Best of 2011, So Far: In Brief

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On most Fridays, Treble publishes a “Reviews in Brief” summary of the week’s album reviews, shortened to 140-character, Twitter-friendly capsules. And now that the year is half over, we’ve assembled a round-up of our 30 favorite records of the year so far, summarized in brief, one-line fashion. It’s been a damn good year so far, and here’s what’s made the first six months a success.

Briefs written and compiled by Jeff Terich, Justin Stephani, Chris Karman and Paul Glanting.


All Tiny CreaturesHarbors (Hometapes)

A post-Animal Collective reincarnate of Jim O’Rourke by way of Wisconsin.

Rating: 8 out of 10 li’l critters
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The AntlersBurst Apart (Frenchkiss)

Out of the ER and into a dreamscape.

Rating: 8 out of 10 parentheses
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AustraFeel It Break (Domino)

Hounds of love howl in a Homogenic Happy House.

Rating: 8 out of 10 darkened horses.
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Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)

Never before has a record garnered such apt use of the word “pastoral.”

Rating: 8 out of 10 Adderal prescriptions
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Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4eva (Self-released)

Loudmouthed teens notwithstanding, K.R.I.T. leads the pack of today’s best rappers/producers.

Rating: 9 out of 10 third coast references
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BorisAttention Please (Sargent House)

The faintest doom metal rumble beneath a sleek shoegazer exterior.

Rating: 8 out of 10 Les Paul custom ’68s
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Cut CopyZonoscope (Modular)

New wave Aussie disco party with sophisti-pop on the guestlist.

Rating: 9 out of 10 nite versions.
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DestroyerKaputt (Merge)

Smooth, sultry, sax-laden atmosphere that leaves you swooning in your cutoffs.

Rating: 9 out of 10 worthwhile retro forays
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Dirty BeachesBadlands (Zoo Music)

Pop music so filthy dirty with drone and fuzz it’s liable to incite acid flashbacks. Beware.

Rating: 8 out of 10 artsy hallucinations
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EMAPast Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)

Brutally honest confessionals set high water mark for diary entries on tape.

Rating: 8 out of 10 dismissals of the golden state
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