QMI Agency includes Drake’s Take Care in Top 10 Albums of 2011 list [News]
Montreal, QC – The QMI Agency (Quebecor Media Inc.), one of Canada’s largest media corporations, has released their 10 Top Albums of 2011. Drake’s Take Care album came in at No. 5 on the list. The Weeknd’s House of Balloons also received an honorable mention. Here is 10 counting down to 1:
10. Black Keys – El Camino
09. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
08. Radiohead – King of Limbs
07. Feist – Metals
06. Wilco – The Whole Love
05. Drake – Take Care
04. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
03. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
02. Adele – 21
01. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
QMI’s top 10 CDs of 2011
To paraphrase Paul Simon: There must be 50 ways to lose your lover.
And even more ways to make an album about it.
That’s not news. Ever since the first caveman divorce, musicians have sung laments to love and the lack thereof — and this year is no exception. But what is exceptional is that two decidedly different discs about the death of romance ended up duking it out for supremacy on my list of 2011’s top music.
In this corner: David Comes to Life, the third studio full-length from ambitious Toronto art-punks F—ed Up. In that corner: 21, the Grammy-nominated and chart-topping sophomore album from beloved British songbird Adele.
The former is a magnificent, multi-layered punk-rock opera about passion and fate, starring a light-bulb-factory drone who condemns love and battles depression when his activist girlfriend is killed by a homemade bomb. The latter is a classic confessional breakup album that examines the aftermath of a relationship and its accompanying emotional stages, from defensiveness and anger through to forgiveness.
David is fuelled by a fusion of driving guitars and chiming melodies that suggests Pete Townshend collaborating with The Dead Boys, and topped by leather-lunged, full-throttle vocals from bald behemoth Damian (Pink Eyes) Abraham. 21 is grounded by an earthy blend of impeccably crafted soul, blues, folk and gospel that cushions the powerhouse pipes of one of England’s most deservedly acclaimed young vocalists. One seems more likely to appeal to men; the other to women. But both, ultimately, are works that seamlessly, stylishly and skillfully fuse art and the heart, reminding us it is indeed better to have loved and lost than never to have embraced life.
Passion and intensity in various forms were also the hallmarks of my other favourite albums this year. Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters loudly delivered both with their seventh disc Wasting Light, a ferociously heavy return to form that also reunited Grohl with Nevermind producer Butch Vig.
After seven long years, sulphurous singer-songwriter Tom Waits finally emerged from his junk shop with Bad As Me, another jerry-rigged, sputtering contraption of grim-reaper blues and grand-weeper ballads.
Toronto rapper Drake frankly surveyed the highs and lows of his now-cemented fame — and learned to be careful what he wishes for — on his thoughtful, intimate sophomore album, Take Care.
Jeff Tweedy was equally introspective on The Whole Love, probing his own desires and failings over Wilco’s expansively noisy art-roots.
Calgary’s Leslie Feist followed up her 2007 breakthrough The Reminder with the moodier Metals, melding gospel, soul and blues into a work of quiet majesty.
Radiohead took a similarly understated tack on their skittery but typically compelling King of Limbs, while Wisconsin indie-folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon of Bon Iver expanded his worldview and sonic approach with his Grammy-nominated sophomore disc. And speaking of Grammys, Ohio blues-punk duo The Black Keys followed up their winning entry Brothers with the turbocharged El Camino, a sweet ride that ended the year on a high note.
By: Darryl Sterdan, QMI Agency