Top Albums of 2011

Another year. Another list. With 2011 in our rear views, each one of us here at Treeswingers is taking a look back at the year in music. Not quite as star-studded as last year, 2011 still had its gems, from the return of Bon Iver to the arrival of Real Estate. There was the R&B revival courtesy of The Weeknd as well as the meteoric mark of M83. There was also Kreayshawn. Just kidding.

Below are each of our lists for the top albums of 2011. There’s no particular order or reason. Feel free to adore, berate, mock or love our lists in the comments section. Or leave your own top 10 of the year. On to 2012.

Brian
Beirut – The Rip Tide
ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Kanye West and Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
Kimbra – Vows
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics EP

charlie.
Washed Out – Within And Without
Starfucker – Reptillians
Antlers – Burst Apart
Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
T.V. On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
Phantogram – Nightlife EP
Blind Pilot – We Are The Tide
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
High Highs – High Highs EP
Trophy Wife – Bruxism EP

Dan. Possibly The Man
Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
Rustie – Glass Swords
Sepalcure – Sepalcure
Nicolar Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
Real Estate – Days
FIDLAR – DIYDUI EP
Toro Y Moi – Under The Pine 
Geotic – Geotic
Destroyer – Kaputt
Atlas Sounds – Parallax

Dan Z.
Real Estate – Days
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Peaking Lights – 936
Gardens & Villa – Gardens & Villa
Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
Giraffage – Comfort
Craft Spells – Idle Labor
Twin Sister – In Heaven
The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Ellen
Beirut – The Rip Tide
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
St Vincent – Strange Mercy
James Blake – James Blake
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
The Roots – Undun
Black Keys – El Camino
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Elbow- Build A Rocket Boys!

Kyle
Phantogram – Nightlife EP
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Nujabes – Spiritual State
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k I l l
Washed Out – Within And Without
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
James Blake – James Blake
Kanye West and Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

María
Black Keys – El Camino
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome
Cults – Cults
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
St Vincent – Strange Mercy
Starfucker – Reptilians
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Tennis – Cape Dory

Marisa
Beirut – The Rip Tide
The Black Keys – El Camino
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Metronomy – The English Riviera
The Roots – Undun
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k I l l
T.V. On The Radio- Nine Types of Light

Matthew
Junior Boys – It’s All True
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Friendly Fires – Pala
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Feist – Metals
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Big Black Delta – BBDLP1
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
SebastiAn – Total

Ryan
Real Estate – Days
Yuck – Yuck
Nujabes – Spiritual State
Braids – Native Speaker
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k I l l
Battles – Gloss Drop
Starfucker – Reptilians
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Cults – Cults

Sara

Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Adele – 21
Tycho – Dive 
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ 
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Feist – Metals 
Friendly Fires – Pala
Metronomy – The English Riviera 
Junior Boys – It’s All True 


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