TSM’s Top Albums of 2011

A few days late, but here’s the list of TSM’s top 25 albums of 2011. Take the jump to see the rest of the list. It’s worth mentioning that about half the albums on this list were at the number one spot on my list at some point in time. Also, I neglected to listen to the M83 album…I know, I know. Check out tracks on the YouTube playlist here or on Spotify.

01. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – It’s a Corporate World | DEJJ’s debut full length twists and turns through its tracks perfectly exemplifying their rich, sonic sound throughout. Corporate World is a non-stop, well-balanced introduction to this new(ish) duo’s harmonic style. Listen: “Morning Thought”
02.Tycho – Dive| Scott Hansen’s music sounds just like his artwork looks. Listen: “Daydream”, “Coastal Break”

03. Bon Iver – Bon Iver | This album is amazing from start to finish. Plain and simple. “Holocene” may be one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard. Listen: “Holocene”

04. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? | The Vaccines describe their influences as “’50s rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s garage and girl groups, ’70s punk, ’80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music”. The easy comparison upon first listen is to The Ramones, but lead singer Justin Young offers a lot more range and the album has solid production (cheers Scutt). Listen: “Wetsuit”

05. Cut Copy – Zonoscope | The Aussies have done it even better than In Ghost Colours on this summery head-nod fest of an album. Listen: “Need You Now”

06. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up | Holy sh*t! This hip-hop collective explore multiple different areas – even within the same song – throughout an album that’s perfect for good headphones. Listen: “An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum”

07. Hooray For Earth – True Loves | This album blew me away when I first heard it. “Black Trees” is definitely one of the best songs of the year. Listen: “Black Trees”

08. Panda Bear – Tomboy | Animal Collective member puts out a heavily textured avant-garde album that tops his previous Person Pitch. Listen: “Last Night At The Jetty”

09. My Morning Jacket – Circuital | This band does amazing things, and this album is one of them. Listen: “Cicuital”

10. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L | Merrill Garbus mixes Keller Williams loop styled drumlines, Afro-beat, and saxophones. Listen: “Bizness”

11. Akron/Family – S/T II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT | Rocking psychedelic album along the lines of studio Phish. Listen: “So It Goes”

12. Black Keys – El Camino | See below description of King of Limbs. Listen: “Lonely Boy”

13. Starfucker – Reptilians | Sophomore Full Length that sounds like Neon Indian + MGMT. Listen: “Bury Us Alive”

14. Reptar – Oblange Fizz Y’all | These jammers from Athens burst on the scene this year…here’s to hoping for more from them soon. Listen: “Blast Off”

15. Jet Horns – Onward Space Hologram | Jon Von Letscher and his laptop mix fast paced vocals with electronic / tropical music. Listen: “Jungle Hit Machete”

16. Little Dragon – Ritual Union |Looks for more from this Swedish group’s frontwoman Yukimi Nagano in 2012. Listen: “Ritual Union”

17. Cults – Cults | Madeline Follin’s vocals shine on this debut. Listen: “Go Outside”

18. Washed Out – Within and Without | Georgia chillwave never sounded so good. Listen: “Eyes Be Closed”

19. Radiohead – King of Limbs | This album may not live up to Radiohead’s standards, but then again, no albums do. This album is still characteristic Radiohead and still awesome. Listen: “Lotus Flower”

20. Megafaun – Megafaun |Local folk-stars release their 4th album in as many years. Listen: “Real Slow”

21. The Roots – Undun | ?uestlove and company continue to crank out solid albums with this latest that includes appearances fromBig K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw. Listen: “Lighthouse”

22. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient | Expect big things from these Americana rockers in the coming years. Listen: “Baby Missiles”

23. Various Artists – We’ll Never Stop Living This Way: A Ghostly Primer | OK, this album came out in December 2010, but whatever. Ghostly International packs this double album full of ambient and complex tracks from Tycho, Matthew Dear, Lusine, Com Truise, and more. Listen: Outputmessage – “Bernard’s Song”, Lusine – “Double Vision”, JDSY – “Horizon Line”

24. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy | Polyphonic Spree alumna releases an album with sometimes dark, yet catchy songs. Listen: “Cruel”

25. Phantogram – Nightlife EP | 6 song follow Up to 2009’s spectacular Eyelid Movies. Listen: “Don’t Move”

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~ by johnnyjay on January 5, 2012.

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