My friend Diana from Club Underground, had suggested that I write a year-end album list. I started compiling one. Soon, however, I realized that I couldn’t add anything to the end-of-2011 conversation except for more gushing over M83.
In 2011, I had a few serious episodes of 1991 déjà vu punctuated by bouts of ennui that rivaled the summer after eighth grade. I blame the economy, or something. Point being, I revisited a lot of early 1990s albums this year and so it made more sense to compile the list of the best albums of 1991 now.
If you had asked me for a Top 10 list in 1991, it wouldn’t be this. Back in 1991, I would have added Morrissey’s Kill Uncle and Siouxsie and the Banshee’s Superstition just because I was a huge fan of the artists. I was in denial of the fact that they are both subpar albums. I also would have mentioned Nevermind. Needless to say that I’ve since tired of that album. However, many of the albums here would have been on my real 1991 list. Others I didn’t hear until a couple years later. Regardless, I think all of these are worth a few plays in 2011. Get to it.