My Ten Favorite Albums of 2011

Those who know me (that's you by now, right?) know that I am a huge music fan, with an enormous library of music of all styles. 2011 was a *great* year for music, and though I rarely make lists like this, I thought I'd share the ten albums that I ended up listening to the most from the past year. Omissions may be deliberate, or accidental - there are loads of 2011 released I haven't heard - but I stand by these 10 regardless. The list is in no particular order (though the M83 stands as my best of the year), and I've provided no affiliate links, because I'm not smart enough to make a buck off the Internet. I've also included a link to a Spotify playlist with the whole sheband. Buy, download and enjoy!


Tom's Best of 2011:

Washed Out - "Within and Without"

The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow"

M83 - "Hurry Up We're Dreaming"

Bon Iver - "Bon Iver"

James Blake - "James Blake"

The Antlers - "Burst Apart"

The Head and the Heart - "The Head and the Heart"

Elbow - "build a rocket, boys!"

Apparat - "The Devil's Walk"

Tycho - "Dive"


Here's the Spotify link: Toms Best of 2011

What were your favorites?

6 responses
I'll have to add the Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues and Middle Brother (Tyler Goldsmith from Dawes, Matt Vasquez from Delta Spirit and John McCauley III from Deer Tick) - Middle Brother.

2011 has been a great year for music in so many categories.

Forgot about the Middle Brother. I went pretty much by play count in iTunes.

A reasonably accurate measure, I suppose. ;)

Tangentially related: I also adore Justin Towns Earle (Steve Earle's son). 'Harlem River Blues' is a great album, but I think 'Midnight at the Movies' is my favorite from him.

Nice list. Saw Justin Townes Earle live last year. Good stuff.

Fleet Foxes would make my Top 5 too.
I'd also include:
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Amy Lavere - Stranger Me
The Black Keys - El Camino
Tune-Yards - Who Kill

I don't know Apparat or Tycho or Middle Brother. Cue spotify.

Jay - 'Daydreaming' is my favorite track on Middle Brother. I think you'll concur. :)

I haven't yet given El Camino a listen, but Brothers is the Black Keys at their best, IMO.

I'll definitely check out that Black Keys release. To date, it's evaded my radar, which I'll attribute to filter failure.