Every week, The Daily’s Music Beat comes together to make the Tree-Mix, a playlist of the music that’s been on our minds. This past week’s theme focuses on songs of the summer, a season that, despite this week’s weather, was an entire month ago. The vast span of time elapsed since those days of September, so…
It’s hard to designate 12 months’ worth of musical releases as “weak,” but if any year can boldly claim the title, it’s 2011. The homogeneity of radio favorites is almost ridiculous: add some dubstep and you’re guaranteed to go platinum. “Sexy And I Know It” has now spent three solid months in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100–enough said. There were catchy releases and a smattering of good songs, but when entire albums were great, they were almost impeccable. Here are a couple examples of what we mean.
There is something to be admired in a band like Fleet Foxes, which is heavily influenced by folk classics like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, but manages to retain enough of its character to create its own distinctive sound.
In terms of musical creation, we’ve never seen a more schizophrenic decade.