My favorite albums of 2011

Just use capital letters like a normal person, Merrill.

Here’s my totally unqualified, completely arbitrary top 10 lists of my favorite albums of the year. Enjoy!


  1. Tune-Yards, Whokill (I know it’s supposed to be “tUnE-yArDs” but I feel stupid typing it that way.)
  2. Wye Oak, Civilian
  3. TV on the Radio, Nine Types of Light
  4. Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes
  5. P.J. Harvey, Let England Shake
  6. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  7. Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive
  8. The Black Lips, Arabia Mountain
  9. The Decemberists, The King is Dead
  10. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues


Honorables: The Weeknd, Jay-Z and Kanye, Wilco, the Roots, M83, Foster the People, Iron and Wine


Best Comedy Albums:

  • Amy Schumer, Cutting
  • Patton Oswalt, Finest Hour
  • Sklar Brothers, Hendersons and Daughters
  • Natasha Leggero, Coke Money
  • Tig Notaro, Good One