SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
79
483 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Hip Hop (9), Indie Pop (3), Alternative Rock (3), Pop (3), Indie Rock (3), Folk (3), Indie Folk (2), Dream Pop (2), Experimental (2), Alt-Country (2), Rock (2), R&B (2), Disco (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Post-Punk (1), Doom Metal (1), Chillwave (1), Synthpop (1), Black Metal (1), Dubstep (1), Electronic (1), Drone (1), Alternative Dance (1), Psychedelic (1), Country (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Dance Punk (1), Lo-Fi (1), House (1), Art Pop (1), Noise Rock (1)

1. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80
27 ratings

It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.

2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87
127 ratings

3. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
81
44 ratings

4. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
51 ratings

5. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
83
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
83 ratings

6. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
83
47 ratings

7. The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love

The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love
September 6, 2011
Alternative Dance
CRITIC SCORE
65
17 reviews
USER SCORE
75
14 ratings

8. G-Side - The ONE...COHESIVE

G-Side - The ONE...COHESIVE
January 3, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

9. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
77
15 ratings

10. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81
44 ratings

11. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
August 23, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
9 ratings

12. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
12 reviews
USER SCORE
75
3 ratings

13. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86
78 ratings

14. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
88
199 ratings

15. The Men - Leave Home

The Men - Leave Home
May 24, 2011
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
6 reviews
USER SCORE
80
12 ratings

16. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
74
10 ratings

17. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
September 27, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
17 ratings

18. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
55 ratings

19. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83
107 ratings

20. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
87
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86
63 ratings

21. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
September 27, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
10 reviews
USER SCORE
85
85 ratings

22. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82
66 ratings

23. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83
38 ratings

24. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
October 25, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
64
12 reviews
USER SCORE
40
1 rating

25. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
November 8, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
71
3 ratings

25. Cass McCombs - WIT'S END

Cass McCombs - WIT'S END
April 26, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
74
12 reviews
USER SCORE
77
8 ratings

26. Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Black Metal
CRITIC SCORE
82
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84
10 ratings

27. Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva
March 22, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
6 reviews
USER SCORE
85
15 ratings

28. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
86
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85
40 ratings

29. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
65
16 reviews
USER SCORE
61
44 ratings

30. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
84
91 ratings

31. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
40 ratings

32. Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
February 15, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
78
7 reviews
USER SCORE
77
2 ratings

33. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
86
21 reviews
USER SCORE
87
139 ratings

34. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
22 reviews
USER SCORE
86
139 ratings

35. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
CRITIC SCORE
70
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
53 ratings

36. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82
88 ratings

37. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82
17 ratings

38. Zola Jesus - Conatus

Zola Jesus - Conatus
October 4, 2011
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
76
21 reviews
USER SCORE
73
17 ratings

39. Beyoncé - 4

Beyoncé - 4
June 28, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
19 reviews
USER SCORE
72
36 ratings

40. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
15 reviews
USER SCORE
79
72 ratings

41. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
82
45 ratings

42. Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church - Chief
July 26, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
72
4 reviews
USER SCORE
63
3 ratings

43. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
July 2, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
85
57 ratings

44. The Roots - Undun

The Roots - Undun
December 6, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83
27 ratings

45. Azari & III - Azari & III

Azari & III - Azari & III
August 1, 2011
House
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
77
3 ratings

46. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
29 ratings

It's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape.

47. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
81
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
8 ratings

48. Various Artists - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various Artists - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
October 11, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
76
3 reviews
USER SCORE
77
6 ratings

49. YOB - Atma

YOB - Atma
August 16, 2011
Doom Metal
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
86
3 ratings

50. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
March 29, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
12 reviews
USER SCORE
66
19 ratings
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/spins-50-best-albums-2011?page=0%2C0

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