Fifty favourite albums from 2011 so far.

Julianna Barwick

Everybody’s at this sort of thing right now, so why should I be any different? These are in no order, and there have been lots of albums I’ve enjoyed very nearly as much as the ones you see listed below. But 50 is a nice, neat number, so 50 is what you – I – get. Inevitably there are some records that I just haven’t had time to listen to properly; I expect some of these will appear in my favourites come the end of the year. Some, I just haven’t clicked with, like the latest PJ Harvey album and Anna Calvi’s debut (on paper I should love them, but…). Several of these here, though, are really special: Julianna Barwick (pictured, above), Wild Beasts, Bon Iver, Tim Hecker, FaltyDL, Dark Dark Dark, Ghostpoet. Says me, anyway. Click the links to travel to BBC-published words on the respective long-players.

This list covers studio albums released in the UK between January 1 and June 30, 2011. Due to professional association with the band, I have not listed Esben and the Witch’s Violet Cries. But it’s very good, too. Obviously.

Admiral Fallow – Boots Met My Face
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead
Austra – Feel It Break
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Beans – End It All
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Boxcutter – The Dissolve
Braids – Native Speaker
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Colourmusic – My ____ Is Pink
Daedelus – Bespoke
Dananananaykroyd – There Is a Way
Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go
Dels – Gob
Destroyer – Kaputt
Diddy Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris
Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Grimes – Halfaxa
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
How to Dress Well – Love Remains
J.Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun
Letlive. – Fake History
Lia Ices – Grown Unknown
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
Planningtorock – W
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We’re New Here
SebastiAn – Total
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Sister Crayon – Bellow
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Three Trapped Tigers – Route One or Die
True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Centre to the Circumference of the Earth
tUnE-YaRdS – w h o k i l l
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
Wild Beasts – Smother


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