Jerry’s Picks: Top Albums of 2011

Elephant Talk founder Jerry Ryan’s top 30 albums of 2011:

  1. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  2. PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
  3. Radiohead – “King of Limbs”
  4. Wild Beasts – “Smother”
  5. The War on Drugs – “Slave Ambient”
  6. Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
  7. Kurt Vile – “Smoke Ring for My Halo”
  8. Yuck – Self-titled
  9. Girls – “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
  10. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hallow”
  11. Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
  12. The Antlers – “Burst Apart”
  13. St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
  14. Arctic Monkeys – “Suck It And See”
  15. Lykke Li – “Wounded Rhymes”
  16. Wild Flag – Self-titled
  17. The Strokes – “Angles”
  18. The Kills – “Blood Pressures”
  19. The Horrors – “Skying”
  20. Cults – Self-titled
  21. White Denim – “D”
  22. Atlas Sound – “Parallax”
  23. Destroyer – “Kaputt”
  24. The Decemberists – “The King Is Dead”
  25. Dylan Leblanc – “Pauper Fields”
  26. Fucked Up – “David Comes To Life”
  27. Mogwai – “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will”
  28. Girl in a Coma – “Exits And All The Rest”
  29. M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
  30. Adele – “21”
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13 Responses to Jerry’s Picks: Top Albums of 2011

  1. Let me keep going….I forgot some
    31.Florence and the machine-ceremonials
    32.battles-gloss drop
    33.Laura marling-a creature I don’t know
    34.the joy formidable-the big roar
    35.black lips-arabia mountain
    36.metronomy-the English riviera
    37.tuneyards-who kill
    38.smith westerns-dye it blonde
    39.my morning jacket-circuital
    40.James Blake-self titled
    41.bjork-biophilia
    42.tv on the radio-nine types of light
    43.surfer blood-tarot classics
    44.panda bear-Tom boy
    45.the vaccines-what did you expect….
    46.coldplay-mylo xyloto
    47.the dear hunter-the color spectrum
    48.the black keys-el camino
    49.the pains of being pure at heart-belong
    50.death cab for cutie-codes and keys

  2. 51.Ryan Adams-ashes and fire
    52.telekinesis-12 desperate straight lines
    53.the head and the heart-self titled
    54.foo fighters-wasting light
    55.wilco-the whole love
    56.kasabian-velociraptor
    57.deer tick-divine providence
    58.Beirut-the rip tide
    59.Dawes-nothing is wrong
    60.Dale Earnhardt jr jr-it’s a corporate world
    61.mastodon-the hunter
    62.elbow-build a rocket boys!
    63.iron and wine-kiss each other clean
    64.wye oak-civilian
    65.middle brother-self titled
    66.wu lyf-go tell fire to the mountain
    67.Manchester orchestra-simple math
    68.the weeknd-house of balloons
    69.Noah and the whale-last night on earth
    70.ice age-new brigade

  3. 71.cass mc combs-wits end
    72.starfucker-reptilians
    73.Julianna barwick-the magic place
    74.braids-native speaker
    75.Zola jesus-lonatus
    76.can’t-dreams come true
    77. Cheers elephant-man is nature
    78.sandro perri-impossible spaces
    79.gang gang dance-eye contact

  4. 80.neon Indian-era extrana

    I need to re-do this list!!! I see a ton of errors in where they are ranked due to me doing this off the tip of my head. I feel like I’m leaving out a ton of great indie albums too.

  5. l0z3rk1d182 says:

    I like it! Good choices

  6. 81.Eleanor friedberger-last summer
    82.cold cave-cherish the light years
    83.dum dum girls-only in dreams
    84.austra-feel it break
    85.the glorious veins-self titled
    86.feist-metals

  7. 87.ema-past life martyred saints
    88.Josh t Pearson-last of the country gentlemen
    89.Chelsea Wolfe-apokalypsis
    90.Matt cardle-letters

  8. 91.little dragon-ritual union
    92.tycho-dive
    93.slow club-paradise
    94.danger mouse-Rome

  9. 95.memory tapes-player piano
    96.the step kids-self titled
    97.hooray for earth-true loves
    98.okkervil river-I am very far
    99.still corners-creatures of an hour
    100.sbtrkt-self titled

    Should I keep going? Haha.

  10. I forgot a few important ones. I’m gonna revise this list. Right now I’m just getting these out on paper so it’ll be easier to do so later
    I forgot- zun zun equi-katang, Paul glasser introduced me to this band and since then I’ve been in touch with them about a possible trip to Atlantic city in the near future

    Also I know we’re not doing e.p.’s, but there are a few that stand out right away
    1)Gary Clark jr- and 2a Dauphine/faith
    I’ll get into those more later

    Also these,
    Cloud control- bliss release
    Jim jones revue-burning your house down
    The pack a.d.-unpersons
    1,2,3- new heaven
    All top 100 albums that I seemed to forget. You have to remember ,I’m obsessed with music and they’re thousands of albums running through my head at all times. Haha

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