SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011

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50. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
March 29, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
70
15 reviews
User Score
71
72 reviews

49. YOB - Atma

YOB - Atma
August 16, 2011
Doom Metal
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
86
3 reviews

48. Cliff Martinez - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Cliff Martinez - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
October 11, 2011
Critic Score
76
3 reviews
User Score
75
11 reviews

47. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
14 reviews
User Score
79
14 reviews

46. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
76
75 reviews

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

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45. Azari & III - Azari & III

Azari & III - Azari & III
August 1, 2011
House
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

44. The Roots - Undun

The Roots - Undun
December 6, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
83
55 reviews

43. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
July 2, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
User Score
84
242 reviews

42. Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church - Chief
July 26, 2011
Country
Critic Score
72
6 reviews
User Score
61
3 reviews

41. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
81
123 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
78
179 reviews

39. Beyoncé - 4

Beyoncé - 4
June 28, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
23 reviews
User Score
72
107 reviews

38. Zola Jesus - Conatus

Zola Jesus - Conatus
October 4, 2011
Psychedelic
Critic Score
75
23 reviews
User Score
73
28 reviews

37. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
81
35 reviews

36. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
79
170 reviews

35. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
72
26 reviews
User Score
79
104 reviews

34. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
277 reviews

33. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
85
282 reviews

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

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
February 15, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
78
2 reviews

31. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
79
72 reviews

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
25 reviews
User Score
83
148 reviews

29. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
69
148 reviews
While most 21st-century pop stars pulverize their imperfections into an Auto-Tuned slurry, she boldly wears her audacity like a meat dress. Lady Gaga certainly wasn't born this way, but she's making a convincing case that she's evolving into our most surreally brilliant pop star.
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28. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
85
14 reviews
User Score
85
86 reviews

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
7 reviews
User Score
82
37 reviews

26. Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Black Metal
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
User Score
78
24 reviews

25. Cass McCombs - WIT'S END

Cass McCombs - WIT'S END
April 26, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

25. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
November 8, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
73
8 reviews

24. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
October 25, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
65
12 reviews
User Score
63
3 reviews

23. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
81
66 reviews

22. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
User Score
81
203 reviews

With Take Care, Drake has his accelerated Kanye West moment — when a little too much ambition and all the asshole feelings he's got inside coalesce into an insular, indulgent, sad-sack hip-hop epic.

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21. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
September 27, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
83
151 reviews

20. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
20 reviews
User Score
85
140 reviews

19. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
78
28 reviews
User Score
83
253 reviews

18. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
81
106 reviews

17. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
September 27, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
User Score
77
32 reviews

16. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
73
23 reviews

15. The Men - Leave Home

The Men - Leave Home
May 24, 2011
Noise Rock
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
79
24 reviews

14. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
User Score
86
449 reviews

Vernon re-accesses that potent sense of self on Bon Iver, a stunning sophomore set whose landscape-painting cover art underscores the idea that his songs inhabit their own psychological space.

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13. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
85
181 reviews

12. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

11. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
August 23, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
80
14 reviews

10. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
79
92 reviews

9. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
78
28 reviews

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

G-Side - The ONE...COHESIVE
January 3, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
NR

7. The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love

The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love
September 6, 2011
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
67
21 reviews
User Score
75
26 reviews

6. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
84
138 reviews

5. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
84
157 reviews

4. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
83
110 reviews

3. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
78
71 reviews

2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
27 reviews
User Score
86
238 reviews

1. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
80
47 reviews

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

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