Obscure Sound's Best Albums of 2011

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50. Dirty Beaches - Badlands

Dirty Beaches - Badlands
March 29, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
76
27 reviews

49. Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped

Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
August 2, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
67
14 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

48. Quichenight - Quichenight I

Quichenight - Quichenight I
May 31, 2011
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Matthew Herbert - One Pig

Matthew Herbert - One Pig
October 11, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

46. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
User Score
81
57 reviews

45. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
June 28, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
80
63 reviews

44. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
April 5, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
78
15 reviews
User Score
81
36 reviews

43. Man Man - Life Fantastic

Man Man - Life Fantastic
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

42. Neon Indian - Era Extrana

Neon Indian - Era Extrana
September 13, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
73
22 reviews
User Score
73
82 reviews

41. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
79
73 reviews

40. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
March 29, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
77
23 reviews

39. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
300 reviews

38. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Cut Copy - Zonoscope
February 8, 2011
Electropop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
84 reviews

37. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
86
615 reviews

36. Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler
June 14, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

35. mr. Gnome - Madness in Miniature

mr. Gnome - Madness in Miniature
October 25, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
60
2 reviews
User Score
78
1 review

34. Panda Bear - Tomboy

Panda Bear - Tomboy
April 12, 2011
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
80
133 reviews

33. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
November 8, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
75
9 reviews

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

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

31. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
User Score
82
308 reviews

30. Russian Circles - Empros

Russian Circles - Empros
October 25, 2011
Post-Rock
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
79
14 reviews

29. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
85
15 reviews
User Score
84
114 reviews

28. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

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

27. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On

Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
April 5, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
79
20 reviews

26. Grimes & d'Eon - Darkbloom

Grimes & d'Eon - Darkbloom
May 17, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
72
3 reviews
User Score
70
10 reviews

25. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town
October 4, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
80
7 reviews

24. The Black Keys - El Camino

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

23. NewVillager - New Villager

NewVillager - New Villager
August 16, 2011
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

22. Cass McCombs - WIT'S END

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

21. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
71
27 reviews
User Score
79
122 reviews

20. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
User Score
84
445 reviews

19. The Antlers - Burst Apart

The Antlers - Burst Apart
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
User Score
80
167 reviews

18. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
November 21, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
65 reviews

17. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
85
249 reviews

16. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
User Score
82
89 reviews

15. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage

Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
September 13, 2011
Black Metal
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
83
15 reviews

14. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
February 22, 2011
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
83
44 reviews

13. Junior Boys - It's All True

Junior Boys - It's All True
June 14, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
75
8 reviews

12. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
80
37 reviews

11. Toro y Moi - Underneath The Pine

Toro y Moi - Underneath The Pine
February 22, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
78
92 reviews

10. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
January 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
80
60 reviews

9. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

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

8. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
User Score
85
379 reviews

7. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

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

6. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
24 reviews
User Score
82
194 reviews

5. The Wind - Harum-Scarum

The Wind - Harum-Scarum
November 12, 2010
Power Pop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

4. Atlas Sound - Parallax

Atlas Sound - Parallax
November 8, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
80
98 reviews

3. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
85
28 reviews
User Score
82
58 reviews

2. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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

1. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
85
25 reviews
User Score
85
280 reviews
Original Source: http://obscuresound.com/2011/12/best-albums-of-2011-50-to-41/

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