This year is coming to a close, and while we say goodbye to 2011, we should do so by listening to the five best albums of the year.
5. "Mylo Xyloto," Coldplay
Coldplay went with an electronic feel for its latest album, and the result is a decent success. A step down from its previous "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" and not as good as 2005's "X&Y," the band's fifth album results in what can only be described as an acid trip for the ears.
Many of the songs, including "Paradise" (the disc's second single), deal with escapism and following your dreams, which is extremely fitting as that's what "Mylo Xyloto" manages to produce feelings of in the listener.
Standout tracks are "Hurts Like Heaven," "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall."
4. "I'm With You," Red Hot Chili Peppers
It's been five years since the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium," and in the those years, they gained a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. Singer Anthony Kiedis stated that with this new guitarist and album, the band began anew. It's a good start as the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their best album since 1999's "Californication."
A mix of experimental and their usual alternative rock, "I'm With You" highlights each of the four band member's talents with each song. Bassist Flea said the main theme of the album is life and death, and this is apparent from the opening song, "Monarchy of Roses." Throughout the album, the Chili Peppers invite listeners on a psychedelic journey of life, love, birth and death.
Album standouts are "Monarchy of Roses," "Factory of Faith," "Brendon's Death Song," "Annie Wants a Baby" and "Look Around."