How did so much of 2011 go already? It was March last time we looked. Seeing as we’re getting on for halfway through the year soon, and as there’s been so many good LPs released already this year, we thought we’d take a look at the 50 best albums of the year so far. So here they are:

The 50 Best Albums Of 2011 So Far

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The full list features all manner of top-notch long players, from Friendly Fires to TV On The Radio, Radiohead, Black Lips, Noah And The Whale, Wild Beasts and PJ Harvey, and demonstrates what a glut of quality we’ve been treated to this year – and how diverse that top quality stuff has been.

Personally, I’ve been blown away by Vessels in January, mesmerised by Three Trapped Tigers in March (so much so, we ran the album stream) and awestruck by Battles in May (you can also stream their album exclusively on the site here).

Climbing out of the math rock mire, Noah And The Whale brought the life-affirming big melody thrills (as did Foster The People), My Morning Jacket made the best folkie / space rock effort so far, and Fucked Up ruled the hardcore sphere.

Gang Gang Dance and Planningtorock have triumphed on the, for want of a better word, experimental side of things, and Metronomy, Alexander, Grails, Keren Ann, Africa Hitech, Low and Wye Oak have all been on heavy rotation.

But that’s just me. It’s shaping up to be a vintage year already – what are your top five records of 2011 so far?


Spotify Playlist – NME’s Best Albums Of 2011 So Far