Posted in music on November 30, 2011

Unuct

UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...

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UNCUT's TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
50 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
49 Arbouretum – The Gathering
48 Cornershop Featuring Bubbley Kaur – Cornershop And The Double-O Groove Of
47 The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
46 Iceage – New Brigade
45 Mikal Cronin – Mikal Cronin
44 tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
43 St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
42 Jenny Hval – Viscera
41 Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
40 Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
39 Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
38 His Golden Messenger – From Country Hai East Cotton
37 Little Dragon – Ritual Union
36 Jonny – Jonny
35 My Morning Jacket – Circuital
34 Fatoumata Diawara – Fatou
33 Low – C’Mon
32 Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
31 Destroyer – Kaputt
30 Tim Hecker – Ravendeath, 1972
29 Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
28 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
27 Björk – Biophilia
26 The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
25 Bill Callahan – Apocolypse
24 Real Estate – Days
23 Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
22 Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
21 James Blake – James Blake
20 Ry Cooder – Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
19 Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
18 Tinariwen – Tassili
17 Feist – Metals
16 Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
15 Wilco – The Whole Love
14 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
13 Tom Waits – Bad As Me
12 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
11 Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
10 The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
09 Bon Iver – Bon Iver
08 Wild Beasts – Smother
07 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
06 The Horrors – Skying
05 Josh T. Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
04 White Denim – D
03 Metronomy – The English Riviera
02 Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
01 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

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Comments (40)

derogatis and uncut need a cage match

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:00 AM

jared leto looking pretty haggard on that magazine cover

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:07 AM

Fuck, PJ and Patti Smith .... tough call which looks more like my Uncle Sol

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:09 AM

where's john maus?!
"we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves" is the best album of the year or the century!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:17 AM

King of Limbs at 7?!?!?

I know it's Radiohead, but come on now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:20 AM

11:17 dude, give me a break.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:25 AM

I came 5 shy of owning none of the top 20 albums. I ought to have my head examined. One year, I will achieve a real hipster greatness and own none of the top 20.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:27 AM

I don't agree with the majority of this list but it's actually nice to see some non- cookie cutter choices here.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:28 AM

any list that includes tUnE-yArDs is OK in my book

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 11:40 AM

Any list that includes a female musician as a number choice is groundbreaking already.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:03 PM

Where's Real Estate - Days?

Posted by donn | November 30, 2011 12:04 PM

Yeah 11:40, but shouldn't it be much higher? I really love some of these others (St. Vincent, tom waits, radiohead, fiest) but they are all just releasing another album like all their previous albums, still good, just the same.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:05 PM

White Denim!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:15 PM

AA Bondy!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:25 PM

kurt vile is the only album i like near the top.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:28 PM

12:05 is right. Yeah, Feist's new album is ok, but is it any different or better than her other two? Tom Waits is good, but haven't we heard that album already? Haven't we heard much better from Waits? King of Limbs is a letdown compared to the groundbreaking stuff Radiohead is expected to churn out.

A lot of filler on this list. Maybe 50 albums is too many.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:31 PM

10 The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient


Possibly my favorite album of the year...nice to see it in the top 10

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:33 PM

War On Drugs and Smoke Rings ....

I'd say KV had quite a year

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:35 PM

Not a bad list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:56 PM

2011 was a shitty music year

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:58 PM

The Dawes album is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 1:05 PM

Also glad to see some love for The War on Drugs record. It grows on you with each listen. Looking forward to their Bowery gig next month.

Posted by ll | November 30, 2011 1:34 PM

Can someone please explain PJ Harvey to me? It's been two decades now and I still don't "get" her.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:10 PM

12:35, KV hasn't been in WOD in several years, and doesn't play at all on the new album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:15 PM

Kurt Vile is the best out there

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:39 PM

and John Maus sucks

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:40 PM

I wish I could kiss PJ Harvey.


2:10pm

nothing to 'get', man.. just listen to the records. like it, great. don't like it, fuck it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:40 PM

"Don't Be So Cruel" by Something Fierce - ought to be on the list, if not near the top of it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 2:53 PM

Anonhummus's greatest brands of 2011:

-. Bobbi's "Original blend"
-. Tribes "40 spices"
-. Sabra's "gluten free pine nut"
-. Cedars "dill"
-. Whole Foods "garlic"

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:10 PM

given Uncut's demographic, they really blew it ranking Paul Simon and St. Vincent and Feist and Wilco so low.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 3:14 PM

Are you trying to say that Uncut appeals to the Brunch-Core crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:11 PM

I stopped reading at Thurston Moore. Any mag that thinks that bloated dirgefest is better than half the stuff below it is a mag that wastes my time. Learned all I need to know! Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:21 PM

Radiohead could've put out an album of Pip fartin on a snare drum and it would have been in the top ten.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:29 PM

did not realize there was a new white denim album out, this bttr be good

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:32 PM

aaand nope this sucks

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 4:51 PM

Sonic Youth has been my main band for more than 20+ years. I love them to death. And, I adore most all of the solo projects of each member as well. Ahem. Now, I may say ... 'Demolished Thoughts' is a fucking pussy album and there's no fucking way that should be anywhere near this list. Ya'll wait for Lee's motherfuckin' bad ass album in March. Beck, go get lost.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:02 PM

Hey check out the new Peter Frampton album! Dig how every cheeshead in music is using a vocoder now but Peter was there first!

Posted by nygrump | November 30, 2011 5:04 PM

11:40 - tune yards is garbage and is definitely not worth all that effort of capitalization.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:36 PM

My top 50 farts...

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 6:49 PM

she's amazing

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