Retrospective: the best albums of 2011

2011 has come and gone, but with it, it has brought a slew of new tunes. Some were everywhere for your listening enjoyment, and some may have slipped through the cracks. Here are my top picks from almost every aspect of the musical spectrum, in no real order. I hope you check these albums out and enjoy them as much as I did.

Indie/Folk

22. Moving Mountains – Waves

21. Gates – The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home

20. Dolorean – The Unfazed

19. We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit Of The Stomach

18.Funeral Party – The Golden Age of Knowhere

17. Feist – Metals

16. Gotye – Making Mirrors

15. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

14. The Antlers – Burst Apart

13. Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting

12. Little Comets – In Search of Elusive Little Comets

11. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

11. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

10. Rival Schools – Pedals

9. O’Brother – Garden Window

8. Kimbra – Vows

7. Balance & Composure – Separation

6. Polar Bear Club – Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride

5. City & Colour – Little Hell

4. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

3. Small Brown Bike – Fell and Found

2. White Lies – Ritual

1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

 

Post-Hardcore

4. Vanna – And They Came Baring Bones

3. La Dispute – Wildlife

2. Glassjaw – Our Color Green EP

1. Glassjaw – The Coloring Book EP

 

Hardcore

9. Pianos Become The Teeth – The Lack Long After

8. Hands – Give Me Rest

7. Lasting Traces – Old Hearts Break in Isolation

6. Former Thieves – The Language That We Speak

5. Departures – When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted

4. Hundredth – Let Go

3. Title Fight – Title Fight

2. Counterparts – The Current Will Carry Us

1. Defeater – Empty Days and Sleepless Nights

 

Post-Rock

10. Alaskan – Adversity; Woe

9. We Made God – Its Getting Colder

8. …And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs

7. MaybeSheWill – I Was Here For a Moment Then I Was gone

6. *Shels – Plains of the Purple Buffalo

5. Junius – Reports From the Threshold of Death

4. Sleepmakeswaves – …And So, We Destroyed Everything

3. True Widow – As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth

2. Russian Circles – Empros

1. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

 

Electronic

8. Modern Skirts – Gramahawk

7. Million Young – Replicants

6. Memory Tapes – Player Piano

5. Little Dragon – Ritual Union

4. Crosses – EP

3. Friendly Fires – Pala

2. Cut Copy – Zonoscope

1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

 

Metal

10. The Atlas Moth – The Ache For The Distance

9. Red Fang – Murder The Mountains

8. Structures – Divided By

7. Volumes – Via

6. Jesu – Ascension

5. All Shall Perish – This is Where it Ends

4. Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

3. Mastodon – The Hunter

 

2. White Arms of Athena – Astrodrama

1. The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual

 

Pop-Punk

10. Boys No Good – Never Felt Better

9. State Lines – Hoffman Manor

8. Last Call – Stay On The Outside

7. Basement – I Wish I Could Stay Here

6. Make Do & Mend – Part & Parcel

5. Living With Lions – Holy Shit!

4. The Story So Far – Under Soil and Dirt

3. Transit – Listen and Forgive

2. A Loss For Words – No Sanctuary

1.Stickup Kid – The Sincerest Form of Flattery

CaseyTK

CaseyTK

I love Star Wars probably more than anything else. My second love is music. I have been fortunate to have lived my dream and toured the United States. I have tour managed for Underminded, Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow, Catherine, Dear Life, and Close To Home. I spend my days listening to as much new music as I can and booking shows in my spare time.

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