best of 2011: albums

There seems to be some misunderstanding in the bloggosphere about “best of” lists.  This year, I saw several rants preceding year-end lists that went to great lengths to explain that they were NOT “best of” lists, because no one can definitely say who had the best albums (because, of course, no one has listened to every album produced in a given year and music is subjective and on and on).  Seriously?  I didn’t realize the Internet took things so literally.

So I will go on calling my lists “best of” lists, because it sounds so much better than “some albums I thought were kind of good, but I don’t know, you could have a different opinion, right?”  Enjoy!

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Best of 2011: Albums

25. Architecture in Helsinki – Moment Bends [V2/Downtown/Cooperative]

24. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical [self-released]

23. Thao & Mirah – Thao & Mirah [Kill Rock Stars]

22. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde [Fat Possum]

21. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams [Sub Pop]

20. The Coathangers – Larceny and Old Lace [Suicide Squeeze]

19. I Break Horses – Hearts [Bella Union]

18. Born Gold – Bodysongs [Hovercraft/Craft Symbols]

17. Tennis – Cape Dory [Fat Possum]

16. Cut Copy – Zonoscope [Modular]

15. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints [Souterrain Transmissions]

14. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes [Atlantic]

13. Young Girls – Young Girls [Home Skool Records]

12. Wild Flag – Wild Flag [Merge]

11. The Kills – Blood Pressures [Domino]

10. Little Dragon – Ritual Union [Peace Frog]

9. The Antlers – Burst Apart [Frenchkiss]

8. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong [Slumberland]

7. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation [Fat Possum]

6. Cults – Cults [In the Name Of]

5. Roky Moon and BOLT! – American Honey [ZenHill]

4. Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale [Moshi Moshi/Apricot Records]

3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming [Mute]

2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver [Jagjaguwar]

1. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l [4AD]

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You can check out my favorite EPs here, and my favorite tracks will be up early next week.

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