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FILTER’s Top 20 Records of 2011 (So Far…)

By Staff on July 1, 2011

 

FILTER’s Top 20 Records of 2011 (So Far…)

Before you take off on a three-day weekend to the ocean, the desert, the mountains, the lake or any other getaway with a BBQ, illegal fireworks, friends, favorite summertime movie or general awesome time waiting for you, we took it upon ourselves to take a look back into the pages of FILTER in 2011. We re-read all the words we've compiled on a great year in music thus far, and collected the reviews from the magazine that got the highest marks. A couple of our anticipated albums made this cut, and a pretty dynamic group of the records we've loved best (so far) emerged. There are some veterans still making tunes at good as when we first met them, as well as some brand-new faces only just beginning careers to follow for years to come, so stock up on thee albums for your time on the road (or just hanging out) this weekend. Wow, 2011, keep 'em coming.

20.

The Sea and Cake
The Moonlight Butterfly
Thrill Jockey
87%

 

 

 

 


19.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
It's a Corporate World
QUITE SCIENTIFIC
87%

 

 

 


18.

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse
DRAG CITY
87%

 

 

 


17.

The Dodos
No Color
FRENCHKISS
87%

 

 

 


16.

J Mascis
Several Shades of Why
SUB POP
87%

 

 

 


15.

Black Lips
Arabia Mountain
VICE
87%

 

 

 


14.

Floating Action
Desert Etiquette
PARK THE VAN
88%

 

 

 


13.

Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
CAPITOL
88%

 

 

 


12.

Shabazz Palaces
Black Up
SUB POP
88%

 

 

 


11.

R.E.M.
Collapse Into Now
WARNER
88%

 

 

 

10.

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
Rome
CAPITOL
88%

 

 

 


9.

Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean
WARNER
88%

 

 

 


8.

Gang Gang Dance
Eye Contact
4AD
88%

 

 

 


7.

Other Lives
Tamer Animals
TBD
89%

 

 

 


6.

Panda Bear
Tomboy
PAW TRACKS
89%

 

 

 


5.

James Blake
James Blake
UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC
90%

 

 

 


4.

Explosions in the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Temporary Residence
90%

 

 

 


3.

Battles
Gloss Drop
WARP
90%

 

 

 


2.

Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What
CONCORD
92%

 

 

 


1.

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues
SUB POP
93%

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