Best of 2011: Albums
5. (M83) Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming - A sprawling double album where the title really does say it all.
4. (Bon Iver) Bon Iver - A hauntingly beautiful record full of both imagined places and eerie memories.
3. (James Blake) James Blake - Label it post-dubstep or neo-soul, James Blake defied genre boundaries to craft an unforgettable piece of music.
2. (The Weeknd) House of Balloons - Mysterious, smoky, soulful and downright sexy. Forget Odd Future, 2011 belonged to The Weeknd.
1. (The Horrors) Skying - Bringing in a variety of influences, the Horrors recorded their most diverse, and perhaps their best, record to date.
I didn’t follow new music all that much this year. Blasphemy, I know! The only entire album I heard from this list was Bon Iver. While I liked and enjoyed this album, I am surprised it made a Top 5 list, let alone any sort of year end list. This isn’t to say this list isn’t completely accurate. I’m just sort of saying if Bon Iver was the 4th best album of the year, then I picked a good year delve into other interests, because I didn’t miss much.
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