Top 20 Albums of 2011
December 27, 2011, 5:48 pm
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So, here it is.  A little earlier than planned but I’m ready to put 2011 behind me.  Compared to ’09 and ’10, this year in music was fairly disappointing.  Many of my most anticipated albums of 2011 were letdowns to some degree – some big enough that I have very little interest in revisiting them (Radiohead, TV on the Radio) and some managed to still make my top 20 despite being less than what I hoped for (Bon Iver, Panda Bear).  A lot of my favorite music this year came from vets that I did not have high expectations for anymore (PJ Harvey, Wilco, Low, Wild Flag) or new acts that blew me away (EMA, WU LYF, IceAge, The Men).  In short, 2011 was a year of surprises.

As a bonus, I compiled a Spotify playlist of my 50 favorite songs of 2011.  Note: they are unranked and in alphabetical order.

20) Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

Download MP3: “Sleep Dealer”

Download MP3: “Replica”

19) Bon Iver – Bon Iver

“Holocene”

18) Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Download MP3: “Jesus Fever”

Download MP3: “In My Time”

17) Wilco – The Whole Love

“Dawned On Me”

16) The Men – Leave Home

Download MP3: “Bataille”

15) IceAge – New Brigade

Download MP3: “White Rune”

Download MP3: “Broken Bone”

14) Atlas Sound – Parallax

Download MP3: “Te Amo”

Download MP3: “Terra Incognita”

13) Future Islands – On The Water

Download MP3: “Before The Bridge”

Download MP3: “Balance”

12) Panda Bear – Tomboy

Download MP3: “Last Night At The Jetty”

11) Wild Flag – Wild Flag

“Romance”

10) Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact

Download MP3: “Mindkilla”

9) PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

“Written On The Forehead”

8) Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Download MP3: “Vomit”

7) WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

“Heavy Pop”

6) Low – C’mon

Download MP3: “Try to Sleep”

Download MP3: “Especially Me”

5) Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

“All Die Young”

“Weekend”

4) tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Download MP3: “Bizness”

3) Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital

Download MP3: “What About Us”

Download MP3: “Repatriated”

2) Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

Download MP3: “Queen of Hearts”

Download MP3: “Ship of Fools”

1) EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

Download MP3: “The Grey Ship”

“California”

Honorable Mentions

Beyoncé – 4

Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass


Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges


Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues


The Horrors – Skying

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves


Tom Waits – Bad As Me


The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

 

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