belated, baby’s Top Albums of 2011: 60 – 31

We’ve spent the year swapping and recommending albums, putting off listening to albums, obsessing over albums. We’ve spent 7 months of 2011 publishing some of our thoughts on those records, and now that it’s come to a close, we’re proud to put forth our very first comprehensive list: belated, baby’s Top Albums of 2011.

Our Top Albums list is the product of average rankings from three individual lists–those of Kabir, Derek, and Weston. You can see those individual lists in our next post. You may scratch your head at some selections, you may be bewildered by the absence of some albums, but we think it’s a solid list and will likely offer confrontation if someone says otherwise.

So here it is, the first half of our list:

60. Clams Casino :: Instrumentals Mixtape
59. Oneohtrix Point Never :: Replica
58. Tom Waits :: Bad As Me
57. Cass McCombs :: Humor Risk
56. Holiday Shores :: New Masses for Squaw Peak
55. Typhoon :: A New Kind of House
54. Yellow Ostrich :: The Mistress
53. Feist :: Metals
52. Wild Flag :: Wild Flag
51. The Weeknd :: Thursday

50. Little Dragon :: Ritual Union
49. The Weeknd :: Echoes of Silence
48. Total Slacker :: Thrashin
47. James Vincent McMorrow :: Early in the Morning
46. Unknown Mortal Orchestra :: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
45. Lia Ices :: Grown Unknown
44. Tame Impala :: Inner Speaker
43. Tim Hecker :: Ravedeath 1972
42. Mount Moriah :: Mount Moriah
41. The Roots :: undun

40. Juicy J :: Blue Dream and Lean
39. Cold Cave :: Cherish the Light Years
38. How to Dress Well :: Just Once EP
37. Schoolboy Q :: Setbacks
36. Atlas Sound :: Parallax
35. Drake :: Take Care
34. Nicolas Jaar :: Space is Only Noise
33. EMA :: Past Life of Martyred Saints
32. M83 :: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
31. Don Trip & Starlito :: Step Brothers

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Check back tomorrow for our albums 30-01!