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musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

It's another step nearer the masterpiece this band are increasingly capable of delivering.

48. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

June 20, 2011
Critic Score
70
19 reviews

It is, all in, absolute genius.

47. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

This is one of the most defiantly traditional, non-radical and deceptively simple albums in recent memory.

46. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

March 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Where past albums touched upon all manners of influences and genres, Smoke Ring For My Halo seems content to plant its flag into barren soil.

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

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

Mogwai are eager to showcase their new ideas within the first few tracks of this release, eager to prove they are still a band with plenty of fresh concepts.

44. Zomby - Dedication

July 12, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Dedication is an outstanding example of the possible emotional depth and breadth of electronic music.

41. Nils Frahm - Felt

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

Each carefully considered vignette on Felt carries tiny melodic fragments and taken together they reaffirm Frahm’s special ability to infuse his piano solos with considerable poignancy and emotional weight.

39. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

May 17, 2011
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

37. GusGus - Arabian Horse

GusGus - Arabian Horse
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

36. Washed Out - Within and Without

July 12, 2011
Critic Score
71
27 reviews

They’ve succeeded in making an album that does well to second-guess its listener, whilst never disowning the sound that first brought Greene to the foreground.

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

August 8, 2011
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

The album overall is wholly inconsistent, with weak raps and weak productions poking holes through the greatness that's present.

34. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

March 1, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

At other times, the album works magnificently; more so than anything on her breakthrough debut.

33. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

The hooky riffs and unforgiving pace make it a fantastic rock album in itself.

32. Azari & III - Azari & III

August 1, 2011
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

31. Friendly Fires - Pala

May 24, 2011
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

It seems Pala is Friendly Fires' successful attempt to translate their positivity-injected carnival live performances into a record.

30. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

April 26, 2011
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Individual elements don't feel complex, but their composition is astoundingly swallowing, and there are clever, attentive niblets of sound that add intrigue.

29. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

This album will inevitably disappoint those who had their hopes pinned on Blake producing the definitive instrumental dubstep masterpiece.

28. Beirut - The Rip Tide

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

This is the most consistently impressive Beirut record yet.

27. I Break Horses - Hearts

August 23, 2011
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

24. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Each listen reveals another layer, and the album wears incredibly well over obsessive revisiting.

23. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

Some of the experiments here may work better than others in the long term, but it is far better that Beam is an artist prepared to take risks.

22. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

This is another intriguing evolution for one of the country's great bands, and a shot in the arm for Britain's rather moribund 'indie guitar' scene.

17. Slow Club - Paradise

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

16. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

They've recorded another Elbow album, full of quiet introspection, subtly life-affirming melodies and the usual brilliant lyrical sketches of Northern life.

16. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

November 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

It’s absorbing and enchanting without having to resort to formulaic song structures, pop thrills or radio-friendly catchiness.

14. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

In the space of just over half an hour it has been possible to experience a full gamut of feelings, our sympathies firmly siding with our nameless host.

13. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

It's certainly among his most concentrated and well crafted works - the best since Harmony In Ultraviolet and arguably the most successful of them all.

12. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
77
31 reviews

King Of Limbs is a subtle, muti-layered affair - surprisingly low-key in places, and it certainly won't win back any fans who checked out in the late '90s.

9. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

It may not be leaps and bounds ahead of previous St Vincent releases, but this is a rich and multi-faceted album to pay close attention to.

8. Björk - Biophilia

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

There is a sense of individuality in its thematic concerns and in its use of specially constructed instruments, but in essence it feels like a synthesis of Björk’s work thus far (albeit a brilliant one).

7. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Skying has a new swagger and panache, but it also possesses that lightness of touch which was first audible in Primary Colours.

5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

Those who approach Bon Iver with open minds and open ears will with repeated listens find that Vernon has not strayed too far from his original raison d'etre.

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

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

There's an energy and atmosphere to w h o k i l l which seems to just pour off the record.

3. Wild Beasts - Smother

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Smother is touching and majestic, a surprise of juxtaposition that is at once both plaintive and emotional, strident and libidinous.

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

Loose and sparse as it is, Let England Shake serves much the same function, lingering in the mind long after its engrossing runtime.

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