Miya T: Top Albums of 2011

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

Still an amazing songwriter, and such a spritely voice at 70!

09Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials

16-year-old me probably would have had this at #1. It’s probably an affectionate nod to my teenage self that it’s in my top 10. Also, I feel compelled to mention that Florence Welch is daughter of Italian Renaissance art historian Evelyn Welch.

08Oh Land: Oh Land

I regret not putting this on the nomination list. I thought this album was just some fluffy fun when I got it back in Feb., but I keep going back to it, so here it is. And no, it’s not here just because Nanna Øland Fabricus is Danish.

07James Blake: James Blake

Are these songs? What are these? Whatever they are, they stay in my head in a good way. And there are two tracks named Lindisfarne (as in the Lindisfarne Gospel). Bonus.

03Beyoncé: 4

No doubt Beyoncé will still be performing some of these tracks when she’s 50. In six-inch heels, a blonde blowout, and sequins, of course.

01PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

An album that proves through music that history is important and still deeply felt? Sold. PJ even makes us grieve over those obscure wars of England’s sputtering-out empire, even if we didn’t know much about them before. One of the most creative albums made this year

honorable mentions

Yelle, “Safari Disco Club,” The Dodos, “No Color”

similarity to overall top ten: 39.83%, 4 matches

top songs

10Tune-Yards, “Gangsta”

09Bon Iver, “Perth”

08Austra, “Darken Her Horse”

07Willem Maker, “The Freq”

06Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”

05Beyoncé, “1 + 1”

04Gillian Welch, “The Way It Goes”

03Yelle, “La Musique”

02Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Otis”

01Lykke Li, “I Follow Rivers”

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