NPR Listeners' Favorite Albums of 2011

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50. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
March 8, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
24 reviews
User Score
72
29 reviews

49. 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

48. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome
May 17, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
73
23 reviews
User Score
77
20 reviews

47. 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

46. 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
82
133 reviews

45. Real Estate - Days

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

44. Washed Out - Within and Without

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

43. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
75
188 reviews

42. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
User Score
79
84 reviews

41. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
April 12, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
82
13 reviews
User Score
77
12 reviews

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

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
April 26, 2011
Post-Rock
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
75
42 reviews

39. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
May 3, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
72
38 reviews

38. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
June 7, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
72
226 reviews

37. The Roots - Undun

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

36. 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

35. Wye Oak - Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian
March 8, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
80
41 reviews

34. The Strokes - Angles

The Strokes - Angles
March 22, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
69
31 reviews
User Score
71
163 reviews

33. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
October 11, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
73
24 reviews
User Score
75
18 reviews

32. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
93 reviews

31. The Antlers - Burst Apart

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

30. Childish Gambino - Camp

Childish Gambino - Camp
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
16 reviews
User Score
59
96 reviews

29. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
80
136 reviews

28. The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart
April 19, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
55
11 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

27. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
68
286 reviews

26. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

25. James Blake - James Blake

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

24. Cults - Cults

Cults - Cults
June 7, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
77
82 reviews

23. 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

22. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
October 25, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
65
27 reviews
User Score
61
198 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
243 reviews

20. Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Bright Eyes - The People's Key
February 15, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
67
25 reviews
User Score
68
34 reviews

19. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
29 reviews
User Score
76
36 reviews

18. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

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

17. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys

Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
66
21 reviews
User Score
69
51 reviews

16. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
February 1, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
81
12 reviews

15. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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

14. 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
26 reviews
User Score
82
169 reviews

13. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
January 25, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
80
30 reviews
User Score
76
45 reviews

12. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
79
85 reviews

11. 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

10. Foster the People - Torches

Foster the People - Torches
May 24, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
64
16 reviews
User Score
73
125 reviews

9. Beirut - The Rip Tide

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

8. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
78
219 reviews

7. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
77
74 reviews

6. The Black Keys - El Camino

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

5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
77
31 reviews
User Score
78
477 reviews

4. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
January 18, 2011
Folk Rock
Critic Score
72
28 reviews
User Score
74
54 reviews

3. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
77
277 reviews

2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

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

1. 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
Original Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143717007/listeners-pick-their-favorite-albums-of-2011?ft=1&f=37&sc=tw

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