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Show 292 Best Albums of 2011 (So Far) & Opinions on Jill Scott

Jim and Greg get a jump on their best-of lists by naming the Top Albums of 2011…So Far.

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Top Albums of 2011…So Far

We're halfway through 2011, which means it's time to get a jump on the Best-Of Lists. Here are Jim and Greg's mid-year best.

reviewThe Light of the Sun (Deluxe Version)The Light of the Sun available on iTunes

Jill Scott The Light of the Sun

Is Jill Scott a contender for the next round of lists? Her new release The Light of the Sun is the number one album in the country, a first for Scott. The R&B singer started as a poet in Philadelphia and has gone on to have a successful career in both music and acting. Since her last release in 2007, Scott has gone through tough breakups of the romantic and professional variety. And that's provided much of the subtext for the songs on The Light of the Sun. Jim doesn‘t think the level of self-pity is warranted though, especially when the music is so upbeat. He’s not used to this tough lady feeling sorry for herself. And more disappointing is her singing. Jim says Trash It. Greg can‘t believe what he’s hearing. This isn't a return to form, in his opinion, but a whole new territory. The record sounds loose and fun, and despite the massive life changes, Scott sounds remarkably resilient. He says Buy It.

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“She's Not There”The Zombies

Jim's Desert Island Jukebox selection is inspired by his television guilty pleasure: True Blood. While he was disappointed by the season premiere, he loved hearing Neko Case and Nick Cave duet on a cover of "She's Not There." But nothing compares to The Zombies‘ 1964 original. It combines beautiful chords and harmony vocals with a dark, sinister undertone. Plus you can’t beat those keys or Colin Blunstone's vocals.

Featured Songs

  1. The Feelies, When You Know, Here Before, Bar/None, 2011
  2. Anna Calvi, Desire, Anna Calvi, Domino Records, 2011
  3. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Two Against One, Rome, Parlophone/EMI Records, 2011
  4. Fucked Up, Ship of Fools, David Comes to Life, Matador, 2011
  5. The Decemberists, Down by the Water, The King is Dead, Capitol, 2011
  6. Smith Westerns, Still New, Dye It Blonde, Fat Possum, 2011
  7. Raphael Saadiq, Go to Hell, Stone Rollin‘’, Columbia, 2011
  8. The Bewitched Hands, So Cool, Birds & Drums, Sony Music Entertainment, 2011
  9. tUnE-yArDs, Bizness, w h o k i l l, 4AD, 2011
  10. Le Butcherettes, New York, Sin Sin Sin, Rodriguez Lopez Productions, 2011
  11. Flying Lotus, Melting/Drips, Cosmogramma Alt. Takes, Warp, 2011
  12. Jill Scott, Womanifesto, The Light of the Sun, Warner Brothers Records, 2011
  13. Jill Scott, All Cried Out Redux, The Light of the Sun, Warner Brothers Records, 2011
  14. Neko Case & Nick Cave, She's Not There, She's Not There Single, WaterTower Music, 2011
  15. The Zombies, She's Not There, The Zombies, Parrott, 1965
  16. Washed Out, Eyes Be Closed, Within and Without, Sub Pop, 2011
  17. The Mothers of Invention, You Didn't Try to Call Me, Freak Out!, Verve, 1966
  18. Battles, Ice Cream, Gloss Drop, Warp Records, 2011
  19. The Ronettes, Walking in the Rain, Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, Philles Records, 1964

Footnotes

youtube.com tUnE-yArDs on Sound Opinions soundopinions.org The Feelies on Sound Opinions soundopinions.org The Decemberists on Sound Opinions soundopinions.org Broken Bells & Danger Mouse on Sound Opinions missjillscott.com Jill Scott