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Great Albums Of 2011
25Thrice
Major/Minor


Another emotional release from Sputnik's favorite band. I feel like not including this would be like Sputnik suicide. Anyways, it's good. But, you probably already knew that.
24Mogwai
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will


Mogwai prove that despite their 16 years of existence, they are still more than capable of making ingenious music. 'Hardcore Will Never Die...' is smart and subtle. The songs here build slowly, capturing a wide spectrum of ideas in its swaying crescendos.
23Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me


20 minutes of energetic post-hardcore. Tons of replay value, and intuitive instrumentation.
22The Devin Townsend Project
Deconstruction


This guy is awesome! Discography is really strong all around. This year he concluded his DTP series, with Deconstruction and Ghost, released on the same day. This album, Deconstruction, is one of the most cluttered, complicated, and chaotic releases this year. Not a moment of rest on this one!
21Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost


A homage in large part to soul, blues, and R&B. Girls wear their influences on their sleeve, and thus present an album highly derivative of the retro records they grew up with. Yet, they are capable of shaping their own style, creating a sense of old-fashioned appreciation that works wonderfully between the vocals of Chris Owens and Chet White's ideal percussion.
20Kendrick Lamar
Section 80


Strong flow and a lot of nice production parts. Great lyrics, albeit the frequent Kanye-isms.
19Yuck
Yuck


yuck's debut seems to me to have a ton of potential. "Suicide Policeman" is a kickass track, and I can't wait to see what these guys will make in the future.
18The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


The complete Color Spectrum is sprawling, massive, long, and honestly close to impossible to finish in one sitting. However, it's all worth it in the end. There are some excellent tracks on here, and obviously some duds. More a 36 song album, its quality does tend to remain fairly consistent.
17Panda Bear
Tomboy


One of Animal Collective's co-leaders, Noah Lennox, is Panda Bear. His solo album Tomboy sounds like mostly all of his contributions to AC; very trippy, lyrical, and dense. Panda has a good voice.
16Bjork
Biophilia


For some reason or another, I expected this to be a "masterpiece" of sorts. I had hyped it up so much to the point where if it was anything less than perfect, I'd be disappointed. This kinda happened. Nevertheless, it's still quite a well-done album, and its very enjoyable if your expectations aren't sky-high.
15Radiohead
The King Of Limbs


There's tons of debate over how boring, overhyped and shitty this is, but its really not that bad at all. Sure, it isn't In Rainbows or Kid A, but give Radiohead a break! There are moments on this album that border on dubstep, and others that feature those typically cryptic Yorke lyrics that people make blogs about to discuss aimlessly.
14Danny Brown
XXX


Underground rap at its purest. Danny Brown has a really high-pitched voice that isn't for everyone, but its definitely a lot better than the monotonous sea of weed-rap that teenagers nowadays seem to worship.
13Destroyer
Kaputt


Uber cheesy, in a VERY good way. Takes all the corn and cheese of the 80s and makes something really lovable out of it. Expect a lot of synths and pedophile-esque whisper-singing.
12Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


HIPSTURRR. Quality. Vocals kick ass. The closing track pisses me off though; uber cheesy and not in a good way. The other nine tracks range from good to great. I dig.
11Glassjaw
Coloring Book


I played this so much when I first got it. Almost as addictive as all the drugs that Daryl Palumbo doesn't do. Also, Daytona White is beautiful.
10Bomb The Music Industry!
Vacation


This band kicks ass, and this album was free, and free is a great price, and it has great lyrics, and its really fun and skatastic.
9James Blake
James Blake


"not all dubstep is bAd, guise!!!11!!" Seriously though, this is really cool and inventive and yadda yadda yadda.
8PJ Harvey
Let England Shake


PJ Harvey has grown a lot since Rid Of Me. She's diminished the raunchy, sex-driven attitude prevalent on her early albums, and replaced it with an acute sensibility of music with a uniquely stylistic flair. Let England Shake shows what could arguably be described as PJ Harvey's major transition into maturity.
7La Dispute
Wildlife


It's not as good as their first album, but at least Jordan Dreyer's vocals are a little less melodramatic...Just a little, that is. The band is more prominent on this album, with the same ultra-poetic lyrics we've come to expect. The vocals on King Park are astonishing.
6Battles
Gloss Drop


Inventive, creative; highly interesting math-rock. the time signature changes, man! my god!
5Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues


White people LOVE this album. Yet, as much as I want to hate this, I can't; it's a great release. The Shrine/An Argument and Montezuma impress me every listen.
4Shabazz Palaces
Black Up


Trippy, atmospheric, entertaining and complicated; Shabazz Palaces deliver consistently excellent verses one after another with some of the best beats and rhythmic flow on any album this year.
3St. Vincent
Strange Mercy


Annie Clark improves with every album; on Strange Mercy, not only does she show enhanced songwriting abilities but also an improved sense of style, production and musicality.
2Death Grips
Exmilitary


Utterly abrasive and harrowing, Exmilitary is built around merciless howls and unrelenting percussive beats. It exemplifies the feelings of anger and lust in unequivocal ways.
1Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges


Being one of the most unique, original and totally mindblowing albums I've heard this year, I'd be hard-pressed not to to include this somewhere in the top 5. Its amazing on biblical proportions. Literally, the occasional vocals on this album with the dramatic backing are reminiscent of a sermon from some sort of God.
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