Ryan M: Top Albums of 2011

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Iron and Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean

In about ten years he goes from barely audible folkie to up-front lead singer recording music you can ice skate on.

Standout Track(s): Tree by the River

09Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues

Back-handed album compliment: While I’ll stop short calling it ‘Debut Album Part II,’ it’s not that far off the mark, but that really isn’t a bad thing.

Standout Track(s): Grown Ocean

08The Rosebuds: Loud Planes Fly Low

Not very challenging but it works.

Standout Track(s): Come Visit Me

07Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Took me by surprise and for quite the ride. Great pop tunes mixed with extended six+ minute songs. The album has a lot to offer.

Standout Track(s): Alex

06Real Estate: Days

Everything in life should be this uncomplicated and breezy.

Standout Track(s): Green Aisles

05Radiohead: King of the Limbs

It may not be deemed brilliant, but it is quite good.

Standout Track(s): Morning Mr. Magpie

04PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

Savage WWI imagery and 21st century pop music – it just goes together.

Standout Track(s): The Words That Maketh Murder

03Wilco: The Whole Love

Welcome back.

Standout Track(s): Art of Almost

02The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient

Seemingly one long song that somehow really works.

Standout Track(s): I Was There

01Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

Top notch effort with only a scant amount of filler.

Standout Track(s): In My Time

honorable mentions

TV on the Radio // Nine Types of Light. Cheers Elephant // Man is Nature. Wye Oak // Civilian.

similarity to overall top ten: 35.67%, 4 matches

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