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The Completely Unneccesary, Totally Irreverent Top 70 Albums of 2011 List

By Gary Wien


By Gary Wien

* NOTE: This list is based upon albums received at The Penguin's online radio station during 2011. Some of these titles were originally released in 2010. Since they were not considered for previous lists, they are considered for this one.

1) Jenny & Tyler - "Faint Not"
2) Ryan Adams - "Ashes & Fire"
3) The Waterboys - "Appointment With Mr. Yeats"
4) The Monacchio's - "Wedding Album"
5) Jon Caspi & The First Gun - "The Little Ones"
6) Sheli Aarden - "Kansas"
7) Vic Della Pello - "Broken Heart Tattoo"
8) Michael Brett - "Some Kind Of Solitude"
9) Emily Grove - "Way Across The Sea"
10) Jo Wymer - "Living With Scars"
11) Nicole Atkins - "Mondo Amore"
12) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
13) Israel Nash Gripka - "Barn Doors & Concrete Floors"
14) My Chemical Romance - "Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys"
15) SPiN - "BELiEVE"
16) The Airbourne Toxic Event - "All At Once"
17) Army Navy - "The Last Place"
18) Fountains Of Wayne - "Sky Full Of Holes"
19) Beannacht - "Gra Na Firinne"
20) Michael Patrick - "Another Song You Never Heard"
21) Singing Bear - "Gold"
22) The Smithereens - "2011"
23) U.S. Rails - "Southern Canon"
24) Scott Bricklin - "Scott Bricklin"
25) The Amboys - "Led Into The Woods"
26) Linda Chorney - "Emotional Jukebox"
27) Tyrone Wells - "Metal & Wood"
28) Brian Molnar & The Naked Hearts - "Of The Fall"
29) The Head & The Heart - "The Head and the Heart"
30) The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - "Belong"
31) Val Emmich - "Aide Memoire"
32) Williamsboy - "Analog"
33) South Cry - "Blue Moon"
34) R.E.M. - "Collapse Into Now"
35) The Decemberists - "The King Is Dead"
36) Aryn Michelle - "Last One Standing"
37) Kelly Carvin - "Kelly Carvin & The Future"
38) Wilco - "The Whole Love"
39) Christine Martucci - "Sin & Redemption"
40) The Strokes - "Angles"
41) Steve Earle - "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive"
42) Anjelia - "Believe"
43) Readymade Breakup
44) Joanna Burns - "The Green Year"
45) Anthony Walker - "This City Won't Sleep"
46) Dawes - "Nothing Is Wrong"
47) Mother Mother - "Eureka"
48) Stevie Nicks - "In Your Dreams"
49) Ben Rector - "Into The Morning"
50) Danny White - "A Beautiful Crazy"
51) Eilen Jewell - "Queen Of The Minor Key"
52) Emma Dean - "Dr Dream And The Imaginary Pop-Cabaret"
53) Armand Margjeka - "Margo Margo"
54) The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow"
55) Adele - "21"
56) Ha Ha Tonka - "Death Of A Decade"
57) Jonathan Andrew - "The Ropes"
58) Pure Grain - "Sowing Seeds"
59) David Arn - "Postmodern Days"
60) Don Lee - "Fool To Even Care"
61) Sloan - "The Double Cross"
62) The Gay Blades - "Savages"
63) Fiery Blue - "Our Secret"
64) Young The Giant
65) Gillian Welch - "The Harrow & The Harvest"
66) Michael Askin - "Here We Are Now"
67) The Lion And The Wolf
68) Kimon & The Prophets - "Trenton Blues"
69) WhiteCityLight
70) Gerald Edward - "Side B"


Gary Wien has been covering the arts since 2001 and has had work published with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist and the author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. In addition, he runs New Jersey Stage and the online radio station The Penguin Rocks. He can be contacted at gary@newjerseystage.com.


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