguel is the musical godson of prince. and he's beautiful. he debuted strongly and i would have many quickies with him!
rupaul - glamazon
rupaul always does it with the heavy dance music. my gay genes were happy!
saul williams - volcanic sunlight
one of my favorite spoken word artists released something new in music and it's very indie! :)
seal - soul 2
seal is amazing at covers. good thing i have this album and it's prequel side by side in my ipod!
ziggy marley - wild and free
another great addition to my hippie travels. he is a beam of light of his father's memory.
some of my favorite songs of the year:
maroon 5 - moves like jagger
lmfao - party rock anthem
jennifer lopez - on the floor
rihanna - s&m & we found love
britney spears - till the world ends
beyonce - end of time
now... these are the albums that i want to acknowledge that did not sit well with me this year, and out of all the crappy mainstream music that is being played on the radio, i think these two albums are not of good quality (and these are the two that i kept skipping songs with)
beyonce and rihanna are two of the headlining artists of today's music industry and i was not fond of their releases. both actually had only one song that i liked from each. i'm probably going to get heat from both beyonce and rihanna stans, but i really don't care because i know what my ear hears and if i don't like it, i don't like it. simple as that. both of them work too hard and i hear so much catchiness in these works, and they sound like they were rushed. both beyonce and rihanna need to take a break, a real break. beyonce is overrated and overexposed and this is rihanna's 6th album in 6 years. i have a pint of respect for both of them, but i do admire that beyonce defended her work and didn't want to change anything about it when it leaked. i would never tell another artist that they need to change something on their album when it has already been put out in the public, since i am another artist. i admire that rihanna knows how to reinvent herself. not too many current artists do that. however, these works are art and art is up to interpretation. i spent so much energy on this part of the blog because i have an intelligent argument when it comes to music.
this is MY 2011 in music.