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RARB Picks of 2011

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2011 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2011 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to. Reviewers were also asked to select Songs of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the songs that they personally reviewed for RARB.

Picks

  1. Rhythm & Blue (Duke University) — House on Fire
  2. The Pitchforks (Duke University) — All In
  3. Purple Haze (Northwestern University) — Feed the Sound
  4. Rajaton — Tarinoita
  5. Cadence — Speak Easy
  6. Gabbahey — Andra sidan
  7. High Five — Dreh die Boxen auf
  8. Maybebop — Extrem nah dran
  9. On the Rocks (University of Oregon) — A Fifth
  10. The Sil'hooettes (University of Virginia) — Blackout
  11. Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago) — I Used to Live Alone

Honorable Mentions

  1. Bruin Harmony (UCLA) — No More Bets
  2. The Amalgamates (Tufts University) — Hands Off the Mannequin!
  3. Fleet Street Singers (Stanford University) — Through the Roof
  4. Postyr Project — Postyr Project
  5. The UVM Top Cats — Lacking Supervision

Songs of the Year

  1. Beautiful Child, The Sil'hooettes (University of Virginia) — Blackout
  2. Benjamin, The Amalgamates (Tufts University) — Hands Off the Mannequin!
  3. Boomerang, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago) — I Used to Live Alone
  4. Calling Out, The Pitchforks (Duke University) — All In
  5. Earth, XIV Hours (Durham Academy) — The Acapelican EP
  6. Eet, The Undertones (Northwestern University) — Boots and Cats
  7. En Vogue Medley, Purple Haze (Northwestern University) — Feed the Sound
  8. Giudizi universali, Maybe6ix — Maybe6ix
  9. He Is Born, Home Free — Christmas Vol. 1
  10. Helplessly Hoping, On the Rocks (University of Oregon) — A Fifth
  11. I'd Like To, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago) — I Used to Live Alone
  12. The lament (of my heart), Rajaton — Tarinoita
  13. Läs inga rader, Gabbahey — Andra sidan
  14. Love the Way You Lie, Rhythm & Blue (Duke University) — House on Fire
  15. The Moment (I Got Lost), On the Rocks (University of Oregon) — A Fifth
  16. Noël nouvelet, amarcord — Coming Home for Christmas
  17. On the Street Where You Live, Cadence — Speak Easy
  18. Onni, Rajaton — Tarinoita
  19. Soon We'll Be Found, The Penny Loafers (University of Pennsylvania) — The Cops Come at Midnight
  20. The Sun, Rhythm & Blue (Duke University) — House on Fire
  21. Taking Chances, The Scattertones (UCLA) — Wherever You Stand
  22. Thinkin' Bout You, Bruin Harmony (UCLA) — No More Bets
  23. Unafraid, Minor Variation (Wake Forest University) — Toward Home

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