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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Tamer animals is the record of the year for and this is the only list I have seen it on. Cheers!


i agree with ahouston32.  i like the fact you split it up into chapters. no need for thinking it was dumb, it was different. and different's no bad ;) i enjoyed "Other Lives" thank you for sharing hehe. have a great new years tomorrow with your woman and maybe more family ;) hope it brings you what you are looking for.


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The way you feel about Cave In is exactly the way I feel about Thrice. Is there a reason why Thrice can't keep on recording music but do without the touring?


I think breaking the list up is a great idea, for the exact reason you mentioned--it gives me proper time to get into each album that I'm interested in.  I'm hoping Thursday's "No Devolucion" cracks the top 3, it dominated my playlist all year.


I'm waiting for you to finish your list in order to check it with mine. So far there's only one coincidence: Radiohead didn't make it to the Top 5.

Maybe Foo Fighter's Wasting Light might make your next week's top 3. Who knows?

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