Robin Pecknold (left) and J. Tillman
Below are my 10 favorite albums of 2011. These are the albums that kept me coming back during the good times, the not so good times, and everything in between. They run the spectrum from folk to hip-hop to soul to R&B. Alas, there are no country albums on the list. Maybe next year!
PS: I encourage you to check out Part 1 of my 2011 favorite albums list. Also, check out my favorite albums of 2009 and 2010.
Let’s start this thing, shall we?
Portland topped the 80-degree mark today for the second time this year. That’s not a misprint. While other areas of the country experience consistent 100-degree temps and drought, we in the Pacific Northwest continue to experience conditions reminiscent of late February or early March.
In honor of Portland’s second 80-degree day, which hopefully signals the arrival of summer, I compiled a list of my favorite albums midway through 2011. My Top 10 features a mix of highly anticipated releases and under the radar triumphs.
This is a favorites list. These are the albums I enjoyed the most. This is not meant to be a best of list. I encourage you to share your favorite albums in the comments section. I also encourage you to check out my favorite albums from 2011’s first quarter and my favorite songs of the first half of 2011.
Without further delay, here are my favorite albums of 2011 (so far):
The ultra nostalgic Frank Ocean
I’ve been slow to warm up to 2011’s crop of albums. Maybe it’s because the two that I anticipated the most — Lupe Fiasco’s LASERS and the Strokes’ Angles — turned out to be disappointments. Or maybe it’s because I haven’t spent much time with albums from artists whose work I’ve previously enjoyed (i.e., Toro Y Moi, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, Destroyer, etc.)
Whatever the reason for this year’s slow start, I am hoping 2011 picks up steam in the next few months with the release of Tv On The Radio’s new album, Nine Types of Light, Fleet Foxes’ second album, Helplessness Blues, and Kanye West and Jay-Z’s collaboration Watch The Throne. I’m also intrigued by the new Pains Of Being Pure At Heart album.
Here, listed below, are the albums that grabbed me the most during the first three months of 2011. They are my favorite albums of the year so far. That does not mean they will definitely be on my year end list.