Once you leave school behind, where there’s a constant exchange of music among friends, years can go by without being introduced to new music. Thank God for the music critics at NPR! If you need to refresh your aural landscape, check out their 25 favorite new albums of 2011 (so far) and fall music preview, where I first heard Lana Del Rey and Big Deal (see the videos below). My favorite albums this year have been Radiohead’s The King of Limbs and Bon Iver’s Bon Iver. While Adele’s 21 doesn’t make the cut, I do love select songs from her: “Someone Like You,” “Make You Feel My Love” (Bob Dylan cover), and “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt cover). I predict that my favorite albums from the fall will be Feist’s Metals and Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto. Let me know if any of these songs resonate with you, and be sure to share your picks from 2011.
Feist, “How Come You Never Go There” (Metals)
Big Deal, “Chair” (Lights Out)
Lana Del Rey, “Video Games” (Video Games)
Coldplay, “Paradise” (Mylo Xyloto)