No real change in presentation here from last year; two lists of albums strictly in order alphabetical by artist. The difference is that this year I'm going to publish the lists first and, only when you have had a week to consider (and comment - see below), shall I add the links and my thoughts on why they are included and, perhaps, others are not.
In no way is this intended to be a balanced list, far from it in fact: It is quite utterly biased to what has caught my attention in a lasting way in 2011.
- Adele - 21
- Amy LaVere - Stranger Me
- Austra - Feel It Break
- Bella Hardy - Songs Lost and Stolen
- Emily Barker - Almanac
- Esben and The Witch - Violet Cries
- Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
- Lanterns On The Lake - Gracious Tide, Take Me Home
- Seapony - Go With Me
- Thea Gilmore - John Wesley Harding
- Widowspeak - Widowspeak
- Yuck - Yuck
I'll attempt to answer valid questions and comments either in comments of my own in reply or in a more general 'round-up' post.