The Recommendation Project Part 21: The Best of 2011

We’re in the home stretch for 2011 so it’s time to review the year what was.  I need your pick for your favourite album of the year and then to pick one track from that record.

Personally, I keep going back to Washed Out’s Within and Without and the song “Eyes Be Closed.”  I don’t know what it is about this song, but it always makes me happy.  I’m also rather partial to “Need You Now” from Cut Copy’s Zonoscope.

Give it some thought.  I’ll leave this playlist open for the next couple of weeks, so feel free to visit and contribute often.

Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project.

1.  Look me up on Rdio ( and find the playlist marked The Recommendation Project Part 21:  The Best of 2011.

2.  Think about all the songs in your library and give me a song from your pick of the best new album of 2011.  All genres are fair game.

3.  Let your friends know about the project.  Get them to contribute.  The more the merrier, you know?

4.  And just so there’s no confusion, I don’t have any fiscal connection to Rdio other than I’m a regular $10/month subscriber.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “The Recommendation Project Part 21: The Best of 2011

  • December 4, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Gill Scott-Heron's remix album with Jamie xx, "We're New Here" is incredible. It came out in February and it's still on heavy rotation for me. Put my favourite track up on the playlist.

  • December 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Static in Transmission by Spoons…best comeback band of 2011. Great Album!!

  • December 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Cloud


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