Favorite Ten Albums of 2011.

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I am appreciative when my musically knowledgeable1 friends post2 their3 “Best Albums of the Year” write ups. I don’t claim to be musically knowledgeable or to have a critically discerning ear for music. I listen to what I like, and friends and NPR’s First Listen are primary filters. So, here, for any that may be mildly interested, without commentary, are the albums that I kept returning to this year, not in order of greatness, but unbiased, alphabetical order.

  • Bon Iver: Bon IverBon Iver's Self-Titled Album Art
  • Devotchka: 100 LoversDevotchka's 100 Lovers Album Art
  • Eddie Vedder: Ukelele SongsEddie Vedder's Ukelele Songs Album Art
  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness BluesFleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues Album Art
  • Givers: In LightGivers' In Light Album Art
  • King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: Diamond MineKing Creosote and Jon Hopkins' Diamond Mine Album Art
  • Marissa Nadler: Marissa NadlerMarissa Nadler's Self Titled Album Art
  • Radiohead: The King of LimbsRadiohead's The King of Limbs Album Art
  • Thao & Mirah: Thao & MirahThao and Mirah's Self-Titled Album Art
  • Wye Oak: CivilianWye Oak's Civilian Album Art

On Spotify? Here’s the playlist.

  1. Apparently private posts on Google+ show a 404 Not Found error for those without access rights. That’s kind of weird and ill-communicative.
  2. Andy’s list is of songs, so it doesn’t really count as a “best albums” list.
  3. Charles wrote a top ten list of albums new to him.

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