Tag Archives: Best of 2011 – Albums

Last bit of housecleaning…

As the entire music community knows by now, The Village Voice published its Pazz & Jop poll yesterday. I got a few comments published here, here, here, and here. The winners: 1 tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l … Continue reading

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The rest….

The full list of the year’s best. No doubt you were interested in those below twenty. 1. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels 2. DJ Quik – The Book of David 3. Destroyer – Kaputt 4. Britney Spears – Femme … Continue reading

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Twenty best singles of 2011

1. Azealia Banks – 212 2. Nicki Minaj ft. Ester Dean – Super Bass 3. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends 4. Beyonce – Love On Top 5. The Joy Formidable – Whirring 6. Blake Shelton – Who Are … Continue reading

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Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 1-3

3. Destroyer – Kaputt Is this album transgressive? Does it “reclaim” “uncool” sounds? Wrong and wrong. My love for Johnny Hates Jazz has no archival interest; I listen to the Blow Monkeys for pleasure (I even wrote this Stylus essay … Continue reading

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Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 4-6

6. The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck Intimations of doom, boasting the clarity of a dream half-remembered. Five years after hiring rock accompaniment, John Darnielle learns to trust the tug of a bass line or when necessary to bend … Continue reading

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Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 7-9

9. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up The former leader of beloved nineties hip-hop trio Digable Planets shares the mic with fat-bottomed beats instead of confreres Doodlebug and Ladybug, and his intelligence and alliterative wordplay get the aural update he deserves. … Continue reading

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Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 10-12

12. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake Another Harvey album reliant on a craftsmanship gimmick: White Chalk was her piano album, Let England Shake her autoharp one. The other striking thing about LES is too original to tag a gimmick: … Continue reading

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Twenty Best Albums of 2011- #’s 17-20

Today’s installment. I hope to post updates for the rest of the week.   20. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What Skeptical about this album six months ago, I left two songs on my iPod to remind me … Continue reading

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Fourth quarter update – singles

Two weeks ago I posted a tentative list of the year’s best albums. Here’s the singles list, nothing cemented in place, of course. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends Diddy ft. Swizz Beats – Ass on the Floor Beyoncé … Continue reading

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Fourth quarter update

How the year looks so far: Pistol Annies – s/t DJ Quik – The Book of David Destroyer – Kaputt Britney Spears – Femme Fatale Serengeti – Family and Friends Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights and Early Mornings Frank Ocean … Continue reading

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