What a year. Not to just say that in an obligatory manner, but this year truly was an elevation from last. I rated almost twice as many albums, changed formats to something more palatable and finally got to do a year-end list my way, albeit with significant setbacks (Eh, nobody’s perfect).
I can’t help that my ambitions can exceed my ability, (read: tolerance to sit at a computer and write about music for hours and hours and hours at a time) but rest assured that 2012’s going to be just as incredible with perhaps even MORE music accounted for. And to think I might actually write about them this time! Wouldn’t that be something? Starting today, I’m going to be keeping abreast of the music of 2012 with reviews and such of the like. By my estimation, I already have about nineteen albums in the cannon to listen to over the next three months. So, needless to say, I’ll be keeping myself busy. Look forward to it.
But, besides a promise for the future, there is something I must mention that unfortunately may become a requisite of the yearly Modicums. You see, in order to prepare for them, I have to stop any submissions to my lists at the beginning of November, so the lists that I post don’t represent the recommended records and songs that come out in that glorious month and the one that follows. So, here I’ve posted my updated list of Greatest Albums and Songs of 2011. (The singles list actually wasn’t changed by year’s end, but I’ll include it for posterity.) Also, I’ve listed the recommended albums of November and December. And, because I’m self-depreciating, I’ve also enclosed a list of the records that I had intended to listen to but never got around to. Hope you enjoy the new submissions (and slight order changes), and have a great New Year. The weather’s been so nice lately, it would be pretty hard not to.
Oh, also, in case you were wondering, the live album of the year was Shining’s Live Blackjazz and the worst album of the year was the new Nickelback record. (My apologies Lulu anti-fans.)
E-40 is a 44-year-old African American man from northern California who raps about dealing drugs, struggling to survive, having sex with women and killing people who cross him. I am an upper middle class white kid not even in my 20’s from the suburbs of the Northeast. I have never smoked a cigarette and the most blood I have ever spilled was when cutting my thumb on a broken vase. It would seem that Mr. 40 and I would be exact opposites, and yet, for the entirety of summer 2011, his Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift album positively refused to leave my dashboard. I bumped that album when I did errands and felt like a badass rolling up to TD Bank blasting “Mr. Flamboyant 2K11” with a coffee can full of change under my arm. I played “Beastin’” for a friend while driving on the way to a sushi restaurant, and sang the hook to “Me and My Bitch” while playing Halo: Reach. I recommended the album to a friend of a friend at a bar that NYU undergrads frequent, who was also neither white nor remotely underprivileged. In fact, in the seven months that I have been enjoying Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift, I cannot remember discussing its greatness a single time with a person of African descent.
I don’t really have anything to say about that. I just thought it was interesting.
Greatest Albums of 2011: #10: E-40 - Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift
Whew, that was a pretty intense couple days. Hope those following along are having fun. Just wanted to remind people that the Modicums will be stopped for now and started back up on the 22nd so we can count down the greatest songs and albums of 2011 one. by. one. up to the new year. In the meantime, I will be working tirelessly to fill in all the written descriptions of these entries, so you can pop in over the next two weeks to see the progress on that. But, other than that, I am extremely appreciative of your readership and hope that everyone has a great winter break. See you all in fourteen days!
Tune In December 22nd for Albums/Songs 10 - 1!!!!!!!!!