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(All week we’re counting down the top albums of 2011.  For previous entries on the list, click here.  We hope you enjoy the music.)

10. Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder

In 2010, with critically acclaimed releases from young artists like James Blake and How To Dress Well, the re-purposing of classic R&B became all the rage.  Of course, in 2011 the enthusiasm faded, replaced by excitement over the creation of new R&B (more on this later).  It may be for this reason that Balam Acab’s debut LP Wander/Wonder fell largely on deaf ears.  It’s a shame that critical opinion is so heavily dictated by musical trends, because you are unlikely to find a more beautiful collection of 8 songs this  year.  There is much to be said about the aquatic production and judicious use of samples on this record, and it has all been said elsewhere.  Most importantly, though, this record is an encapsulation of the power of music to move and enchant.  A power that is, after all, impervious to trends.    -LVL

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(All week we’re counting down the top albums of 2011.  For previous entries on the list, click here.  We hope you enjoy the music.)

30. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact

There is no greater confounder to the proper evaluation of a record than one’s experience of the previous record.  Gang Gang Dance’s 2008 LP Saint Dymphna stood as the most eclectic release yet from an eclectic band, a multicultural mix of musical styles that had few precedents in indie rock.  By contrast, Eye Contact is singular in its focus, and as such I found it disappointing on initial listen.  But, as the year has gone on, I’ve found myself returning the record again and again, more willing each time to be washed over with its shower of sumptuous synths.  A daring record from one of our most daring bands.  -LVL 

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(All week we’re counting down the top songs of 2011.  For previous entries on the list, click here.  We hope you enjoy the music.)

10. Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

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(All week we’re counting down the top songs of 2011.  For previous entries on the list, click here.  We hope you enjoy the music.)

30. Drake – “Marvins Room”

I regularly hate on Drake, perhaps justified, perhaps not. I must give the softest rapper alive some due credit for “Marvins Room,” the lead single off this year’s divisive Take Care. A song dripping blue sadness and production taken directly from808s and Heartbreak, “Marvins Room” is the first time I’m able to say that this kid has real talent. Somehow, Drake manages to make the shameful action of drunk dialing into a desired form of self-destruction. -PTL

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The notion of compiling a “50 Best Songs of the Year” list is preposterous.  In addition to the absurd presumption that songs across genres can be objectively compared in some meaningful way, such a list ignores the fact that one’s experience of a song is entirely situational, as dependent on one’s mood and temperament as on any musical detail.  Indeed, a list of this type is bound to almost destined to disappoint, confuse, or perhaps even enrage the reader.

And yet we worked our asses off on this one.  Staffer Peter Lillis, co-editor Keith Meatto and I each put in a lot of listening hours this year, and, although our tastes differ significantly at the margins, we were able to reach a broad consensus for the purposes of this column.  While the claim that the 50 tracks below represent the year’s “best” is clear hyperbole, they are the ones that we have turned to continuously throughout the year, the ones that have entranced and excited us the most.  Each day this week, we’ll be unveiling a new group of entrants on the list; we hope that you’ll keep checking back to hear the music and to share your thoughts.  We begin today with songs 50 through 31.  Read the rest of this entry »

Chris Brown, Kanye, Drake

Of all the lists that this website produces over the course of the next few weeks, I expect to receive the most angry and confused comments about this one.  As I see it, 2011 is the year that mainstream hip-hop let us down.  High profile releases from the likes of Lil’ Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Pusha T (to name only a few) left me wishing I still bought CDs so I could use them as coasters.  Meanwhile, as month after month of flaccid rhymes and bombastic beats hit record store shelves, a new hip-hop underground began to emerge through a series of independent releases and free mixtapes.  These are the records that had me coming back over and over when I needed a jolt this year, and the list below (compiled with the help of super-staffer Peter Lillis) reflects this predilection.  As such, there are some notable and, I will admit, potentially egregious omissions.  Allow me to list the most glaring of these up front:

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Countdown

I have written extensively about music videos this year, likely spilling much more virtual ink than was necessary in the process.  So, for this year-end countdown, I will repress my instincts and allow the visuals to speak for themselves.  Please feel free to post your own favorites in the comments box below.  Let’s begin.

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