3hree Things: My 12 Favorite Albums Of 2011, Vol. 3 of 4

Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.

Hello? Anybody out there? Is this thing on?

So, uh...maybe rolling this out in four volumes wasn't the best idea. Sorry. Rest assured that it has been duly noted, and if the folks at OC Weekly are kind enough to retain my services until next year at this time, I'll just dump my end-of-the-year list on you in a more traditional format that you may blow through it in mere moments as you continue your quest to win at the internet.

If there is a plus-side to the slow roll-out, it might be the following: should you hear something you like and want to purchase, you can do that, spend a week with said purchase(s), let the album sink in (or not), and avoid getting overwhelmed by picking up a slew of new music and not having enough time to spend any of it before the onslaught of 2012's best albums start punching you in the ear come the second week of January.

If you're still here, thanks for sticking with me. We're getting there.

6) Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Favorite Track: "For 12"

It didn't take long for this record to knock me on my ass. I got five songs into it and rushed to proclaim my love for it (and that it'd definitely end up on this list) on my blog. I'm not one to use the word "gorgeous" all that often (or ever, really), but I can't really think of a better way to describe this record. It's just gorgeous (and haunting).

I mentioned last week that Radiohead's The King of Limbs didn't make the cut for this year's list, and I feel like a large part of that (aside from TKOL not having much staying power) was that Tamer Animals filled the sonic void that Radiohead records have usually filled over the years for me. It's melancholy, brooding, textured, nuanced, and diverse. Given that Radiohead is my favorite band of all time, I'm not really sure I can give a record a greater compliment than that. 

Buy Tamer Animals here.

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