Best of 2011: Albums of the year - Reverb

Best of 2011: Albums of the year

All week long we’re looking back at the year in music. Here’s a look at the best albums of the year, from the ears of select Reverb writers and photographers.

John Hendrickson, Reverb managing editor

10. Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues”
9. Pictureplane, “Thee Physical”
8. Wye Oak, “Civilian”
7. DeVotchKa, “100 Lovers”
6. Smith Westerns, “Dye It Blonde”
5. Girls, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
4. St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy”
3. Bright Eyes, “The People’s Key”
2. Yuck, “S/T”
1. Kurt Vile, “Smoke Ring For My Halo”

Ricardo Baca, Reverb executive editor

10. Bright Eyes, “The People’s Key”
9. Adele, “21″
8. Beirut, “The Rip Tide”
7. The Antlers, “Burst Apart”
6. Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”
5. Death Cab For Cutie, “Codes and Keys”
4. Various Artists,”Red, Hot & Rio 2″
3. Washed Out, “Within and Without”
2. Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Watch The Throne”
1. The Decemberists, “The King Is Dead”

John Wenzel, Reverb executive editor

10. Wild Flag, “Wild Flag”
9. Crooked Fingers, “Breaks in the Armor”
8. The Caribbean, “Discontinued Perfume”
7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “S/T”
6. PJ Harvey, “Let England Shake”
5. Iceage, “New Brigade”
4. Real Estate, “Days”
3. Phantogram, “Nightlife” EP
2. Wye Oak, “Civilian”
1. Boston Spaceships, “Let It Beard”

Colin St. John, Reverb columnist

10. Panda Bear, “Tomboy”
9. Fucked Up, “David Comes to Life”
8. Julianna Barwick, “The Magic Place”
7. Wye Oak, “Civilian”
6. Girls, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
5. Future Islands, “On the Water”
4. Tune-Yards, “Whokill”
3. Bill Callahan, “Apocalypse”
2. Youth Lagoon, “The Year of Hibernation”
1. Clams Casino, “Instrumental Mixtape”

Josh Elioseff, Reverb photographer

10. Various Artists, “Muppets: The Green Album”
9. The Sheepdogs, “Five Easy Pieces” (EP)
8. The Low Anthem, “Smart Flesh”
7. Tom Waits, “Bad As Me”
6. Lindsey Buckingham, “Seeds We Sow”
5. Blitzen Trapper, “American Goldwing”
4. Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, “Rare Bird Alert”
3. The Jayhawks, “Mockingbird”
2. The Civil Wars, “Barton Hollow”
1. The Head and the Heart, “S/T”

Julio Enriquez, Reverb columnist

10. TV on the Radio, “Nine Types of Light”
9. Thurston Moore, “Demolished Thoughts”
8. Future Islands, “On The Water”
7. Bill Callahan, “Apocalypse”
6. The Horrors, “Skying”
5. Kurt Vile, “Smoke Ring For My Halo”
4. The Kills, “Blood Pressures”
3. Destroyer, “Kaputt”
2. John Maus, “We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves”
1. Miracle Fortress, “Was I the Wave?”

Sam DeLeo, Reverb writer

10. BadBadNotGood, “BBNG”

9. Thundercat, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse”
8. Talib Kweli, “Gutter Rainbows”
7. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, “Mirror Traffic”
6. Battles, “Gloss Drop”
5. Tune-Yards, “Whokill”
4. Wye Oak, “Civilian”
3. Ponytail, “Do Whatever You Want All the Time”
2. The Roots, “undun”

1. The Men, “Leave Home”

Mike Long, Reverb writer

10. The Joy Formidable, “The Big Roar”
9. Beastie Boys, “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two”
8. Dum Dum Girls, “Only In Dreams”
7. The Antlers, “Burst Apart”
6. Adele, “21″
5. The Dry Season, “The Dry Season”
4. Shapes Have Fangs, “Dinner In The Dark”
3. Crystal Stilts, “In Love With Oblivion”
2. Arctic Monkeys, “Suck It And See”
1. Moon Duo, “Mazes”

Joe McCabe, Reverb photographer

10. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX, “We’re New Here”
9. Cold Cave, “Cherish The Light Years”
8. Wu Lyf, “Go Tell Fire To The Mountain”
7. Spits, “The Spits V”
6. Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Watch The Throne”
5. Girls, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
4. Adele, “21″
3. The Vaccines, “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?”
2. Drake, “Take Care”
1. The Men, “Leave Home”

Kristopher Coe, Reverb writer

10. Wye Oak, “Civilian”
9. The Kills, “Blood Pressures”
8. Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Tell Me”
7. TV On The Radio, “Nine Types Of Light”
6. Wugazi, “13 Chambers”
5. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, “Mirror Traffic”
4. St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy”
3. Ryan Adams, “Ashes & Fire”
2. My Morning Jacket, “Circuital”
1. PJ Harvey, “Let England Shake”

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  • Guest

    There’s not a single female contributor? 

    • http://www.heyreverb.com/ John Wenzel

      All Reverb contributors (about half of which are female) were invited to submit their Top Ten of 2011 lists, but only males responded, for whatever reason.

  • Todd

    R.E.M., Collapse Into Now

    • http://www.heyreverb.com/ John Wenzel

      I *almost* had that one on my list…