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    Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:46:59

    11 for '11: The Most Anticipated Albums for 2011 - ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips on upcoming music releases - 11 for '11: The Most Anticipated Albums for 2011

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    2011 plans to be a great year for music, and that means there are many albums we can expect. In honor of this eleventh year of the second millennium, here are our eleven albums to watch for in the coming four seasons. Let's have a look, shall we?

    Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch The Throne - This album has yet to peg a release date, but music lovers everywhere are surely chomping at the bit for this collision of hip hop heavyweights. The fact that Kanye's last album has been such a critically acclaimed and buzz-worthy success makes it all the more interesting.

    Five Finger Death Punch - TBA - 5FDP have established themselves as the preeminent metal band to emerge in the last five years. Having sold almost one million albums worldwide in an era when metal bands simply don't do that is quite incredible. But then, when you hear Death Punch's penchant for melding melody, vocal hooks and pure aggression, it all makes sense. Expect their third album later this year, and expect it to be one of the biggest rock albums of the year.

  • Santigold - TBA - Santigold- or "Santogold" as she called herself when she debuted- was one of the biggest and brightest surprises of 2008. Her debut album was magnificent, with formidable hooks, interesting vocal melodies and progressive beats. The fact that it will have been almost three years since she released her first work only adds to our anticipation for her next move.
  • The Strokes - Angles - In interviews, members of The Strokes have mentioned that this is the most collaborative album they've every done- with all band members helping in the song-writing process. It's been several years since their last album (which was only their third), and fans everywhere are excited for the band that ushered in a new era of "retro-rock" to return. How retro!
  • Radiohead - King of Limbs - Radiohead's last album, In Rainbows, was one of their best and most invigorating. They famously released it into the wild with a "pay what you want" online freak-out, and then released it traditionally months later through an independent label. With a band as revolutionary as Radiohead, buzz only grows any time you mention the words "new album."
  • Jane's Addiction - TBA - These rock legends have been holed up in the studio with Rich Costey (Muse, The Mars Volta, System of a Down) and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio on bass. Early demos sound absolutely incredible- ethereal, dark, and full of interesting rock, roll, and noise. This is going to surprise a lot of people- just watch.
  • Red Fang - Murder The Mountains - These Portland metal-men sound similar to Kyuss or, not surprisingly, early Queens of the Stone Age. By blending the best of seventies hard rock and early punk, Red Fang have made themselves a band to watch this year. Their debut album is out this April on Relapse Records.
  • Lady Gaga - Born This Way - Well, it turns out that when you become the biggest pop star on the planet, you make it onto the list of the most anticipated albums of 2011! It will be interesting to see if Gaga can match her monumental hits from her first 1.5 albums.
  • Lykke Li- Wounded Rhymes - This Swedish songstress gained traction from her 2008 debut album, Youth Novels, which slowly infiltrated America from overseas. It featured fantastic cuts like "Little Bit" and "I'm Good, I'm Gone"- which received several key placements in television shows. With beautifully crafted songs and a hauntingly angelic voice, Lykke is poised to make 2011 quite a year for herself.
  • Queens of the Stone Age - TBA - It's been almost four years since the last QOTSA album, and these hard rock art gods are back on the prowl. Get ready to head bang with all your hard rock-art friends.
  • The Mars Volta - TBD - Last decade, TMV ushered in a new era of prog-rock and made the idea of the concept album cool again. Almost every offering from these guys (except perhaps their third album, Amputecture) has pushed the boundaries of music in an intense and amazing way. Expect some great, cutting edge music, and some thoroughly strange song titles!
  • We are only touching the tip of the musical iceberg for 2011, but this list can at least act as your musical Cliff's Notes for the year. By the way, have you heard anything about Coachella? Just kidding!
  • —Mark Phillips
    02.14.11

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