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Friday, January 6, 2012

Here in week 52, the last Fingertips post of the year takes you through my top 10 favorite free and legal MP3s of 2011


10. 
“Plath Heart” – Braids  (January 6)
Rewarding 21st-century pop, charged with both complexity and humanity.
9. 
“Friends of Friends” – Hospitality  (September 22)
Quirky, nostalgic, minimalist NYC indie rock.
8. 
“Queen of Hearts” – The Unthanks  (March 30)
Lovely, off-kilter folk revivalism, from the UK.
7. 
“Amor Fati” – Washed Out  (August 3)
Buoyant, hopeful/wistful synth pop.
6. 
“Shake” – The Grenadines  (November 17)
A song urging us to “shake” that is actually sexy.
5. 
“The Great Pan is Dead” – Cold Cave  (February 10)
Dense, powerful, and memorable.
4. 
“Casablanca Nights” – Johan Agebjörn (with Sally Shapiro)  (May 19)
Nimble, ravishing neo-italo-disco.
3. 
“Teeo” – Vedoinmessico  (October 12)
Easy-going, assured multi-national pop.
2. 
“Serpents” – Sharon Van Etten  (December 1)
A “Layla” for the smartphone set; tough, controlled, intense.
1. 
“Love To Get Used” – Matt Pond PA   (April 27)
All sinew and punch, with a brisk drive and an absurdly catchy chorus.


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