Best nationally released albums of 2011

It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few days left on the calendar, we thought this would be a good time to call it: See below for the top 10 favorite albums of each of our most frequent contributors, and click here for more of our year-end lists.

Cyn Collins, Writer

The Black Keys - El Camino
Wilco - The Whole Love
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Wild Flag - Wild Flag
LOW - C'mon
Doomtree - No Kings / tie with Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Scandalous

Ray Cummings, Writer

1. Christina Kubisch, Magnetic Flights (Important)
2. Kimya Dawson, Thunder Thighs (self-released)
3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Mirror Traffic (Matador)
4. Danny Brown, XXX (Fool's Gold)
5. Telecult Powers, Zion Traveler (Baked Tapes)
6. Pete Swanson, Man of Potential (Type)
7. Zomes, Earth Grid (Thrill Jockey)
8. Peter J. Woods, Songs for Nothing (After Music)
9. Jason Crumer, Let There Be Crumer (Second Layer)
10. Key of Shame, Key of Shame (Planam/Alga Marghen)

Jeff Gage, Writer

National Albums:
1--W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs
2--Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
3--James Blake by James Blake
4--Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
5--Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver

Local Albums:
1--Bad Time Zoo by Sims
2--Pink Mink by Pink Mink
3--Hildur Victoria by Hildur Victoria
4--Golder by Haley Bonar
5--Seriousness by The Blind Shake

Natalie Gallagher, Writer

Kiss Each Other Clean - Iron & Wine
Metals - Feist
Ceremonials - Florence and the Machine
Let England Shake - PJ Harvey
Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li
Stone Rollin' - Raphael Saadiq
w h o k i l l - tUnE-yArDs
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Rip Tide - Beirut
Strange Mercy - St. Vincent

Tony Nelson, Photographer

TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
The Veils - Troubles Of The Brain
Lindsey Buckingham - Seeds We Sow
The Kills - Blood Pressures
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Nicole Atkins - Mondo Amore
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Grouplove - Never Trust A Happy Song
Ha Ha Tonka - Death Of A Decade

Pat O'Brien, Writer

1. Washed Out, Within and Without
2. M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
3. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
4. The Kills, Blood Pressures
5. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
6. The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient
7. Cults, Cults
8. Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo
9. Deer Tick, Divine Providence
10. Dawes, Nothing is Wrong

Stacy Schwartz, Photographer

1. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
2. TIE: Beirut - Rip Tide / Radical Face - The Family Tree Part 1: The Roots
4. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver 
6. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
7. The Lonely Forest - Arrows
8. Peter Wolf Crier - Garden of Arms
9. 4onthefloor - 4x4
10. Tapes N' Tapes - Outside

Jack Spencer, Writer

1. Frank Ocean - nostalgia.ultra
2. E-40 - Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift/Graveyard Shift 
3. Danny Brown - XXX
4. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
5. Killer Mike - Pl3dge
6. Death Grips - Exmilitary
7. Yob - Atma
8. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne
9. Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4Eva
10. DJ Quik - The Book of David

Andrea Swensson, Editor

Astronautalis, This is Our Science
Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Bon Iver
The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
Doomtree, No Kings
Feist, Metals
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
Low, C'mon
M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
The Weeknd, House of Balloons

Erik Thompson, Writer

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
4. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
5. The Horrors - Skying
6. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
7. James Blake - James Blake
8. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
9. Loney Dear - Hall Music
10. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

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