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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin new music from emerging bands and musical icons.


Discussion: The Year In Music, 2011

December 7th, 2011

Episode 374 of 717 episodes

Was 2011 the year of the sneak attack? So many of big musical moments in the past 12 months seemed to appear out of nowhere. There was the unlikely return of the ukulele, which took a starring role in one of the year's most fascinating and talked-about releases, the tUnE-yArDs album w h o k i l l. Wilco and Bright Eyes, each coming off a run of albums that divided fans, dropped career-defining records — no less odd or experimental than their predecessors, but packed top to bottom with hummable songs. The Roots seemed to spin a dense, story-driven concept album out of thin air, with barely a peep of advance press. And Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, missing in action for more than a decade, reemerged with a sold-out solo tour and heaps of previously unreleased music. Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers take on these head-spinning moments and more — including their favorite songs, albums and discoveries of 2011 — in this year-end edition of All Songs Considered. You can listen to the complete show above, and complete selections from the discoveries and songs of the year in the list below. And don't forget: once you've listened, head to the blog to vote for your own favorite music of 2011. Alabama Shakes Album: Alabama Shakes Song: Hold On Little Scream Album: The Golden Record Song: Cannons Caveman Album: Coco Beware Song: Old Friend Delay Trees Album: Delay Trees Song: Gold The Roots Album: Undun Song: The OtherSide Neutral Milk Hotel Album: You've Passed / Where You'll Find Me Now 7" Song: You've Passed Wilco Album: Whole Love Song: Art of Almost tUnE-yArDs Album: w h o k i l l Song: You Yes You Apparat Album: The Devil's Walk Song: Black Water St. Vincent Album: Strange Mercy Song: Cheerleader Bright Eyes Album: The People's Key Song: One For You, One For Me Drake Album: Take Care Song: Take Care Add to PlaylistPurchase Music King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Album: Diamond Mine Song: Bubble Bon Iver Album: Bon Iver Song: Perth Herzog Album: Search Song: Silence The Mountain Goats Album: All Eternals Deck Song: Estate Sale Sign Cults Album: Cults Song: Abducted Beyoncé Album: 4 Song: Countdown

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