Paste's Top 50 Albums
    • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

    • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

    In today's "everybody yakkin' about it" newsbit, Paste issued their top fifty albums of the year, much to the chagrin of just about everyone with an opinion. Paste is typically alt-leaning, folk-friendly and often comes as a left field contender but their early claim to the best-of throne has warranted a whole lot of chatter (since there isn't anything else to talk about). Although a few amicable Baeble buddies made it on the list (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Dawes in the top ten!), we think the exclusion of Metronomy is sacrilegious.

    Bon Iver claims the top spot, but that's less of a surprise than Kim Kardashian's divorce. Nice to see Adele and St. Vincent up there too in the top twenty. Actually the inclusion of My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes in the top three is almost TOO safe.

    Almost more interesting than the list are the varied responses.

    Stereogum gave it a solid "meh-dictable" with the added note, "But I'm sorry, the idea that Childish Gambino made a better rap album than Drake did is just laughable."

    Critic Maura Johnston re-tweeted a sentiment from relatively unknown Chris Steffen. My thoughts exactly. "Hey list-makers, don't forget that 'Gold Cobra' came out this year. #doingyourjobsforyou"

    Spin editor and resident grump Chris "Weiny" Weingarten nailed it. "The most hilarious thing about this is that Stereogum is probably going to get more traffic than Paste for putting it all on one page."

    WE'RE GONNA DO THE SAME.

    50. Frank Turner England Keep
    49. Mates of State Mountaintops
    48. Drake Take Care
    47. Real Estate Days
    46. Holy Ghost! Holy Ghost!
    45. Those Darlins Screws Get Loose
    44. Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
    43. The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
    42. Wild Flag Wild Flag
    41. James Blake James Blake
    40. Portugal. The Man In The Mountain, In The Cloud
    39. Gillian Welch The Harrow and the Harvest
    38. Over the Rhine The Long Surrender
    37. The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
    36. Mister Heavenly Out Of Love
    35. Childish Gambino Camp
    34. Seryn This Is Where We Are
    33. The Head and the Heart The Head and the Heart
    32. Ryan Adams Ashes & Fire
    31. Telekinesis 12 Desperate Straight Lines
    30. Tom Waits Bad As Me
    29. Feist Metals
    28. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
    27. Black Lips Arabia Mountain
    26. The Low Anthem Smart Flesh
    25. The Antlers Burst Apart
    24. TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light
    23. The Belle Brigade The Belle Brigade
    22. The Black Keys El Camino
    21. Charles Bradley No Time For Dreaming

    20. Beirut The Rip Tide
    19. Cults Cults
    18. Wye Oak Civilian
    17. The Civil Wars Barton Hollow
    16. Yuck Yuck
    15. Deer Tick Divine Providence
    14. Adele 21
    13. Radiohead The King of Limbs
    12. Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
    11. St. Vincent Strange Mercy
    10. The Decemberists The King Is Dead
    9. M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
    8. Dawes Nothing Is Wrong
    7. Wilco The Whole Love
    6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. It's A Corporate World
    5. Middle Brother Middle Brother
    4. tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
    3. My Morning Jacket Circuital
    2. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
    1. Bon Iver Bon Iver

    (see some of the reasoning over at Paste)
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