Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pitchfork Best New Albums of 2011 (final update!!)

With a bunch of latest new entries (Atlas Sound, Oneohtrix Point Never, Drake, Kate Bush) and the long-awaited add of Julianna Barwick's The Magic Place (now available on Spotify), this is the final update of the playlists based on Pitchfork Best New Albums.

Some stats:

- The % of albums available on Spotify is very good: 91,48% (in 2010, it was 83,63%)
- 47 albums have been included by Pitchfork in its Best New Albums section in 2011. In 2010, they were 55
- The Lite playlists below (3 tracks each album) features 129 songs. The Mammoth (full albums) features 477 songs.
- The most recent album (Sepalcure, not available on Spotify) has been reviewed November 22. No more highly reviewed albums in the last 40 days of the year. In the same period, in 2010, Pitchfork picked two Best New Albums (by OFF! and Robyn).
- Medium review vote: 8.55 (in 2010, slightly higher: 8.57)
- Higher review vote: Bon Iver, Bon Iver, 9.5 (in 2010: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West, 10.0)
- 11 Best New Albums are NOT featured in Pitchfork Best 50 Albums of 2011 chart: by Smith Westerns, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Antlers, WU LYF, Washed Out, Trash Talk, A$ap Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Cass McCombs, John Maus and Wolves in the Throne Room. Anyway, last four are mentioned in the Honorable Mentions section; amongst the albums in the eoy Top 50, there are 14 albums that are instead not featured in Best New Albums reviews (by Wild Flag, Kendrick Lamar, Colin Stetson, SBTRKT, Liturgy, Sandro Perri, Frank Ocean, Katy B, TY Segall, Beyoncé, Bill Callahan, The Caretaker, Danny Brown, Clams Casino).
- Finally, how long shall we wait before the first Best New Album of 2012? If we follow the year-by-year progression, it should happen around January 25. In 2009, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion was reviewed January 5. In 2010, Vampire Weekend's Contra, January 11. In 2011, Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde has been reviewed January 18. But, frankly, we'll see...


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Source: Pitchfork Best New Albums
Albums available on Spotify: 43 out of 47 (91,48%)

(links lead to Pitchfork reviews,  Pitchfork-like votes are Pitchfork votes, new entries/additions are in bold)

Dye It Blonde (Smith Westerns, 8.4)
Kaputt (Destroyer, 8.8)
Zonoscope (Cut Copy, 8.6)
James Blake (James Blake, 9.0)
Let England Shake (PJ Harvey, 8.8)
Space Is Only Noise (Nicolas Jaar, 8.4)
Ravedeath, 1972 (Tim Hecker, 8.6)
The Magic Place (Julianna Barwick, 8.5)
Underneath the Pine (Toro Y Moi, 8.4)
Wounded Rhymes (Lykke Li, 8.3)
Smoke Ring For My Halo (Kurt Vile, 8.4)
House of Balloons (The Weeknd, 8.5)
Belong (The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, 8.2)
Tomboy (Panda Bear, 8.5)
w h o k i l l (tUnE-yArDs, 8.8)
Return of 4Eva (Big K.R.I.T., 8.2)
Wit's End (Cass McCombs, 8.4)
The Book of David (Dj Quik, 8.4)
Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes, 8.8)
Eye Contact (Gang Gang Dance, 8.5)
Past Life Martyred Saints (EMA, 8.5)
Burst Apart (The Antlers, 8.2)
Cults (Cults, 8.5)
David Comes To Life (Fucked Up, 8.6)
Bon Iver (Bon Iver, 9.5)
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (WU LYF, 8.4)
Black Up (Shabazz Palaces, 8.8)
New Brigade (Iceage, 8.4)
Electronic Dream (AraabMuzik, 8.2)
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (John Maus, 8.4)
Within and Without (Washed Out, 8.3)
Watch the Throne (Jay-Z / Kanye West, 8.5)
Slave Ambient (The War on Drugs, 8.3)
Looping State of Mind (The Field, 8.5)
Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Girls, 9.3)
Strange Mercy (St. Vincent, 9.0)
Celestial Lineage (Wolves in the Throne Room, 8.6)
The Year of Hibernation (Youth Lagoon, 8.4)
Awake (Trash Talk, 8.2)
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (M83, 9.1)
Days (Real Estate, 8.7)
Parallax (Atlas Sound, 8.7)
LIVELOVEA$AP (A$ap Rocky, 8.2)
Replica (Oneohtrix Point Never, 8.8)
Take Care (Drake, 8.6)
50 Words For Snow (Kate Bush, 8.5)
Sepalcure (Sepalcure, 8.4)

Listen to it on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0576)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0577)

Previously about Pitchfork:
Best 50 Songs of 2011
Top 50 Albums of 2011
Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s
Top 100 Albums of the 1980s
The Pitchfork 500
(and more)

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