Top 11 Albums of 2011

A Listmania! list by Daniel Martin "dantheduckman" (Clarksburg, WV United States)
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."
The King Is Dead
1.  The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
The list author says:
  "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."
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Last Night on Earth
2.  Last Night on Earth by Noah and the Whale
The list author says:
  "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."
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Bloodless Coup
3.  Bloodless Coup by Bell X1
The list author says:
  "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."
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England Keep My Bones
4.  England Keep My Bones by Frank Turner
The list author says:
  "Each year my list contains at least one album that is just so emotionally vulnerable that it almost physically pains me to listen to.  For 2011, this is that album."
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Graduation Ceremony
5.  Graduation Ceremony by Joseph Arthur
The list author says:
  "A fantastic return to the type of music I love to hear from Joseph Arthur.  Pure acoustic bliss.  He hasn't been writing this well since Nuclear Daydream."
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Fomo
6.  Fomo by Liam Finn
The list author says:
  "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."
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Believers
7.  Believers by A.A. Bondy
The list author says:
  "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."
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Bad As Me [Limited Deluxe Edition]
8.  Bad As Me [Limited Deluxe Edition] by Tom Waits
The list author says:
  "It's been a really long wait for a new Tom Waits album...a reaaalllly long wait.  Totally worth it.  Another marvelous set of completely jumbled up songs that only Tom Waits could make work."
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We Are the Tide
9.  We Are the Tide by Blind Pilot
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Rip Tide
10.  The Rip Tide by Beirut
The list author says:
  "I've been a fan of Beirut for years now, but I've also been waiting for them to make an album that held together from start to finish.  Rip Tide = Mission Accomplished."
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Zonoscope
11.  Zonoscope by Cut Copy
The list author says:
  "This album is full of pop synthy goodness.  Some songs meander on for too long but some songs are spot on.  Not quite a top 10 album...so this one goes to 11."
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