SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2011 | SPIN.com

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2011 | SPIN.com.

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  • 38. Zola Jesus
    Conatus
    Former Siouxie Sioux understudy Nika Roza Danilova bleached herself into an exterminating angel for Conatus — Latin for “striving.” Like goth icons Swans, who went from industrial cellar-dwellers to acoustic light-worshippers, she floods her third album with strings, piano, muted drums, and vivid electronics. The newfound clarity works wonders, highlighting her severe but supple voice against a moody backdrop rendered in bold, emotive strokes. For all the strangeness Danilova evokes, this is an acutely intuitive record that resonates deep in your bones. P.S.

    21. Youth Lagoon
    The Year of Hibernation
    “So I’ll daydream about you / And I’ll think happy thoughts before somebody sees me,” young Trevor Powers murmurs sleepily on “Daydream,” and it sounds like the sort of drowsy babble you’d hear through a bedroom door. Listening to this lovely little indie-pop album feels somewhat voyeuristic, like witnessing someone else’s very private reverie; it’s thick with lo-fi atmosphere, conjuring up a warm-weather haze. The harder you try to focus, the harder it is to hold on to. Just give in. DAVID MENCONI

    check out the rest of the top 50, all artists highlighted played for us recently (not bad, eh?!)

  • 50. Britney Spears, Femme Fatale
    49. Yob, Atma
    48. Various Artists, Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    47. Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest
    46. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
    45. Azari & III, Azari & III
    44. The Roots, Undun
    43. Kendrick Lamar, Section.80
    42. Eric Church, Chief
    41. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra
    40. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
    39. Beyonce, 4
    38. Zola Jesus, Conatus
    37. The Field, Looping State of Mind
    36. The Black Keys, El Camino
    35. Washed Out, Within and Without
    34. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
    33. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
    32. Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
    31. Yuck, Yuck (Deluxe Edition)
    30. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
    29. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
    28. Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972
    27. Big K.R.I.T., Return of 4Eva
    26. Liturgy, Aesthethica
    25. Cass McCombs, Wit’s End/Humor Risk
    24. Deer Tick, Divine Providence
    23. Iceage, New Brigade
    22. Drake, Take Care
    21. Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation
    20. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
    19. M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    18. SBTRKT, SBTRKT
    17. Dum Dum Girls, Only in Dreams
    16. Das Racist, Relax
    15. The Men, Leave Home
    14. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    13. The Weeknd, House of Balloons/Thursday
    12. Telekinesis, Desperate Straight Lines
    11. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic
    10. Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes
    9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag
    8. G-Side, The One…Cohesive
    7. The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love
    6. Danny Brown, XXX
    5. Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    4. Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo
    3. EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints
    2. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
    1. Fucked Up, David Comes to Life