Best of 2011: Matt Mac Haffie’s Top 10 Albums

10. Charmboy’s “Let It Feed”
Local trio ‘70s-drenched debut CD rocks!

9. Bryan Thomas’ “Smash to Pieces”
Ridiculously good!

8. Laura Marling’s “A Creature I Don’t Know”
Dare I say it, good folk.

7. Mike Viola’s “Electro de Perfecto”
More of “that thing you do” power pop out of Boston.

6. Human Switchboard’s “Who’s Landing in My Hanger?”
This Myrna Marcarian-led outfit burns as bright in reissue as the original vinyl LPs, EPs and 45s it was culled from.

5. Tommy Keene’s “Deep Six Saturday”
No matter the year, Tommy always delivers a well-crafted power pop album.

4. Liam Finn’s “FOMO”
This son of Neil won me over at the Solid Sound fest this summer past.

3. Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light”
Seventeen years in, still making indispensable guitar rock.

2. Thomas Dolby’s “Map of the Floating City”
Originally part of the Floating City video game, this LP grew a life of its own.

1. Michael Monroe’s “Sensory Overdrive”
Let’s top the rock chart with an album that actually rocks. It rocks its damn fool head off. No song over 4 minutes, no-filler, all-killer, Mike Monroe! So here goes your proof; check out all 3 minutes 30 seconds of the video for “Trick of the Wrist”…

by Matt Mac Haffie, Nippertown contributor


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  1. Matt Mac Haffie says

    With a good fraction of my current CD collection still caked in Irene-spread Hudson River mud, I inadvertently omitted the wholly wonderful M.R. Poulopoulos CD, “Greenhorn.” This understated slice of Americana received a glowing review in these pages and deserves to make my and many other year end best of lists.

  2. Normando says

    Mike somehow looks younger than he did in the 80s. And man, he sure still do rock.

  3. Eric Halder says

    Thanks so much Matt! Charmboy is in with some pretty hot company on this list!! Nippertown rocks!!!!

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