Best of 2011: The Los Angeles Times’ Top 10 Pop Albums

PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
10. F-ed Up’s “David Comes to Life” (Matador Records)
9. Eleanor Friedberger’s “Last Summer” (Merge)
8. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins’ “Diamond Mine” (Domino)
7. Shabazz Palaces’ “Black Up” (Sub Pop)
6. James Pants’ “James Pants” (Stones Throw)
5. Adele’s “21” (Columbia Records)
4. Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me” (Anti- Records)
3. Frank Ocean’s “Nostalgia, Ultra” (tumblr download)
2. Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer’s “Re: ECM” (ECM Records)
1. PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake” (Vagrant/Island/Def Jam)

By Randall Roberts of The Los Angeles Times

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2 Responses to “Best of 2011: The Los Angeles Times’ Top 10 Pop Albums”

  1. What qualifies something as “pop” anymore?

    It’s actually a good list. I’m just confused by the label.

  2. Greg says:

    Kevin – In the case of the LA Times or other big city papers, “pop” is likely a somewhat all-encompassing term for popular music. I assume that’s to differentiate it from classical (and maybe jazz), which are music genres probably covered by other dedicated critics.

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