Prefix's Top Albums of 2011

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1. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
User Score
84
83 reviews

2. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
84
109 reviews

3. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
User Score
82
64 reviews

4. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
User Score
80
32 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
80
102 reviews

6. 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
22 reviews
User Score
83
104 reviews

7. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
83
105 reviews

8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
87
258 reviews

9. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

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

10. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
82
93 reviews

11. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
83
135 reviews

12. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
82
19 reviews
User Score
79
52 reviews

13. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
79
43 reviews

14. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
23 reviews
User Score
86
166 reviews

15. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
February 22, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
81
20 reviews

16. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
User Score
86
207 reviews

17. Panda Bear - Tomboy

Panda Bear - Tomboy
April 12, 2011
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
82
78 reviews

18. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
75
12 reviews

19. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

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

20. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
86
175 reviews

21. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

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

22. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
79
47 reviews

23. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
79
167 reviews

24. 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
81
21 reviews

25. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
79
22 reviews

26. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
April 5, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
81
18 reviews

27. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
81
68 reviews

28. Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen

Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
March 29, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

29. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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

30. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
81
39 reviews

31. Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
March 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
78
2 reviews

32. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
81
27 reviews

33. Cass McCombs - WIT'S END

Cass McCombs - WIT'S END
April 26, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
77
8 reviews

34. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
80
32 reviews

35. Atlas Sound - Parallax

Atlas Sound - Parallax
November 8, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
81
54 reviews

36. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

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

37. Dirty Beaches - Badlands

Dirty Beaches - Badlands
March 29, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
73
12 reviews

38. Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings
January 25, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
74
17 reviews

39. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
80
61 reviews

40. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
78
16 reviews

41. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
88
23 reviews
User Score
86
147 reviews

42. Grails - Deep Politics

Grails - Deep Politics
March 8, 2011
Post-Rock
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
82
5 reviews

43. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre
May 10, 2011
Jazz
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

44. Peaking Lights - 936

Peaking Lights - 936
February 8, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
80
8 reviews

45. Clams Casino - Instrumental

Clams Casino - Instrumental
March 2, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
79
15 reviews

46. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
November 8, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
84
46 reviews

47. Young Widows - In and Out of Youth and Lightness

Young Widows - In and Out of Youth and Lightness
April 12, 2011
Noise Rock
Critic Score
67
5 reviews
User Score
NR

48. Beyoncé - 4

Beyoncé - 4
June 28, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
73
41 reviews

49. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
February 15, 2011
Post-Rock
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
User Score
80
26 reviews

50. Vetiver - The Errant Charm

Vetiver - The Errant Charm
June 14, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
72
10 reviews
User Score
80
1 review
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