Best albums of '11!

A Listmania! list by Polar Bear
 
Dye It Blonde
1.  Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns
The list author says:
  "Breakout album from the Smith Westerns deserves every ounce of hype its been getting as they've already, at such a young age, perfected their sound."
$11.99   Used & New from: $1.70
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Burst Apart
2.  Burst Apart by The Antlers
The list author says:
  "One of the best vocal performances I've heard in a while and a gorgeous album overall."
$10.79   Used & New from: $2.78
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
3.  S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT by Akron/Family
The list author says:
  "Maybe the perfect summer album as this one breathes long days on the coast and warm gentle nights. For such an experimental band, their sound is immediately inviting and comforting."
$9.99   Used & New from: $4.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Belong
4.  Belong by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The list author says:
  "With a sound reminiscent of 90s indie and shoegaze, these songs aim for the heart and usually hit their mark."
$10.99   Used & New from: $3.03
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Tomboy
5.  Tomboy by Panda Bear
The list author says:
  "More of a follow-up to Post Merriweather Pavilion than to Panda's last solo masterpiece. Heavily dream-like and beautiful even when it's sloppy."
$11.99   Used & New from: $2.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

All Eternals Deck
6.  All Eternals Deck by Mountain Goats
The list author says:
  "Something of a culmination of his last two albums as it showcases much of their stronger qualities blended together in a cohesive work."
$12.99   Used & New from: $3.14
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
7.  Take Care, Take Care, Take Care by Explosions in the Sky
The list author says:
  "Flying in the face of the all too common belief that post-rock bands are rapidly fading, this may just be Explosions' best work as there is much more going on than the cliched quiet-loud-quiet dynamic."
$11.99   Used & New from: $4.77
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Wasting Light
8.  Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
The list author says:
  "I wasn't expecting too much from the latest from the Foo Fighters having been largely disapointed with their recent output but I've found myself constantly playing this one and having most of the songs pleasantly stuck in my head."
$11.62   Used & New from: $3.77
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Violet Cries
9.  Violet Cries by Esben and the Witch
The list author says:
  "One of the better bands in the goth/darkwave revival. Easy to write off on initial listens but spend time with it and it grows on you and haunts you."
$14.37   Used & New from: $0.73
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Gathering
10.  The Gathering by Arbouretum
The list author says:
  "Once was another folk band trying to garner people's hard-earned attention, now a folk metal band with a powerful sound that is turning plenty of heads."
$16.57   Used & New from: $4.41
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

New History Warfare 2: Judges
11.  New History Warfare 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
The list author says:
  "May be on its way to being considered a classic in the post-rock genre as Stetson explores a tremendous amount of ground and emotion with just about only an alto sax. Incredible."
$15.37   Used & New from: $4.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Kaputt
12.  Kaputt by Destroyer
The list author says:
  "Dan Bejar's masterpiece, a tremendous album that resonates more profoundly than almost anything else I've heard this year or any year, for that matter."
$11.99   Used & New from: $5.67
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

No Color
13.  No Color by The Dodos
The list author says:
  "I didn't see Time to Die as a misstep like many critics did, and No Color finds a comfortable middle ground between that album and their acclaimed Visiter."
$10.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Black Earth
14.  Black Earth by Implodes
The list author says:
  "Brooding ambient album that finds its inspiration in black metal, drone, and shoegaze. Easy album to get lost in on quiet nights."
$17.30   Used & New from: $5.65
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

C'mon
15.  C'mon by Low
The list author says:
  "Maybe the strongest I've yet connected with a Low album. Lush, perfectly produced songs."
$11.99   Used & New from: $4.44
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1
16.  Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1 by Earth
The list author says:
  "While the guitar work is stunning as always, it's the introduction of cello that makes the latest from Earth absolutely beautiful."
$11.99   Used & New from: $6.65
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Dancer Equired
17.  Dancer Equired by Times New Viking
The list author says:
  "A cleaned-up sound proves that TNV's greatest strength was always their song-writing and Dancer Equired contains some of their best."
$10.01   Used & New from: $3.04
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

We Live in Rented Rooms
18.  We Live in Rented Rooms by East River Pipe
The list author says:
  "Very solid batch of songs from the very talented but not quite very prolific songwriter whose music falls somewhere between the Mountains Goats and Modest Mouse, or atleast that what it reminds me of."
$14.31   Used & New from: $4.97
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
19.  Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will by Mogwai
The list author says:
  "Maybe the most energetic and bright Mogwai album yet, and also the most diverse and less riff-oriented. The slight change in direction has produced a pretty great album."
$11.99   Used & New from: $3.70
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Super Great Love
20.  Super Great Love by Evil Madness
The list author says:
  "One of my favorite electronic albums in a while. A collaboration between guys better known for noise and drones that produces relentlessly energetic, adventerous, and fun IDM."
$16.55

Kiss Each Other Clean
21.  Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine
The list author says:
  "Still giving this one some time to fully judge, but it's hard not to wish that Sam Beam would let his voice and lyrics take center stage instead of dedicating so much time to tacked on effects and experimentation."
$9.99   Used & New from: $1.99
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

James Blake
22.  James Blake by James Blake
The list author says:
  "Not hard to see where the hype got started for this guy, with music that combines detailed electronic minimalism with intimate songwriting."
$10.00   Used & New from: $1.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Common Era
23.  Common Era by Belong
$13.99   Used & New from: $9.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Earth Grid
24.  Earth Grid by Zomes
$15.10   Used & New from: $6.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Let England Shake
25.  Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
$10.88   Used & New from: $3.86
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Blood Pressures
26.  Blood Pressures by The Kills
$9.99   Used & New from: $2.83
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Circuital
27.  Circuital by My Morning Jacket
$10.00   Used & New from: $2.74
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

Helplessness Blues
28.  Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
$11.99   Used & New from: $5.34
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Gloss Drop
29.  Gloss Drop by Battles
$10.48   Used & New from: $1.43
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Apocalypse
30.  Apocalypse by Bill Callahan
$14.99   Used & New from: $4.24
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
31.  Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.29
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Goblin
32.  Goblin by Tyler, The Creator
$10.00   Used & New from: $3.36
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Bon Iver
33.  Bon Iver by Bon Iver
$9.65   Used & New from: $4.20
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

The King Is Dead
34.  The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
$10.00   Used & New from: $3.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Eye Contact
35.  Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
$11.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

We Are the Champions
36.  We Are the Champions by Jeff the Brotherhood
$8.99   Used & New from: $3.69
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Outside
37.  Outside by O'Death
$7.99   Used & New from: $2.79
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Demolished Thoughts
38.  Demolished Thoughts by Thurston Moore
$12.99   Used & New from: $3.66
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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