Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FPT's Best Albums of 2011


Here are the writers at Fake Plastic Tunes, individual "Best Albums of 2011" lists. Be sure to check out our Album Reviews section for detailed analysis of all our 2011 reviewed albums. Being Radiohead fans we decided to leave out Radiohead's The King of Limbs album from our lists. 2011 was a fantastic year in music, now lets see what 2012 has to offer.

James Brimacombe -- Top 50 Albums of 2011
01. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
02. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
03. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
04. Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
05. French Films - Imaginary Future
06. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
07. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
08. The Horrors - Skying
09. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
10. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
11. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
12. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
13. The Black Keys - El Camino
14. Kasabian - Velociraptor!
15. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
16. Wilco - The Whole Love
17. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
18. Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger
19. Bright Eyes - The Peoples Key
20. Beirut - The Rip Tide
21. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
22. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix
23. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
24. Noah and The Whale - Last Night On Earth
25. Generationals - Actor-Castor
26. Cults - Cults
27. The Cival Wars - Barton Hollow
28. Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
29. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
30. Alexander - Alexander
31. Destroyer - Kaputt
32. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
33. Big Talk - Big Talk
34. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
35. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
36. The Strokes - Angles
37. Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries
38. White Denim - D
39. The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
40. Real Estate - Days
41. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
42. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
43. Matthew Good - Lights of Endangered Species
44. Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
45. TV On The Radio - Nine Types of Light
46. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
47. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
48. I Break Horses - Hearts
49. The Drums - Portamento
50. Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding

Honorable Mentions:
The Naked And Famous - Passive Me Aggressive You
Yuck - Yuck
Braids - Native Speaker
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
James Blake - James Blake
Grouplove - Never Trust A Happy Song
The Kooks - Junk of the Heart
Other Lives - Tamer Animals
The Cave Singers - No Witch
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes + Keys
Washed Out - Within And Without
Metronomy - The English Riviera
The Antlers - Burst Apart

Nick Swenor -- Top 25 Albums of 2011
01. Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues"
02. Wilco "The Whole Love"
03. Cut Copy "Zonoscope"
04. Surfer Blood "Tarot Classics EP"
05. Beirut "Riptide"
06. Neon Indian "Era Extraña"
07. Destroyer "Kaputt"
08. Felice Brothers "Celebration, Florida"
09. Black Keys "El Camino"
10. Black Lips "Arabia Mountain"
11. Cults "Cults"
12. Radiohead "King of Limbs"
13. Mister Heavenly "Out of Love"
14. The Cool Kids "When Fish Ride Bicycles"
15. Man Man "Life Fantastic"
16. TV on the Radio "Nine Types of Light"
17. Girls "Father, Son, Holy Ghost"
18. The Drums "Portamento"
19. Smith Westerns "Dye it Blonde"
20. The Strokes "Angles"
21. Portugal. The Man "In the Mountain In the Cloud"
22. Dawes "Nothing is Wrong"
23. the DoDos "No Color"
24. City and Colour "Little Hell"
25. Phantogram "Nightlife EP"


Honorable Mentions:
Tapes n Tapes "Outside"
Wavves "Life Sux EP"
The Roots "Undun"
Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song"
Lykke Li "Wounded Rhymes"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Unknown Mortal Orchestra"
Deerhoof "Deerhoof vs Evil"
Fruit Bats "Tripper"
The Go! Team "Rolling Blackouts"
Foo Fighters "Wasting Light"
Jacuzzi Boys "Glazin"
The Kooks "Junk of Heart"
Kishi Bashi "Room for Dream EP"

M83 - "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming"

Jay Harris -- Top 15 Albums of 2011
01. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
02. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
03. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
04. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
05. Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
06. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
07. Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
08. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
09. The Horrors - Skying
10. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
11. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
12. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix
13. Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials
14. Cults - Cults
15. Destroyer - Kaputt

Bobby Markle -- Top Albums of 2011
01. Twin Sister – In Heaven
02. Tycho – Dive
03. Neon Indian – Era Extrana
04. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
05. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
06. SBTRKT - SBTRKT
07. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
08. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
09. Destroyer – Kaputt
10. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
Honorable Mentions:
Grimes – Geidi Primes
Washed Out – Within & Without
Future Islands – On the Water
James Blake – James Blake
Panda Bear – Tomboy

Mark.HaTe -- Top 15 Albums of 2011
01. The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
02. Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole
03. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
04. The Dreaming - Puppet
05. Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
06. Tom Morello: The Nighwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
07. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
08. Sebastian Bach - Kicking & Screaming
09. Jolie Holland - Pint of Blood
10. Jay Psaros - On Up The Road
11. Hugo - Old Time Religion
12. Only Living Boy - Hide Nothing
13. Falcon - Disapear
14. Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
15. Mike Doughty - Yes and Also Yes

Ty Martinez -- Top 10 Albums of 2011
01. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
02. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
03. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
04. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
05. Girls - Father,Son, Holy Ghost
06. Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours
07. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
08. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
09. Foster The People - Torches
10. Eight Bit Tiger - Parallel Syncnized Randonmess


Fr. Jones- Top 15 of 2011*
(FYI- The King of Limbs would fit snugly in the 2-3 range, stipulations aside. That album is like a type of festering, adaptive bacteria in it's ability to grow over the past ten months. It reminds me a lot of the alien from The Thing. I have become a firm believer that The King of Limbs has this innate ability to adapt to whatever mood the listener is in. It's oh-so comfortably polarizing. )

1. Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
2. Atlas Sound- Parallax
3. M83- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
4. Washed Out- Within and Without
5. Cults- Cults
5. Battles- Gloss Drop
6. tUnE-yArDs- who kill
7. Panda Bear- Tomboy
8. St. Vincent- Strange Mercy
9. Other Lives- Tamer Animals
10. Girls- Father, Son, Holy Ghost
11. The Antlers- Burst Apart
12. Zomby- Dedication
13. TV on the Radio- Nine Types of Light
14. Lykke Li- Wounded Rhymes
15. Grimes- Halfaxa
15. Austra- Feel it Break

Honorable mention: Zola Jesus- Conatus, Dum Dum Girls- Only in Dreams, Bon Iver- Bon Iver (I know, I know- am I the only one that secretly wanted this album, as good as it is, to be slightly less predictable?)







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