Spinner's 40 Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
78
417 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Pop (6), Indie Rock (6), Chillwave (3), Rock (3), Soul (2), Art Pop (2), Electronic (2), Experimental (2), Alternative Rock (2), Hip Hop (2), R&B (2), Dream Pop (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Synthpop (1), Blues (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Psychedelic (1), Lo-Fi (1), Shoegaze (1), Folk (1), Trip Hop (1), Indie Folk (1)

1. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81
43 ratings

2. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86
73 ratings

3. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
26 ratings

4. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
September 27, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
72
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
17 ratings

5. Tennis - Cape Dory

Tennis - Cape Dory
January 18, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
68
9 ratings

6. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
74
46 ratings

7. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
85
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
20 ratings

8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
88
189 ratings

9. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions

The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
November 1, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
99
9 reviews
USER SCORE
90
16 ratings

10. Cults - Cults

Cults - Cults
June 7, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
76
43 ratings

11. Atlas Sound - Parallax

Atlas Sound - Parallax
November 8, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82
41 ratings

12. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
22 reviews
USER SCORE
86
117 ratings

13. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
82
26 ratings

14. Neon Indian - Era Extrana

Neon Indian - Era Extrana
September 13, 2011
Chillwave
CRITIC SCORE
74
14 reviews
USER SCORE
76
21 ratings

15. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP

A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
October 31, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
41 ratings

16. Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships

Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships
August 23, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

17. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
21 reviews
USER SCORE
87
130 ratings

18. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
81 ratings

19. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
July 26, 2011
Trip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
71
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78
12 ratings

20. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
39 ratings

21. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82
63 ratings

22. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
CRITIC SCORE
71
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
53 ratings

23. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys

Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
64
15 reviews
USER SCORE
71
18 ratings

24. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83
85 ratings

25. Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital

Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
June 28, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
12 reviews
USER SCORE
77
3 ratings

26. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
82
42 ratings

27. Zola Jesus - Conatus

Zola Jesus - Conatus
October 4, 2011
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
72
15 ratings

28. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On

Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
April 5, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
83
8 ratings

29. Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine

Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
February 22, 2011
Chillwave
CRITIC SCORE
78
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
31 ratings

30. Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming

Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming
January 25, 2011
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
5 reviews
USER SCORE
72
3 ratings

31. Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
April 5, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77
11 ratings

32. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
18 reviews
USER SCORE
79
44 ratings

33. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83
100 ratings

34. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83
48 ratings

35. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82
86 ratings

36. Carter Tanton - Freeclouds

Carter Tanton - Freeclouds
November 15, 2011
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
68
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

37. The Kills - Blood Pressures

The Kills - Blood Pressures
April 5, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
76
17 ratings

38. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
86
19 reviews
USER SCORE
84
84 ratings

39. Pujol - Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Pujol - Nasty, Brutish, and Short
October 18, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
78
1 rating

40. The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave

The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave
April 5, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
13 reviews
USER SCORE
76
5 ratings
Original Source: http://www.spinner.com/2011/12/14/best-albums-of-2011-list/

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