Best Albums of 2011

I guess giving Radiohead the top spot isn’t much of a surprise even if they got almost no year-end love elsewhere. The rest of the list was harder to put together. This ended up being a pretty thin year for LP’s and even some things that I loved early on, faded a bit over time. My Top 10 is mixed between records I couldn’t stop listening to and records I couldn’t stop going back to for better understanding.

Top Albums 2011:

  1. Radiohead – King of Limbs (+Basement Session & The Butcher) Not a benchmark classic but still better than anything else this year #10Best
  2. Watch The Throne – Massive record + instant classic by two of hip-hop’s Kings that took over NY and my headphones for months #10Best
  3. Panda Bear – Tomboy Show at MHWB helped me understand this incredibly personal record that channels Dilla thru a Portugese monastery #10Best
  4. Future Islands – Over the Water With a perfect mix of dramatic vocals &  tight instros sophomore effort might even improve on debut #10Best
  5. Washed Out – Within and Without Cleaner, polished production made this the surprising winner of the 2011 Yacht Rock Award #10Best
  6. SBTRKT – The most original & exciting record I heard this year with a brand new sound & vocals I couldn’t get enough of #wildfire #10Best
  7. Tycho – Dive Finds the perfect balance of analog + digital to achieve audio bliss & soundtrack all the home movies in my head #10Best
  8. Drake – Take Care The Morrissey of hip-hop used his talent as a writer and 40’s production to improve on his much-hated formula #10Best
  9. Destroyer – Kaputt A strange reimagining of 80’s radio that somehow sounded perfect thru winter’s coldest months #RIPClarenceClemons #10Best
  10. Wild Beasts – Smother Masters level production paired with beautiful vocals and mature lyrics made this one of years most underrated #10Best
  11. Wale – Ambition/Eleven One Eleven Theory
  12. Gil Scott-Heron remixed by Jamie xx – I’m New Here
  13. Real Estate – Days
  14. Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine
  15. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra
  16. James Blake
  17. Chad Valley – Equatorial Ultravox
  18. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  19. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  20. Clams Casino – Instrumentals
  21. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  22. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
  23. Feist – Metals
  24. The Strokes – Angles
  25. Atlas Sound – Parallax
    * CANT – Dreams Come True
    *John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
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  1. Fast Action says:

    […] continued to enjoy as he’s refined and perfected it. His album Dive was in my personal Top 10 for 2011 and the gatefold LP immediately became one of the gems in my vinyl collection. I was also […]

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