Albums of 2011: The Contenders

I had to have listened to an album or EP six times for it to feature in this blog’s top Albums of 2011 list, which will be published before the end of the year. These ones crossed the threshold.

Alex Turner – Submarine
Amon Tobin – ISAM
Andrew Bird, etc. – Norman OST
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
The Antlers – Burst Apart
Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Battles – Gloss Drop
Beirut – The Rip Tide
Ben Folds – Ben Folds Fifty-Five Vault
Besnard Lakes – You Lived in the City
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Björk – Biophilia
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Wolfroy Goes to Town
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Braids – Native Speaker
Burial – Street Halo
Cake – Showroom of Compassion
Camille – Ilo Veyou
Cant – Dreams Come True
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Colin Stetson – Those Who Didn’t Run
Cults – Cults
Daedelus – Bespoke
Danielson – Best of Gloucester County
Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
Destroyer – Kaputt
dEUS – Keep You Close
The Dodos – No Color
Eisley – The Valley
Elbow – Build a Rocket, Boys!
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
Emmy the Great – Virtue
Erland and the Carnival – Nightingale
Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
The Fall – Ersatz G.B.
Feist – Metals
The Field – Looping State of Mind
Fionn Regan – 100 Acres of Sycamore
The Flaming Lips – Gummy Song Skull
The Flashbulb – Love as a Dark Hallway
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (alternate takes)
Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
Future of the Left – Polymers Are Forever
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Gardens & Villa – Gardens & Villa
Generationals – Actor-Caster
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
Gomez – Whatever’s On Your Mind
Gruff Rhys – Atheist Xmas
Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
Grouper – A I A: Alien Observer
Grouper – A I A: Dream Loss
Guillemots – Walk the River
Hard Mix – Defaults
The Horrors – Skying
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
James Blake – Enough Thunder
James Blake – James Blake
James Blake – Love What Happened Here
Jens Lekman – An Argument with Myself
Jonny – Jonny
Jonny Greenwood/Can – Norwegian Wood OST
Josh Ritter – To the Yet Unknowing World
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Julianna Barwick – Matrimony Remixes
Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
Kate Bush – Director’s Cut
The Kills – Blood Pressures
Lamb – 5
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
Laura Veirs – Tumble Bee
The Last Hurrah! – Spiritual Non-Believers
Let’s Wrestle – Nursing Home
The Leisure Society – Into the Murky Water
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
Low – C’mon
Low – C’mon Acoustic EP
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Magic Trick – The Glad Birth of Love
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Micachu & the Shapes – Chopped and Screwed
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
The Mountaineering Club – A Start on Such a Night is Full of Promise
Ólöf Arnalds – Ólöf Sings
Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek – Mort aux vaches
Peter Broderick & Takumi Uesaka – Glimmer
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Radiohead, etc. – TKOL RMX 1234567
R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
The Roots – Undun
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
Saul Williams – Volcanic Sunlight
She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas
Sigur Rós – Inni
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Standard Fare – Out of Sight, Out of Town
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
Tori Amos – Night of Hunters
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
TV on the Radio – World Café Live
The Unthanks – Last
The Wave Pictures – Beer in the Breakers
White Denim – D
Wilco – Speak Into The Rose
Wilco – The Whole Love
Wild Beasts – Smother
Wild Flag – Wild Flag
William D. Drake – The Rising of the Lights
Wooden Shjips – West
Woods – Sun and Shade
Zun Zun Egui – Katang

The final list of 12 is here.

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