NPR Music Picks Best Recs of ’11


soliciting listener’s best-of-2011 picks. Adele, meet Bon Iver, and E-40, meet Fucked


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only 6 ½ months into the year, but NPR Music already has its best-of-2011 album
list published. Well, sort of; they’re not trying to bum-rush the show, but
merely spotlighting their faves for January1 through June 14.
“Favorite Albums of 2011 (So Far)” was hosen by the NPR Music staff and member
stations around the country and the list is made up of 25 records released in
the first half of 2011, and features both well-known and emerging artists in
every major genre. Making the January-June grade are artists such as Adele, Bon
Iver, E-40, Gretchen Parlato, Jill Scott and Krallice. The full list is below
or at the NPR website:


NPR Music is also polling listeners
for the 2011 releases they keep on repeat in the “Best Music of The Year (So
Far)” listener survey. Voting is open now. The top 25 results will be announced
on Tuesday, June 21, at the All Songs Considered blog. Voting is open until
Monday, June 20, at


get voting, music geeks!



Full List: NPR Music’s “25 Favorite Albums of 2011 (So Far)”

 Adele, 21

Alexandre Tharaud, Scarlatti

Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal, Chamber Music

Ben Allison, Action-Refraction

Big K.R.I.T., Return Of 4eva   

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bright Eyes, The People’s Key

Colin Stetson, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges

Demdike Stare, Tryptych

Diego Garcia, Laura

Dominik Eulberg, Diorama

Donnacha Dennehy, Gra Agus Bas

E-40, Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift

Ebene Quartet, Fiction

Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, ULTRA

F**ked Up, David Comes to Life

Gretchen Parlato, The Lost and Found

James Blake, James Blake

Jill Scott, The Light Of The Sun

Julianna Barwick, The Magic Place

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine

Krallice, Diotima

Tommy Guerrero, Lifeboats and Follies

Tune-Yards, w h o k i l l

Wye Oak, Civilian


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