Top 20 Albums of 2011: 5-1

5. White Denim – D / Takes Place in Your Work Space

Because “At the Farm” soundtracks a million badass scenarios and “Street Joy” a million heartaches.

4. The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Because you should not enjoy listening to the stories Abel Tesfaye tells, but every night you click play again, jaw dropped and mesmerized.

3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Because beauty this lush and ethereal doesn’t need to make sense, it just grabs you.

2. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Because no record this year sounded better and more familiar on first listen. It only improves as its subtleties are revealed.

1. Destroyer – Kaputt

Because Dan Bejar is a lyrically superior, modern-day Bowie and this is Low, Let’s Dance and Young Americans rolled up into one late night cigarette, smoked with Sade and Bryan Ferry in some swanky elevator.


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