I listen to a lot of music, but I simply can’t listen to everything. That’s why I’m saying explicitly that this is not a “best of” list. This is just my opinion, my favorite records of the year. If I listened to more albums, there may have been some others on this list as well, but 2011 is over, and this is what I’ve come up with. I am numbering them, but the main ranking is through tiers. The first tier consists of my favorite albums and the ones I consider to be objectively excellent. The second tier consists of my other favorite albums, ones that were just a step below my top five. The third tier is honorable mentions. These albums are fantastic as well, but for one reason or another, they didn’t make the final cut.
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