Top Albums of 2011

Yep, it's that time of year again...time for my annual site update, or my favorite albums of the year. Weird year for me musically in that I probably spent 80% of the year listening to music from the 70's (like lots of Bowie). That said, there was tons of good music released this year and I thoroughly enjoy each album on this list.

No. 10
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts Cover
Thurston Moore
Demolished Thoughts
May 24, 2011
Matador

 

Highlights: Benediction, In Silver Rain with a Paper Key, Circulation

No. 9
Mastodon - The Hunter Cover
Mastodon
The Hunter
September 27, 2011
Reprise

 

Highlights: Spectrelight, The Sparrow, Stargasm

No. 8
Radiohead - The King of Limbs Cover
Radiohead
The King of Limbs
February 18, 2011
Self-released

 

Highlights: Morning Mr Magpie, Lotus Flower, Give Up the Ghost

No. 7
A Winged Victory for the Sullen Cover
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
S/T
September 12, 2011
Kranky

 

Highlights: Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears, Requiem for the Static King Part 2, All Farewells are Sudden

No. 6
Beirut - The Rip Tide Cover
Beirut
The Rip Tide
August 2, 2011
Pompeii Records

 

Highlights: East Harlem, Port of Call, Vagabond

No. 5
Destroyer - Kaputt Cover
Destroyer
Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Merge

 

Highlights: A Savage Night at the Opera, Chinatown, Bay of Pigs (detail)

No. 4
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints Cover
EMA
Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Souterrain Transmissions

 

Highlights: The Grey Ship, Milkman, California

No. 3
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 Cover
Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972
February 14, 2011
Kranky

 

Highlights: Hatred of Music I, Hatred of Music II, In the Air I, In the Air, II, In the Air III

No. 2
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy Cover
St. Vincent
Strange Mercy
September 12, 2011
4AD

 

Highlights: Strange Mercy, Hysterical Strength, Year of the Tiger

No. 1
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake Cover
PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
February 11, 2011
Island/Vagrant

 

Highlights: In the Dark Places, All and Everyone, The Glorious Land