Thursday, December 29, 2011

The year in music: top 50 albums

Posted By on 12.29.11 at 01:00 PM

Danny Brown
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In keeping with a relatively new tradition I established myself, my contribution to the Reader's year-end issue collects a few of my favorite happenings in the music world in 2011, not however many of my favorite albums. This is partly just to do something different with the year-end list and partly because I don't enjoy the process of ranking and sorting records the way that a lot of other critics seem to. But I do like a lot of records that came out this year, and after the jump you can find 50 of my favorites, in no particular order.

The Weeknd: House of Balloons
Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne
Danny Brown: XXX
Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestial Lineage
EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints
Clams Casino: Clams Casino Instrumental Mixtape
Liturgy: Aesthethica
The Dirtbombs: Party Store
SBTRKT: SBTRKT
Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra
ASAP Rocky: Live, Love, ASAP
Terius Nash: 1977
Iceage: New Brigade
Total Control: Henge Beat
Shabazz Palaces: Black Up
The Black Lips: Arabia Mountain
Disappears: Guider
Bloodiest: Descent
Fucked Up: David Comes to Life
Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame: Ferrari Boyz
Thee Oh Sees: Castlemania
Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo
Drake: Take Care
Yuck: Yuck
James Pants: James Pants
Smith Westerns: Dye it Blonde
Mikal Cronin: Mikal Cronin
Balam Acab: Wander / Wonder
Africa Hitech: 93 Million Miles
Beyonce: 4
Mickey: Rock 'n' Roll Dreamer
John Maus: We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Indian: Guiltless
Justice: Audio, Video, Disco
Austra: Feel It Break
Death Grips: Exmilitary
Nikki Lynette: Roses N' Guns 2: The Badder Assed Mixtape That Rocks
Ssion: Bent
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX: We're New Here
The Horrors: Skying
Tune-Yards: Whokill
Hunx & His Punx: Too Young to Be in Love
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
Cass McCombs: Wit's End
Soulja Boy: Bernard Arnault
Fuck the Facts: Die Miserable
Heavy Times: Jacker
Wax Idols: No Future
The Raveonettes: Raven in the Grave

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