Flashback: My Top 10 Albums of 2011, As Explained By My Mother

The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart

“Sounds like blah blah blah searching for himself, blah blah blah roots have grown, same ol same ol pay phones, telephones, lonely days, yep what everybody sings about these days. Show me something new, velvet voice. Blah blah blah.”

Bon Iver - Bon Iver
“I haven’t understood a single word he’s said. Not one.”

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
[pretends to fall asleep at the wheel, veers wildly into neighboring lanes]

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
“I didn’t wanna like it cause of some of your past musical debacles, but I love this. I’m just as surprised as you are.”

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
“…can we switch it back to Glee Christmas now?”

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
“Sounds sort of like a ghost. Maybe several ghosts.”

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
[begins strumming imaginary guitar and singing “wah wah wah” with exaggerated crying noises until I switch the song]

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
“Lane,” she says gently, like she’s talking to a baby or violent criminal. “This isn’t music.”

Tennis - Cape Dory
“Is this Selena Gomez? I think your sister has this CD.”

Young the Giant - Young the Giant
“Listen Lane. We, as a family, have taken a vote and regret to inform you that your iPod privileges have been revoked for the duration of this car trip. And probably every one after this, as well. Thank you for understanding.”