Best Albums Of 2011

January 2, 2012 • Posted by 83Music

It’s that’s time again when every music blogger, magazine and online site have published their top albums from the ending year. While we  are a little late offering our entry to the onslaught of rankings, we also benefit by having no competion for the release of our list!

Once again, 83Music has chosen to only rank those albums we actually own and reside either on our hard drive or perhaps on our shelves in vinyl (a format we purchased more this year than any in recent memory). So, you may find some of your favorite 2011 album missing from this list and wonder “what the heck man!?! Why isn’t Adele ranked!?!” Well… it’s because we didn’t buy her album… we didn’t buy a lot of albums (or have them gifted to us by record labels). As usual, we tried to push forward into the year’s music offerings and didn’t spend too much time on records that were getting ample air play (or were butchered over and over again on singing competition television shows). We took into account several different concepts when deciding how to rank the albums, including how often we listened to them, how different they were from other releases we’ve heard in the past, and how complete the records were from start to finish. After reading many other end of the year lists… it’s blatantly obvious that there are a million opinions on how 2011 shaped up and what bands deserve recognition for having the year’s best albums…. Here’s ours.

51. J Mascis- Several Shades Of Why

52. Bright Eyes- The People’s Key

53. Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo

54. Explosions In The Sky- Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

55. The Horrors- Skying

56. Tycho- Dive

57. Gotye- Making Mirrors

58. Smith Westerns- Dye It Blonde

59. St. Vincent- Stranger Mercy

60. Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!

61. Wye Oak- Civilian

62. Lykke Li- Wounded Rhymes

63. Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi- Rome

64. Beth Hart- Don’t Explain

65. Grey Reverend- Of The Days

66. Beirut- The Rip Tide

67. Raphael Saadiq- Stone Rollin’

68. Smoke Fairies- Through Low Light And Trees

69. Betty Wright & The Roots- Betty Wright: The Movie

70. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Unknown Mortal Orchestra

71. Brandi Carlile- Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony

72. Little Dragon- Ritual Union

73. Panda Bear- Tomboy

74. Ha Ha Tonka- Death Of A Decade

75. Alexander- Alexander

76. Blitzen Trapper- American Goldwing

77. James Vincent McMorrow- Early In The Morning

78. Fruit Bats- Tripper

79. Bombay Bicycle Club- A Different Kind Of Fix

80. Justice- Audio, Video, Dance

81. Eleanor Friedberger- Last Summer

82. James Hoffman- The Union

83. Grieves- Together/Apart

84. ANR- Stay Kids

85. AA Bondy- Believers

86. Radical Face- The Family Tree: The Roots

87. When Saints Go Machine- Konkylie

88. Toro Y Moi- Underneath The Pine

89. Akron/Family- S/T II The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

90. Cataldo- Prison Boxing

91. Dessa- Castor, The Twin

92. Caged Animals- Eat Their Own

93. Blind Pilot- We Are The Tide

94. Jim McTurnan & The Kids That Killed The Man- Joie De Vivre

95. Warm Ghost- Narrows

96. Vetiver- The Errant Charm

97. Cut Copy- Zonoscope

98. Jamie Woon- Mirrorwriting

99. The Wood Brothers- Smoke Ring Halo

100. Alex Drumm- Empty Rooms 

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