My Favorite 30 Albums of 2011

Favorite Albums of 2011

A few weeks ago when I started thinking about which albums were my favorites of 2011 I only had a short list of 20. After scrolling through my iPod that list grew to over 60 albums that I liked so much that I bought (yes, actually bought). As usual the list runs the gamut of musical genres, with the only obvious omission being heavy metal. (sorry Mastodon).

Thank you Kate Bush for making my year.

  1. 01 / 50 Words for Snow – Kate Bush
  2. 02 / Wilco – The Whole Love
  3. 03 / Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  4. 04 / Burst Apart – Antlers
  5. 05 / Adele – 21
  6. 06 / Kiss Each Other Clean – Iron & Wine
  7. 07 / The Decemberists – The King is Dead
  8. 08 / TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  9. 09 / The Kills – Blood Pressures
  10. 10 / Drake – Take Care
  11. 11 / Cut Copy – Zonoscope
  12. 12 / M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  13. 13 / Feist – Metals
  14. 14 / The Black Keys – El Camino
  15. 15 / James Blake – James Blake
  16. 16 / Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  17. 17 / PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  18. 18 / Jay Z & Kanye West – The Throne
  19. 19 / Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  20. 20 / Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials
  21. 21 /The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  22. 22 / Cults – Cults
  23. 23 / The Horrors – Skying
  24. 24 / St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  25. 25 / Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
  26. 26 / Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  27. 27 / The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?
  28. 28 / Wye Oak – Civilian
  29. 29 / Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
  30. 30 / Friendly Fires – Pala

Honourable Mentions:

  • Radiohead – King of Limbs
  • Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
  • The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
  • Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Disappointments (for me anyways):

  • Death Cab for Cutie – Codes & Keys
  • Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
  • The Strokes – Angles

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