Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2011

Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Neon Indian - Era Extrana

Neon Indian - Era Extrana
September 13, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
76
53 reviews

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

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
March 8, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
72
20 reviews

48. British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall

British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
January 11, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
67
20 reviews
User Score
68
9 reviews

47. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
83
68 reviews

46. The Stepkids - The Stepkids

The Stepkids - The Stepkids
September 27, 2011
Psychedelic
Critic Score
68
5 reviews
User Score
NR

45. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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

There are surely treasures to be found in The King of Limbs, as the listens pile up ... However, the initial awe is simply not there, and the love-at-first-listen isn’t either.

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44. S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes

S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
October 4, 2011
Post-Punk
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
77
6 reviews

43. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
March 29, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
21 reviews
User Score
78
47 reviews

42. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
January 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
80
48 reviews

41. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
78
52 reviews

40. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
September 27, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
User Score
77
32 reviews

39. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
81
43 reviews

38. Friendly Fires - Pala

Friendly Fires - Pala
May 24, 2011
Indietronica
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
74
25 reviews

37. Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale

Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale
November 8, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
15 reviews
User Score
73
8 reviews

36. Metronomy - The English Riviera

Metronomy - The English Riviera
April 12, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
81
92 reviews

35. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

34. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
85
330 reviews

33. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

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

32. Atlas Sound - Parallax

Atlas Sound - Parallax
November 8, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
User Score
81
77 reviews

31. Hooray for Earth - True Loves

Hooray for Earth - True Loves
June 7, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

30. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
79
79 reviews

29. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
83
150 reviews

28. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Cut Copy - Zonoscope
February 8, 2011
Electropop
Critic Score
75
25 reviews
User Score
79
77 reviews

27. Wild Beasts - Smother

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

26. 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
83
104 reviews

25. Slow Club - Paradise

Slow Club - Paradise
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
74
9 reviews

24. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
User Score
85
194 reviews

23. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
78
24 reviews

22. 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
25 reviews
User Score
83
141 reviews

21. 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
16 reviews
User Score
81
45 reviews

20. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
80
58 reviews

19. Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine

Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
February 22, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
77
70 reviews

18. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
May 17, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

17. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

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

16. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
77
27 reviews

15. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys

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

14. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
81
101 reviews

13. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

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

12. I Break Horses - Hearts

I Break Horses - Hearts
August 23, 2011
Shoegaze
Critic Score
72
14 reviews
User Score
79
11 reviews

11. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
80
66 reviews

10. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
79
23 reviews

9. Washed Out - Within and Without

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

8. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
79
68 reviews
Yuck have managed to craft a surprisingly accomplished album for a band that's only a little more than a year old
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7. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

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

6. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

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

5. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
User Score
82
77 reviews

4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
85
263 reviews

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
User Score
87
416 reviews

It's a logical progression from Emma, and one that few artists have been able to make. Most try to return to their wallowing, to mine the same material that connected them with their audience in the first place. But Vernon deserves tremendous credit for wanting to express his hope and his joy.

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2. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
83
234 reviews

1. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
258 reviews
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