Y’know what, 2011 was a pretty good year in music. There was definitely some unadultered shit released this year - the fact that Katy Perry had another 3 massive hits, anything and everything done by Lana Del Rey, the stateless standing army that are the Beliebers, the faux-outrage and pseudo-cyber bullying that followed ‘Friday’, the ironic fame and fortune that followed ‘Friday’, the fact Tyler never actually stabbed Bruno Mars in his “god damned oesophagus”, One Direction and the beginning of Tumblr-pop, Skrillex and the beginning of dubcore, Kreayshawn, Lil B, ASAP Rocky and the rest of swag-rap scene, and the amphetamine fueled ear fuck meme that was ‘Nyan Cat’.
Apart from all of that, there was some big bright spots, and across most genres. I had the pleasure of listening to some great rock, punk, hip hop, folk, R ‘n’ B, experimental and dance albums over the year. And hence this list, my 30 favourite albums of 2011. Enjoy y’all.