Mike I: Top Albums of 2011

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Adele: 21

Who doesn’t love a good torch song every now and again?

Standout Track(s): Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You

09We Are Augustines: Rise Ye Sunken Ships

A little uneven, but I appreciate the rawness of it, especially in light of the fucked-up-edness that inspired it.

Standout Track(s): Augustine, Book of James

08Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams

I wasn’t as big a fan of their debut as everyone else. This one feels more complex and layered.

Standout Track(s): Always Looking, Coming Down

07Gillian Welch: The Harrow and the Harvest

I am from the South, even if sometimes I pretend I’m not.

Standout Track(s): The Way It Goes, Down Along the Dixie Line

06Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Best album ever by a former cult member?

Standout Track(s): Honey Bunny, My Ma

05M83: Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

I don’t really know what to say about this except it’s really ambitious and awesome.

Standout Track(s): Raconte-Moi Une Histoire, OK Pal

04Elbow: Build a Rocket, Boys

Score one for refreshing earnestness.

Standout Track(s): Lippy Kids, Neat Little Rows

03Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues

That line in Helplessness Blues about unique snowflakes makes me think of my students.

Standout Track(s): Lorelai, Helplessness Blues

02Bill Callahan: Apocalypse

This album makes me want to hang out with Bill Callahan in a seedy motel room watching late-night TV and drinking bourbon.

Standout Track(s): America!, One Fine Morning

01PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

What can I say? I’m a sucker for ambitious WWI concept albums.

Standout Track(s): All and Everyone, Written on the Forehead

honorable mentions

TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light; Wilco, The Whole Love; Radiohead, King of Limbs; Low, C’mon; Black Lips, Arabian Mountain

similarity to overall top ten: 32.83%, 3 matches

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