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Chambered's Top 40 Albums Of 2011

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Although it doesn't strike as much of an emotional chord as their opus, Things We Lost in The Fire, C'mon is still most likely the slowcore album of the year. At times too non-chalant for its own good, Low still show they are true masters of their craft, providing a height of melancholia only found in one of their albums.
39Giles Corey
Giles Corey

It loses steam here and there, and the execution doesn't quite live up to the concept, yet Giles Corey is an album to cherish. Apocolyptic folk that is at times stunningly beautiful and gloriously immense.

Basically the album you and your friends would have made back in 1995, in your garage, if you and your friends were actually good at writing songs. Closer "Rubber" is amazing.
37Pygmy Lush
Old Friends

A subdued indie-rock album that never wavers from being pretty and hard-hitting.
36Demdike Stare

An unwavering, truly ghastly mission.
35Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

It doesn't touch For Emma, simply because, well, not only is it unfair to compare them, but For Emma just screamed desolation. Bon Iver is the sun-drenched plateaus to For Emma's haunting, winter woods.
Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

It's Raekwon. It's solid. It's in the top 40.
33Bomb the Music Industry!

Consistently interesting with great lyrics to boot, Vacation sweeps from one emotion to another in an instant.
32Crash of Rhinos

2011's "The Little Hardcore Album that Could".
31A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Predictably beautiful.
30Tyler, The Creator

This is actually probably my most played record in 2011. While time has made it lose some of its charm, Goblin is still fun as hell.
Without Circumference Nor Center

You won't fight a more pummeling black metal release all year. Shrouded in mystery and intensity, Without Circumference... dazzles with layers of noise and furious rhythms.
Native Speaker

I pretty much lose a little piece of my mind everytime I put this on. I mean that in the best way possible.
27Big K.R.I.T.

if the first half was as good as the soulful 2nd, this could have very well been number 1. "The Vent" is absolutely magnificent.

I don't know if it's the crystal-clear production or the fact that these songs are too short to get tired of, Dedication is pure electronica bliss.
25The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient

Aptly titled Slave Ambient keeps you in its seduction of americana masked by layers of gorgeous sound. One of the most colorful and vibrant rock albums of the year.
24Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies

Just look at that album cover, boom top 40. But really, an excellent, chaotic and interesting jam-out.
23Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges

Unconditional love for your instrument is never a bad thing. Especially if it's a saxophone.
22Real Estate

if "It's real" isn't enough of a reason to put this on the list, I don't know what is. Sunny, free, and hopelessly sad.
21Cymbals Eat Guitars
Lenses Alien

Even though I've been waiting their followup to Why There Are Mountains since it was released, Lenses Alien still feels like a dark horse. Regardless, it's unsurprisingly fantastic.
20Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

While the title track has been floating around for what seems like forever, it was difficult to expect the entire album to live up to it. Boy does it ever. Fleet Foxes take their somewhat lifeless folk-y style of past releases and bloom it into a wonderous (and honest) record filled with climaxes and poignant lyrics. Their best album to date.
19The Men
Leave Home

Building upon last year's Immaculada, Leave Home is The Men finally coming into their own, striking a perfect balance between their cerebral noise-punk and near flawless songwriting.
18Pulling Teeth

While a lot of negative attention has been aimed at Funerary for being too short, too much left to be desired, it's still quite a feat to find a harder punch to the face in 2011 than Pulling Teeth's forecful, hardcore assault.
The Sum of All Fossils

While it's certainly not the heaviest album of the year. death metal outfit Flourishing are somewhat of a revolutionary, combining Godflesh-like industrial with a hint of death and even some dissonant noise rock. This sounds like a juxtaposition made from hell, and maybe it is. Either way, it's always interesting, always exciting, and always fresh.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

My first forray into M83's stuff, and it won't be my last. Sweet as candy, catchy as hell, innocent pop that sparkles the nerve endings and simply puts a smile on your face.
15The Weeknd
House Of Balloons

An R&B album not concerned with the hedonistic lifestyle, but instead shows it for what it really is - a cancer.
14Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter One - Gens de couleur libres

A truly frieghtening and real experience.
13Laura Stevenson And The Cans
Sit Resist

Variety galore, both in sound and songwriting, Laura's sultry and tender vocals cut through with some of the most honest lyrics of this decade.

It's still fascinating. A debut from nowhere that slows everything down, a Broken Social Scene-inspired, drowsy adventure. Light up that spliff and float down stream.
New Brigade

Punx all up in this bitch, a punch to the face until Iceage is sure your nose is broken, If not, well, better defend yourself.
10Dirty Beaches

An ode to 50's rockabilly that simply crushes it into oblivion. Badlands is the sound of a man giving in, of knowing that it's over yet still retaining some of those seemingly lost memories and making them the one thing to believe in before everything goes underground. Superb.
Like Shadows

Don't blink, because you'll most likely miss the lightning strike that is easily the best skramz of the year.
8Wild Beasts

As beautiful as it is eerie, Smother is an exercise in intricate beauty. Being subtle never sounded so vivid.
7James Blake
James Blake

It feels more of a mammoth than it probably is, thanks to its silence eating away at all the gorgeous electronica here. An album for people in a fog, and one of 2011's best.
6Baton Rouge
Fragments D'eux Memes

I can't say enough about this one, the more focused side project from screamo outfit Daitro. So I'll just say this: Fragments is tank-solid, unforgiving, hard hitting punk rock.
5Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972

if there was ever a musical piece that perfectly defines this undefinable generation, it would most likely be this.
4Shabazz Palaces
Black Up

A rebirth of sorts for the MC, in a time where swag is all the flavor, this out-of-this-world hip-hop party is only concerned with warping your mind. Better clear some space out.
The King Of Limbs

The most subtle, difficult to pin down Radiohead album yet, and one that brings the band crashing down to earth in a gloriously unglorious fashion.
2Jenny Hval

I've never heard anything like it and to this day, my aw usually stays on the floor while listening. not because of the completely unregarded sexual and mangled lyricism, but because Hval has crated something here unlike anything I've ever heard. So very visceral.
1Wu Lyf
Go tell fire To The Mountain

Much like the indecipherable lyrics, 2011 has been quite the blurry year, in terms of the state of things and the music that's been coming out. Regardless, Go Tell Fire... absolutely soars, drums thundering, melodies peaking over the horizon. An album that feels like a turbulent moment in time, gone as fast as it came, but when it's here, when it's stuck in the present, it rattles the soul.
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