3hree Things: My 12 Favorite Albums Of 2011, Vol. 4 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.
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The following are my three favorite records from a year that was so jam packed with great new music that this list could have easily been thirty albums long (and taken ten weeks for me to roll out). Thankfully, I didn't subject you guys (or myself) to that extended list. You're welcome.

Please add any albums you think I might have missed in the comments below, and let's hope 2012 is as good or better as 2011 was. Happy New Year, and thanks as always for reading.

3) Young Widows - In and Out of Youth and Lightness

Favorite Track: "Future Heart"

Old Wounds was one of my favorite records of 2008, and having to wait three years for its follow-up seemed like a freaking eternity. I spun the hell out of Old Wounds during those three years, and with every listen, I found myself getting more and more excited for what was next for Young Widows. I pictured something heavier, grittier, grimier and energetic. What I got was almost the complete opposite; something lighter, more atmospheric and more patient. You'd think I would have been disappointed. You know, the whole expectation v. reality thing. And I very well could have been, I've seen it happen to countless bands (my own included). "Bah. This isn't what I wanted it to be" as a disgruntled listener shoves a album deep into the dregs of his/her iTunes playlist.

I gave In and Out of Youth and Lightness a lot of time. It didn't click the first time. Or the second. Or the third. But something happened around the fourth or fifth listen that pushed aside my misguided expectations and made it my favorite thing Young Widows has ever done. There are few feelings as amazing as when a album just clicks, when you're sitting in your car or at your desk (or wherever you listen to music) and you just feel it wash over you, like "Fuuuuuu-this is incredible." And if there's a moral to this story, I guess it's that just because an album doesn't sound or feel just like you'd hoped it would, that doesn't mean it never will.

Buy it here.

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