Top Albums of 2011

December 24, 2011 — 2 Comments

2011 was a fantastic year for new music and it was super diverse, taboot. I always feel that there’s a lot that I’ve missed and for some reason this year I feel that more than most.

I discovered right after putting this list together that the top 20 or so congele as a cohesive favorite. I like them all and listened to them a ton, whereas the top 5 were really special in one way or another. I guess I found them more thought provoking, more inspired, and easier to lean on throughout the year. But anyway…

Here’s my top 25 Albums 0f 2011:

25. Kurt Vile  – Smoke Rings For My Halo

25 - Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)

24. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Mirror Traffic

23. Destroyer – Kaputt

23-Destroyer -Kaputt

22. Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

22- Watch the Throne

21. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End

21 - Cass McCombs - Wit's End

20. The Roots – Undun

20- The Roots- Undun

19. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life

19- Fucked Up -David Comes To Life

18. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire

19- Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire

17. Iceage- New Brigade

17- Iceage- New Brigade

16. Washed Out – Within and Without


15. Cloud Nothings – s/t

15 - Cloud-Nothings

14. Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing

14 - RAA - Departing

13.  Wilco- The Whole Love

13 - Wilco - The Whole Love

12. Panda Bear – Tomboy


11. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harves

11- Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

10. The Strokes – Angles

10- the-strokes-angles

9. The Decemberists – The King is Dead


8. Woods – Sun and Shade

8 - Woods -  Sun and Shade

7. Megafaun- s/t

7- MEGAFAUN - Megafaun

6. Real Estate – Days

6- Real Estate - Days

5. Yuck – s/t

5-Yuck - Yuck

4. James Blake – s/t

4 - James Blake - james blake

3. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

3- Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

2. Carter Tanton – Freeclouds

2 - Carter Tanton - Freeclouds

1. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

1 - The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

2 responses to Top Albums of 2011


    Nice, you got over Beirut pretty quick! You’re really gonna force me to keep trying on that Real Estate album, eh? It just doesn’t do much for me yet. Never heard of Carter Tanton, what’s that like?

    SLAVE AMBIENT is great. Gets better every time I listen to it. Sweet list! Still working on mine, hopefully this week…


      Ah, I did get over Beirut really fast. I dig that album a lot, too. Let’s say it lands at 26:) Carter Tanton is super chill but with flashes of early Cheap Trick (to me anyway). Critics panned it for being a little all over the place but my brain’s the same way! Real Estate = Great:) Thanks for reading, Cal!

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