The list author says: "2011 was another great year for music. I love to view the quality of music of a given year by the artists not included in my best of...this year some of those artists are: Fleet Foxes, Radiohead, Okkervil River, Ron Sexsmith, Mason Jennings, Paul Simon and Peter, Bjorn and John. It must be a good year if I love all the other albums on this list more than theirs. Well, onto the list."
"They top my list again for the second time in 3 years. I say this after every album they release, but this may be the best album they've ever recorded. As flawless as albums get. Noboby is writing better songs today than Colin Meloy."
"There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe my love for this band. This album is a little more synth heavy than their other albums, but the songs themselves are catchier and more beautiful because of it."
"I'll freely admit that my love for this album is heavily influenced from having seen them live this year. I really liked the album on first listen, but after seeing them live the album became almost transcendent."
"My opinion of this album is similar to my thoughts of A.A. Bondy's album this year. It feels so drastically different from his last album that it took awhile to wrap my head around. The songs are too good not to include on this list."
"This album took awhile for me to get into, mostly because it felt like such a steep departure from his roots oriented acoustic sound that occupied his first two albums. However, there were a few songs that kept dragging me back and forcing me to listen to whole album again and again. The album that kept A.A. Bondy up at night is the same album that kept asking me to love it."
"This album was a pleasant surprise for me. I enjoyed their first album but it tended to sound the same musically. They branch out a bit with this one and it suits them well. "Half Moon" is one my favorite songs of the year."