TOP 52 ALBUMS OF 2011

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8 jan. 2012, 23h01m

1YRON was born out of the notion of reviewing records exactly one year after their initial release date. This alternative to reviewing a record as and when it is released is an attempt to understand a record better within the context of its fairly recent absorption into mainstream or underground consciousness. For the past seven months 1YRON has focused on reviewing some of 2010's best records. With 2011 drawing to a close and with 2012 just around the corner, it's almost time to focus again on 2011's releases. Over the next year 1YRON will continue to review records on their first birthdays, the majority of which will feature in this list.

There's never much sense or clarity when putting together end of year lists because individual opinion ultimately rules over structure and ordering in such instances. However, we all feel compelled to at least attempt them. As usual, 2011 was a brilliant year for music in a similar vein to 2010 and, as usual, things come together quite remarkably in the final month or two before such lists are compiled. The months of aimless wandering and strange curiosity suddenly acquire clarity and this helps greatly in defining each individual's attitudes towards the year's releases in general. Now that these records have coalesced, it's perhaps worth noting that there really isn't a bad record here. They are all great in their own unique ways and so please refrain from being offended if your favourite is lower than expected. Before the reveal, there's a quick shout out to some great records that didn't quite make the mark.



A Winged Victory for the Sullen / A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Baths / Pop Music/False B-Sides
Cant / Dreams Come True
The Coathangers / Larceny & Old Lace
The Strokes / Angles
David Lynch / Crazy Clown Time
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart / Belong
Ty Segall / Goodbye Bread




#52 // Yuck / Yuck


Highlights // Get Away / The Wall / Suicide Policeman



#51 // Panda Bear / Tomboy


Highlights // Tomboy / Surfer's Hymn / Last Night at the Jetty / Scheherezade



#50 // TV on the Radio / Nine Types of Light


Highlights // Second Song / No Future Shock / New Cannonball Blues / Caffeinated Consciousness



#49 // Snowman / Absence


Highlights // Snakes & Ladders / Hyena / A / A Vanishing Act



#48 // Hercules and Love Affair / Blue Songs


Highlights // Painted Eyes / Leonora / Blue Boy / I Can't Wait


#47 // Bombay Bicycle Club / A Different Kind of Fix


Highlights // Your Eyes / Lights Out, Words Gone / Take the Right One / Shuffle / Beggars / Leave It



#46 // Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Highlights // FFunny Ffrends / Bicycle / Thought Ballune / How Can You Luv Me / Nerve Damage! / Little Blue House



#45 // Holy Ghost! / Holy Ghost!


Highlights // Do It Again / Hold My Breath / Say My Name / Jam for Jerry / Hold On



#44 // Iron & Wine / Kiss Each Other Clean


Highlights // Me and Lazarus / Monkeys Uptown / Half Moon / Glad Man Singing



#43 // The Weeknd / House of Balloons


Highlights // What You Need / House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls / The Morning / Coming Down / Loft Music



#42 // Wye Oak / Civilian


Highlights // Two Small Deaths / The Altar / Civilian / Fish / Plains



#41 // Smith Westerns / Dye It Blonde


Highlights // Weekend / Still New / All Die Young / End Of The Night



#40 // Junior Boys / It's All True


Highlights // Playtime / You'll Improve Me / A Truly Happy Ending / Second Chance / ep / Banana Ripple



#39 // The Horrors / Skying


Highlights // You Said / I Can See Through You / Endless Blue / Wild Eyed / Moving Further Away



#38 // Tori Amos / Night of Hunters


Highlights // Shattering Sea / Battle of Trees / Fearlessness / Cactus Practice / Star Whisperer / Job's Coffin / Carry



#37 // M83 / Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


Highlights // Midnight City / Reunion / New Map / Steve McQueen




#36 // SBTRKT / SBTRKT


Highlights // Heatwave / Hold On / Trials of the Past / Right Thing to Do / Pharaohs / Ready Set Loop / Never Never



#35 // Austra / Feel It Break


Highlights // Darken Her Horse / Lose It / Beat and the Pulse / Spellwork / The Choke / Hate Crime / Shoot the Water



#34 // Laura Marling / A Creature I Don't Know


Highlights // I Was Just a Card / The Beast / Night After Night / Sophia / All My Rage



#33 // Julianna Barwick / The Magic Place


Highlights // Envelop / Cloak / White Flag / Vow / Prizewinning



#32 // Atlas Sound / Parallax


Highlights // The Shakes / Te Amo / Modern Aquatic Nightsongs / Doldrums / Terra Incognita / Lightworks



#31 // The Field / Looping State of Mind


Highlights // Is This Power / It's Up There / Burned Out / Arpeggiated Love / Then It's White



#30 // Tom Waits / Bad as Me


Highlights // Chicago / Talking at the Same Time / Get Lost / Face to the Highway / Pay Me / Bad As Me / Kiss Me / Hell Broke Luce



#29 // Battles / Gloss Drop


Highlights // Africastle / IceCream / Futura / My Machines / Sweetie & Shag



#28 // Radiohead / The King of Limbs


Highlights // Bloom / Little by Little / Lotus Flower / Codex / Separator



#27 // Beirut / The Rip Tide


Highlights // A Candle's Fire / Sante Fe / Goshen / The Rip Tide / Vagabond / The Peacock / Port of Call



#26 // Björk / Biophilia


Highlights // Moon / Thunderbolt / Hollow / Virus / Sacrifice / Mutual Core / Solstice



#25 // Real Estate / Days


Highlights // Easy / Green Aisles / It's Real / Kinder Blumen / Municipality / Wonder Years



#24 // Neon Indian / Era Extraña


Highlights // Polish Girl / The Blindside Kiss / Fallout / Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow) / Suns Irrupt / Arcade Blues



#23 // Oneohtrix Point Never / Replica


Highlights // Andro / Sleep Dealer / Remember / Replica / Nassau / Up



#22 // Feist / Metals


Highlights // Graveyard / Caught a Long Wind / Anti-Pioneer / Cicadas And Gulls / Comfort Me / Get It Wrong, Get It Right




#21 // The Decemberists / The King Is Dead


Highlights // Calamity Song / Rox In The Box / January Hymn / June Hymn / This Is Why We Fight / Dear Avery



#20 // tUnE-yArDs / w h o k i l l


Highlights // My Country / Gangsta / Powa / Bizness / You Yes You



#19 // Girls / Father, Son, Holy Ghost


Highlights // Alex / Saying I Love You / Vomit / Just A Song / Magic / Forgiveness



#18 // Bill Callahan / Apocalypse


Highlights // Driver / Baby's Breath / America! / Universal Applicant / Riding For the Feeling



#17 // Zomby / Dedication


Highlights // Natalia's Song / Riding With Death / Things Fall Apart / Lucifer / Digital Rain / A Devil Lay Here



#16 // Tiger & Woods / Through The Green


Highlights // Dr. Burner / Time / Kissmetellme / Curb My Heart / El Dickital / Gin Nation



#15 // James Blake / James Blake


Highlights // The Willhelm Scream / Lindisfarne II / To Care (Like You) / I Mind / Measurements



#14 // Cut Copy / Zonoscope


Highlights // Need You Now / Take Me Over / Pharaohs & Pyramids / Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution / Corner of the Sky / Sun God



#13 // Nicolas Jaar / Space Is Only Noise


Highlights // Colomb / Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust / Keep Me There / I Got a Woman / Problems With the Sun / Space Is Only Noise If You Can See / Variations


#12 // The Antlers / Burst Apart


Highlights // I Don't Want Love / French Exit / No Widows / Rolled Together / Tiptoe / Hounds / Coriscana



#11 // The War on Drugs / Slave Ambient


Highlights // Best Night / Brothers / I Was There / Your Love Is Calling My Name / Come to the City / Baby Missiles / Original Slave



#10 // St. Vincent / Strange Mercy


Highlights // Cruel / Cheerleader / Surgeon / Northern Lights / Strange Mercy / Dilettante



#9 // Fleet Foxes / Helplessness Blues


Highlights // Montezuma / Bedouin Dress / Sim Sala Bim / The Plains / Bitter Dancer / Someone You'd Admire / Grown Ocean



#8 // Wild Beasts / Smother


Highlights // Lion's Share / Deeper / Loop the Loop / Plaything / Invisible / Burning



#7 // Kurt Vile / Smoke Ring for My Halo


Highlights // Baby's Arms / Jesus Fever / Society Is My Friend / Runner Ups / Peeping Tomboy



#6 // Gang Gang Dance / Eye Contact


Highlights // Glass Jar / Chinese High / Mindkilla / Romance Layers / Sacer / Thru and Thru



#5 // Bon Iver / Bon Iver


Highlights // Perth / Minnesota, WI / Holocene / Towers / Hinnom, TX / Wash. / Calgary / Beth/Rest



#4 // Kate Bush / 50 Words for Snow


Highlights // Snowflake / Lake Tahoe / Misty / Wild Man / 50 Words for Snow / Among Angels



#3 // Tim Hecker / Ravedeath, 1972


Highlights // The Piano Drop / In the Fog: I / No Drums / Hatred of Music I / Hatred of Music: II / In the Air: I / In the Air: III



#2 // Destroyer / Kaputt


Highlights // Chinatown / Blue Eyes / Savage Night At The Opera / Suicide Demo for Kara Walker / Poor In Love / Kaputt / Song For America / Bay Of Pigs



#1 // PJ Harvey / Let England Shake


Highlights // Let England Shake / The Last Living Rose / The Glorious Land / The Words That Maketh Murder / All and Everyone / On Battleship Hill / England / In the Dark Places / Bitter Branches / Hanging in the Wire / Written on the Forehead

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