Great Alternative Albums from 2011

A Listmania! list by J. Luiz (Boston, MA)
 
Outside
1.  Outside by Tapes 'n Tapes
The list author says:
  "(Out: 1/1/11) Outstanding album. Standout tracks, for me, are two uptempo, fun songs - "Badaboom" & "Freak Out" -- and also the hauntingly beautiful, "On and On.""
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Valhalla Dancehall
2.  Valhalla Dancehall by British Sea Power
The list author says:
  "(Out 1/10/11)"
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The King Is Dead
3.  The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
The list author says:
  "(Out: 1/18/11) Wonderful range of tunes, from the Springsteen-esque  "Down by the Water" to the Irish rocker "Rox in the Box." As always clever lyrics loaded with all sorts of allusions, historical references."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Kaputt
4.  Kaputt by Destroyer
The list author says:
  "(Out: 1/25/11) Dan Bejar has such an interesting, unique voice. Here his whispery, half-talking, half singing style is set into some beautiful jazz arrangments with lots of intersting sax, trumpet flourishes (and even a pan flute prominently played in  1 song). A great female lead back-up vocalist provides a perfect complement to him. Faves: The title track and "Savage Night at the Opera.""
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Troubles Of The Brain - EP
5.  Troubles Of The Brain - EP by The Veils
The list author says:
  "(Out 1/25/11)"
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Middle Brother
6.  Middle Brother by Middle Brother
The list author says:
  "(Out: 3/1/11) Great songs from the "supergroup" of Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes), Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit), and John McCauley (Deer Tick). All great tunes, I esp. like "Middle Brother," "Million Dollar Bill," and "Me, Me, Me.""
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Departing
7.  Departing by The Rural Alberta Advantage
The list author says:
  "(Out: 3/1/11) Great 2nd album, following up the outstanding "Hometowns." Standout tracks are the uptemp rockers, "Stamp," "Tornado '87," "Muscle Relaxants" and "Barnes Yard," but the slower tempo stuff, "Two Lovers" and "Goodnight" are equally good. Nils Edenloff has a very cool voice, and Amy Cole provides great back-up and occasional counterpoint."
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Angles
8.  Angles by The Strokes
The list author says:
  "(Out: 3/22/11). Music critics weren't entirely kind, but it's a good return to form. "Under Cover of Darkness" and "Taken for a Fool" and "Gratisfaction" sound like classic Strokes tunes. Julian still a very cool singer."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

All Eternals Deck
9.  All Eternals Deck by Mountain Goats
The list author says:
  "(Out 3/29/11)"
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Loverboy
10.  Loverboy by Brett Dennen
The list author says:
  "(Out: 4/12/11) Okay more folk than alt, but a great album. Fantastic voice that he modulates in lots of interesting ways, clever lyrics, lots of interesting tempo shifts. Faves: "Make you fall in love with me" & "Little Cosmic Girl," but all tracks standouts."
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All At Once (Amazon MP3 Deluxe Exclusive Version) [+Video] [+Digital Booklet]
11.  All At Once (Amazon MP3 Deluxe Exclusive Version) [+Video] [+Digital Booklet] by The Airborne Toxic Event
The list author says:
  "(Out 4/26/11)"
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Helplessness Blues
12.  Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
The list author says:
  "(Out: 5/3/11) Beautiful folk music. Robin Pecknold has a fabulous high-pitched voice. It's supported by gorgeous harmonizing and guitar, mandolin & violin work, delivered in that Appalachian style with some contemporary production flourishes. Fave: "Tbe Shrine/An Argument," which keeps shifting mood and tempo to brilliant effect."
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Smother
13.  Smother by Wild Beasts
The list author says:
  "(Out: 5/3/11) Baritone Tom Fleming and tenor, but mostly falsetto-singing Hayden Thorpe, have two of the most interesting voices you could listen to. Bold lyrics and daring love songs are built with lush, synthesizer, guitar and piano accompaniment. Faves: "Reach a Bit Further" that juxtaposes Tom & Hayden's singing in a marvelous way, and "Loop the Loop" about the difficulties of forgiving."
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Life Fantastic
14.  Life Fantastic by Man Man
The list author says:
  "(Out 5/10/11)"
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I Am Very Far
15.  I Am Very Far by Okkervil River
The list author says:
  "(Out 5/10/11)"
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Rise Ye Sunken Ships [+digital booklet]
16.  Rise Ye Sunken Ships [+digital booklet] by We Are Augustines
The list author says:
  "(Out 6/6/11) After the band Pelas broke up, two members stayed together to form this group. Lead singer Billy McCarthy has a great, great voice and he sings with incredible passion. Several songs here are based on the tragic life and death of his schizophrenic brother, James. Incredibly moving stuff that's great to listen to."
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Suck It and See
17.  Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys
The list author says:
  "(Out: 6/7/2011) Not the hard-rushing, punk-edged tunes of their early days getting disrepected at Manchester night clubs, nor the grating, tempo-shifting stuff of Humbug. Just some great love songs with Alex's typical clever lyrics. Faves include: "Hellcat Spangled Shalala," "Reckless Serenade" and "That's Where You're Wrong.""
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Nothing Is Wrong
18.  Nothing Is Wrong by Dawes
The list author says:
  "(Out 6/7/11, Ato Records)"
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lenses alien
19.  lenses alien by Cymbals Eat Guitars
The list author says:
  "(Out: 8/30/11) Very different style -- no chorus with hook then verse song structure. Densely packed lyrics like Craig Finn of Hold Steady. Just amazing, mind-bending stuff when you're in the mood for something different. Joseph D'Agostino has a cool voice."
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American Goldwing
20.  American Goldwing by Blitzen Trapper
The list author says:
  "(Out: 9/13/11) From country to hard-rocker, such a a mix of styles. Eric Earley is such a talent, and his bandmates back him expertly. Like the others here, they are a great live show show, too. Just sample "Love the Way You Walk Away" and you'll be eager for more."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Hysterical
21.  Hysterical by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The list author says:
  "(Out: 9/20/11) One great song after the next. Love the upbeat stuff like "Maniac" and "Hysterical" but the slower tempo tunes like "In a Motel" are great and the 7-plus minute "Adam's Plane" is a mini-epic. (Just wished they'd offer lyrics, Alec's vocals often hard to understand!)"
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An Appointment With Mr. Yeats
22.  An Appointment With Mr. Yeats by The Waterboys
The list author says:
  "(Out 9/27/11)"
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In The Pit Of The Stomach
23.  In The Pit Of The Stomach by We Were Promised Jetpacks
The list author says:
  "(Out: 10/4/11) A great album from this Scottish post-punk band. Great hard-rocking tunes, like "Circles and Squares," "Through the Dirt and the Gravel" with insightful, literate lyrics, and then some great work when they slow things down a bit, like "Pear Tree." Adam Thompson has a great voice, and not so heavily accented that it would be hard (for an American like me) to make out the lyrics."
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Divine Providence
24.  Divine Providence by Deer Tick
The list author says:
  "(Out: 10/24/11) Band tries to create the raucous atmosphere of their live shows and they do with songs like "Let's All Go to the Bar" and "Mr. Bump," but there are also a few, sweet slower songs like "Miss K" and "Love is a Funny Word." Big surprise is how great drummer Dennis sounds on "Clownin' Around" and Ian's 2 songs are nice & bluesy."
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Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz
25.  Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz by Radio Moscow
The list author says:
  "(Out: 10/11/11) Much as I admire Hendrix, heavy blues guitar in the 70s psychedlic style isn't normally my top preference but there's something very infectious about the sound these guys put out. It'll get your adrenaline pumping."
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Long Live the King
26.  Long Live the King by The Decemberists
The list author says:
  "EP (Out: 11/1/11) A great follow-up EP to the King is Dead."
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El Camino
27.  El Camino by The Black Keys
The list author says:
  "(Out: 12/6/11) Different from Brothers -- a little less bluesy, less falsetto singing from Dan (which I liked), but a great album in its own right. Standout tracks for me: "Dead and Gone," "Run Right Back," "Hell of a Season" and "Nova Baby," but they're all good!"
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