Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top Albums of 2011

2011 was a bit of a down year in music for me.  For the sake of comparison, my personal music collection has 25.3 hours of music released in 2011, but 62.8 hours from 2010.  [But this makes things look worse than they really are, for a couple of reasons: (1) I've since added music from 2010 during 2011 (2) Now that I use the fantastic subscription service MOG to preview almost all the music I listen to, I can be more selective about what I add to my collection.]  Also, I attended only 3 concerts (excluding festivals) in 2011, compared to 20 (which was actually a bit much) in 2010.

All that being said, I wouldn't necessarily claim that the quality of this year's top 10 is worse than last year's.  However, the quality does seem to thin out beyond #10 faster than it did last year.  But you can be the judge of that.

Without further ado...

1. Panda Bear - Tomboy
3. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
4. Washed Out - Within and Without
5. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
6. Common - The Dreamer, The Believer
7. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
8. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
9. Cut Copy - Zonoscope 
10. M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming 

...and the best of the rest...

Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross - Blow EP
Son Lux - We Are Rising
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Blindside - With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World
The Dodos - No Color
Friendly Fires - Pala
Cults - Cults