Top 10 Music CDs for 2011


My music taste is varied, so hopefully many of you can find something on this list that will please your ears. The library has most of the selected CDs below, so check one out today. Don't see your favorite on the list or in our catalog? Suggest we purchase the item by completing this form
Another fine release from one of the best rock bands around, led by Jeff Tweedy. The title track, "I Might" and "Art of Almost" are classic Wilco. And you have to admire how well local boy Tweedy (Belleville) has done for himself.
Incredible 1960s-style soul from this 29-year-old Detroit native. If you like Mo-Town, you will really enjoy this disc.
This band from Portland continues to make fine alt-country/alt- rock that is catchy, fun, and thought provoking.  
The first album from this Seattle band that is garnering much praise for its Americana and folk beauty. They will be at the Pageant on March 25, 2012.
Carll continues to write twangy alt-country tunes that will make you smile with their simplicity and sensibility.       
A live collection from Young's 1986 tour. This was recorded during his country period and is simply classic country music. Delightful.   
Returning to their roots, the Decembrists gather some of the best guest musicians for this less introspective, more rocking album.          
8. Centro-matic - "Candidate Waltz"  
Rough vocals, rocking sound, and solid lyrics are their trademark. This disc continues in that tradition and will please any Southern rock aficionado.
9. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - "Here We Rest"
If you are a fan of rock with a Southern feel, you will enjoy Isbell's second solo release.  He is fast becoming one of the best songwriters and storytellers, in the vein of Willie Nelson, John Mellenkamp, and Tom Petty.
Arriving on the British punk rock scene in the late 1970s, the Mekons have endured many changes and are now simply a well-seasoned rock band.  Their music is still tinged by punk, but they have mellowed with age.
--Keir H., Florissant Valley Branch



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