This is, by no means, a definitive list of records. Those listed below were obviously not the ‘best’ of 2011, they’re just a few that I enjoyed most, and thought I’d share with Tumblr. Please also take into account- whilst judging me- that I have written this whilst sitting at an airport.
- “South East Facing Wall”- The Smith Street Band Had it not been an EP, it would have been on this list.
- “David Comes to Life”- Fucked Up Outstanding on every level, but I felt that I listened to it too late in the year to call it a favourite.
- “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”- Girls A ‘Top Eleven’ list just sounds awkward.
AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU…
10. “Take Care”- Drake I never thought I’d see the day, but my love for Drake has gone far beyond irony. Take Care is introspective and surprisingly thought-provoking, with quality production to match.
Recommended: Marvin’s Room
9. “Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing”- The Wonder Years Completely relatable, and incredibly catchy. It is unashamedly pop punk and, for that, it has a special place in my heart.
Recommended: Came Out Swingin’
8. “Watch the Throne”- The Throne Big, bold and boastful. But what else would you expect? If you can look past that, you’ll find it’s a damn fine album.
Recommended: No Church in the Wild
7. “Nostalgia, Ultra”- Frank Ocean 'Nostalgia, Ultra' seems a fitting title for this mixtape, which weaves familiar samples into fresh tunes, to create a surprisingly evocative record.
6. “Shed”- Title Fight It sounds cliched to say that a band has matured, but Shed shows enormous development: Both slower, and yet heavier, than before, this record is a more diverse and, ultimately, more enduring record.
Recommended: Where Am I?
5. “Days”- Real Estate It may not have been the year’s most groundbreaking record, but Real Estate have crafted a handful of perfect pop melodies. And made it appear almost effortless.
Recommended: It’s Real
4. “Separation”- Balance and Composure Full of energy and emotion, yet still clever and composed. It’s one of those records that grows, with each listen.
Recommended: I Tore You Apart in My Head
3. “Royal Headache”- Royal Headache Disputably garage punk; disputably pop; undisputably catchy. The best thing to come out of Sydney.
Recommended: Never Again
2. “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”- M83 From it’s soaring synths, to it’s more introspective moments, this record is stunning. And almost impossible to describe without using the word ‘epic’.
1. “Bon Iver”- Bon Iver If ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ reflected Justin Vernon’s solitary retreat to the woods, its follow-up sounds like a journey out of isolation. No longer Vernon’s solo project, this record is an ensemble effort- and it becomes clearer with each listen. More layered, more diverse and more ambitious than it’s predecessor, ‘Bon Iver’ is a perfect progression.
"I realized that throughout the course of the evening, I wasn’t happy about Craig and Sam breaking up. Not at all… All I cared about was the fact that Sam got really hurt. And I guess I realised at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn’t matter."