Music 2011

In putting together my top 10 albums of 2011 I didn’t look purely at what I’ve played the most, but what I got most excited about. All of these albums grabbed me when I first heard them and led me into weeks or months of replay, sometimes even on loop (which I normally don’t do). I’m not a music critic, so I can’t really put these into the context of all albums that have come out this year. I did see half of these groups play live last year, which may have been a catalyst for enjoying the recordings so much.

In non-ranked, alphabetical order:

A$AP Rocky: LiveLoveA$AP
Balam Acab: Wander/Wonder
Bjork and Omar Souleyman: The Crystalline Series
Braids: Native Speaker
Deafheaven: Roads to Judah
Hauschka: Salon Des Amateurs
How to Dress Well: Just Once EP
The Weeknd: House of Balloons
Washed Out: Within and Without
Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestial Lineage