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IMP's Top 20 Albums of 2011

IMP's real value has always been the inherent diversity of its members' tastes. Unlike other music-related websites that strive to be arbiters of taste, IMP's primary mission is to extend the long tail. Accordingly, the annual IMP Top 20 list is scattershot and surprising, ranging from Kiwi cine-synth to Canadian hip-hop's Roman nose to not-Garfunkel pop. So publishing the cumulative year-end list is a disservice to that subjectivity, muffling the beautiful noise of each member's preferences. Meaning: do not accept this lists at face value when you can seek out the individual lists of IMP members -- on their blogs, in Facebook updates, and in their monthly mixes. Now, here's a snapshot of the year that was 2011, courtesy of IMP.


IMP's Top 20 Albums of 2011


  1. Wilco
  The Whole Love
  (dBpm)







  2. PJ Harvey
  Let England Shake
  (Vagrant)







  3. Bon Iver
  Bon Iver
  (Jagjaguwar)







  4. M83
  Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
  (Mute)







  5. (tie) Adele
  21
  (XL Recordings)







  5. (tie) Beirut
  The Rip Tide
  (Pompeii)







  5. (tie) The Black Keys
  El Camino
  (Nonesuch)







  5. (tie) Drake
  Take Care
  (Republic)







  5. (tie) The Naked and Famous
  Passive Me, Aggressive You
  (Universal)







  10. Fucked Up
  David Comes to Life
  (Matador)







  11. St. Vincent
  Strange Mercy
  (4AD)







  12. Yuck
  Yuck
  (Fat Possum)







  13. (tie) tUnE-yArDs
  W H O K I L L
  (4AD)







  13. (tie) Tom Waits
  Bad as Me
  (Anti)







  15. Cults
  Cults
  (In the Name of)







  16. (tie) Phantogram
  Nightlife
  (Barsuk)







  16. (tie) Real Estate
  Days
  (Domino)







  18. Kurt Vile
  Smoke Ring for my Halo
  (Matador)







  19. Girls
  Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  (True Panther)







  20. Paul Simon
  So Beautiful or So What
  (Hear Music)








-- Ryan Mixtape, 02/01/2012