As a person who has struggled with depression for a rather substantial fraction of their life, I find very few recordings adequately express what the experience of the illness is actually like. This one does. It has some other strengths: it's absolutely terrifying, and it sounds like little else in the history of recorded music. And yet, despite its bleakness, it's also comforting and, strangely, beautiful in a way that few other records are. It's probably the best album of 2011.