Top 25 ATL Albums of 2011

Top 25 ATL Albums of 2011

This year I had much greater difficulty putting together a list of my favorite local albums than I did a non-local list. And that makes me proud. Not proud for myself, of course, but of this city and the wealth of musical talent it produces. There were more genuinely great local albums produced in 2011 than I can ever remember in my eight years living here, and narrowing them all down to a reasonable number proved to be a much more arduous task than I ever could have thought. And yet, here we are.

The caveats and criteria remain the same as last year. While I certainly could have put together separate lists for full-lengths and EPs, I felt as if a single comprehensive post would provide a more accurate assessment of Atlanta music in 2011 (at least from my point of view) so both are included here. And once again I have omitted any Atlanta-based band with a strong national presence. So no Mastodon (seriously, though, The Hunter totally slays). No Manchester Orchestra (has some strong moments, but overall not as as consistent as Mean Everything to Nothing). No Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox’s best work under the moniker) or Black Lips (still not sold). You get the drift. I love some of those bands, and they all do amazing work representing and promoting our city, but I will always want this list to represent those artists that live and breathe the Atlanta music scene on a daily basis. Sound good?

Okay then, enough talk. Click on the next page to get to the picks.