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SPIN‘s 25 Best Albums Of 2011 So Far

By Amrit Singh / June 27, 2011

In terms of both solstice and the impending July 4th weekend cookouts, summer has fully sprung, and with it come the mid-year Best Of LPs lists. We offered our rundown last week, including Gang Gang, Prurient, Krallice, Pictureplane, Liturgy, Destroyer, Toro Y Moi, along with debuts from Austra, Iceage, Puro Instinct, Pure X, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Today we have a midterm report from SPIN, who eschew all of the aforementioned, but join us in paying props to PJ Harvey, Bon Iver, the Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs, Yuck, Fleet Foxes, Smith Westerns, Adele, and Fucked Up.

Here are those overlaps, and the other records that make up SPIN’s suggestions for 2011.5:


Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4eva
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
James Blake – James Blake
Adele – 21
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!
TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
DJ Quik – The Book Of David
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
The Strokes – Angles
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
Yuck – Yuck
Alela Diane – Alela Diane& Wild Divine
G-Side – The ONE … COHESIVE

You can get some contextual editorial along for the choices over at SPIN.