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Musical year-end best-of lists, critics weigh in

"Parallax" by Atlas Sound, a project from Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, is among several albums from Georgia musicians showing up on year-end lists. The Black Lips' "Arabia Mountain," Mastodon's "The Hunter" and Washed Out's "Within and Without" are also making year-end best-of appearances.

"Parallax" by Atlas Sound, a project from Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, is among several albums from Georgia musicians showing up on year-end lists. The Black Lips' "Arabia Mountain," Mastodon's "The Hunter" and Washed Out's "Within and Without" are also making year-end best-of appearances.

This time of year is a list-lovers dream. The year-end best-of lists are coming fast and furious, and the best albums lists are the perfect conversation starter.

Among our favorites is Pop Matters exhaustive musical look back at 2011, which includes more than 20 lists, from the 20 Worst Albums to Best Rhythm and Blues to Best Indie Rock. You could explore these lists for days, and it’s likely you’ll find plenty to agree with and plenty of choices that will baffle and annoy.

Another list we always look forward to is from Decatur’s own Paste magazine. Paste’s 50 Best Albums of 2011 has a lot in common with Pop Matters’ take, especially near the top of the list.

That’s just the tip of the musical iceberg, though. Everyone has a list, it seems, from Spin to NPR.

And what about you? Tell us about your favorite albums of the year.

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eastside

December 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Visit blog.largeheartedboy.com for a master list of best/favorite lists from all corners of the internet–it is exhaustive. Myself, I really enjoyed the new releases from Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall and Real Estate. I am puzzled why the latest Black Lips record hasn’t gotten much list love–it’s a fun spin.

Margaret Thatcher

December 21st, 2011
6:25 pm

Anthony Hamilton- Back to Love
Lalah Hathaway- Where It All Begins
Ledisi- Pieces of Me
Jill Scott- The Light of the Sun
Anthony David- As Above, So Below
Beyonce- 4

BehindEnemyLines

December 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

Seether – Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray
Egypt Central – White Rabbit
Bobaflex – Hell In My Heart
Kyng – Trampled Sun
Lansdowne – Blue Collar Angel
Pop Evil – War of Angels
Theory of a Deadman – Lowlife
Kopek – White Collar Lies
Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
Sixx A.M. – This is Gonna Hurt
Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Nickelback – Here & Now
Art of Dying – Vices & Virtue
Adrenaline Mob – Adrenaline Mob (EP)

Ben

December 26th, 2011
8:43 pm

Good lord BehindEnemyLines, that could be the greatest list of Fail Rock I’ve ever seen.

You should get out more.