Until we are ready to rank 2011's best albums in December, we will list the most important and prominent albums of the year, as we review them.
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde (85)
This group of raw garageheads out of Chicago have sharpened their pencils, tightened their guitar strings and crafted an instrumentally diverse and broad full length that surpasses its predecessor in pretty much every way. — Full Review
Tennis - Cape Dory (82)
Taken for what it is – a terrific collection of breezy pop and slow dance doo-wop – Cape Dory is undoubtedly a success. — Full Review