Greg W: Top Albums of 2011

Pittsbrugh, PA

top ten albums

10Adele: 21

Haters gonna hate.

Standout Track(s): Rolling in the Deep, He Won’t Go

09Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes

Standout Track(s): I Follow Rivers, Get Some, Sadness is a Blessing

08Cut Copy: Zonoscope

Standout Track(s): Where I’m Going, Take Me Over, Need You Now

07The Antlers: Burst Apart

Standout Track(s): French Exit, Every Night my Teeth are Falling Out, Putting the Dog to Sleep

06The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow

Standout Track(s): Poison & Wine, Barton Hollow, 20 Years

05Dawes: Nothing is Wrong

Jackson Browne influence all over this record. While commuters across America were butchering ‘Rolling in the Deep’ with the windows down, I found myself continually belting out Dawes tunes, much to the chagrin of passers-by.

Standout Track(s): Coming Back to a Man, Million Dollar Bill, If I Wanted Someone

04The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Belong

Enough hooks, fuzz, and shoegazing to transport you back to 1996.

Standout Track(s): Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now, Heart in Your Heartbreak, Belong, Even in Dreams

03M83: Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

There’s so much potential for this album to completely collapse after the first two songs.  That it doesn’t, and keeps being interesting and creative through the next twenty, is testament to its greatness.

Standout Track(s): Midnight City; Wait; Claudia Lewis

02Bon Iver : Bon Iver

A surprising, emotive album from start to finish, Bon Iver has an orchestration and boldness that makes For Emma feel like forever ago.

Standout Track(s): Holocene; Calgary; Minnesota, WI

01James Blake: James Blake

The album of the year should not just be unforgettable, but capable of affecting the trajectory of popular music. James Blake does just that. Standout album and standout sound of the year.

Standout Track(s): The Wilhelm Scream, I Never Learnt to Share, Limit to Your Love

honorable mentions

Alexander – Alexander, Beirut – Riptide, Cults – Cults, Drake – Take Care, Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact, Washed Out – Within and Without

similarity to overall top ten: 24.33%, 3 matches

top songs

10Jay-Z / Kanye West, “Otis”

09Alexander, “Truth”

08Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

07Cults, “You Know What I Mean”

06Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues”

05Drake, “Take Care”

04James Blake, “The Wilhelm Scream”

03King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, “Bats in the Attic”

02M83, “Midnight City”

01Wye Oak, “Civilian”

Honorable Mentions: The Rapture, “How Deep is Your Love?”; Beirut, “East Harlem”; Ryan Adams, “Lucky Now”; Tune-Yards, “Bizness”; The Decemberists, “January Hymm”; The Mountain Goats, “Damn these Vampires”; Smith Westerns, “Weekend”; Bon Iver, “Holocene”

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