Bon Iver Tops Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

    Pitchfork is about the last major publication to announce its top 50 albums of 2011, and it’s gone ahead and done the same thing as a bunch of other publications: It’s named Bon Iver’s Bon Iver as the album of the year. It was the highest rated album on Pitchfork all year, so it’s not that surprising, though it doesn’t have the same “whoa” factor as picking the Knife’s Silent Shout a few years ago. Elsewhere in the top ten you’ll find M83, Girls, PJ Harvey, Destroyer, and others. See the blurbs here, and see it below.  

     

    50. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
    49. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
    48. Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
    47. Sepalcure – Sepalcure
    46. Cults – Cults
    45. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
    44. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
    43. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
    42. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
    41. Liturgy – Aesthethica
    40. ArabMuzik – Electronic Dream
    39. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
    38. Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
    37. Iceage – New Brigade
    36. Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
    35. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
    34. Katy B – On a Mission
    33. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
    32. Panda Bear – Tomboy
    31. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
    30. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
    29. DJ Quik – The Book of David
    28. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
    27. Beyonce – 4
    26. The Field – Looping State of Mind
    25. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
    24. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
    23. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
    22. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
    21. Jay-Z/Kanye West – Watch the Throne
    20. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
    19. Danny Brown – XXX
    18. Atlas Sound – Parallax
    17. Clams Casino – Instrumentals
    16. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
    15. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
    14. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
    13. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
    12. James Blake – James Blake
    11. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
    10. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
    9. Real Estate – Days
    8. Drake – Take Care
    7. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
    6. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
    5. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    2. Destroyer – Kaputt
    1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver