Hey guys! & The Best Music of 2011 – Top Albums, part 1 of 2

I’m still here! Just not here, on this blog. I’ve pretty much always got music on my mind, evidenced by the playcount on my last.fm and the notes about tunes I’m listening to scattered throughout my class notebooks (I’m still pluggin’ away at UMD, slowly but surely!). I have all my playlists for the Best Music of 2011 on my iPod (and still have the rest of my 2010 lists too). Tons of great ideas – just don’t seem to be able to get disciplined enough to put my thoughts down eloquently (or as close as I can get to it!). Between work this past summer, my usual schedule as a sort of perpetual undergrad (all down to health stuff, blah), and some nasty 2011 developments (more health blah!), I’ve just not given this blog the attention I’d love to give it.

But! By the end of this year, I’m hoping to finish the Best Music of 2011. Then, I’ll get to work on posting the 3rd part of the Best Music of 2009 and the Top Singles and 3rd part of the Best of 2010. Better late than never, right? :)

Let’s get started with 2011. What a year for tunes! For me, so much of the music I loved this year can fit into the “mood music” category. Not romantic, necessarily; just, like, moody. Down in the dumps or high on life – this year’s best music found inspiration in both. The first few entries on my Albums list definitely have bits that qualify for “down in the dumps” status, but I’m glad to see, as I look over what I’ve loved this year, that there are also really bright, shiny spots too.

So – here we go!

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