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Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2011

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

47. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

March 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

The LP marks the first time Vile has seemed utterly unsure of himself.

45. Tiziana Bertoncini and Thomas Lehn - Horsky Park

Tiziana Bertoncini and Thomas Lehn - Horsky Park
April 1, 2011
Critic Score
90
1 review

44. The Psychic Paramount - II

The Psychic Paramount - II
February 22, 2011
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

43. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

42. Zomby - Dedication

July 12, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

41. Fabio Orsi - Stand Before Me Oh My Soul

Fabio Orsi - Stand Before Me Oh My Soul
January 18, 2011
Critic Score
70
1 review

39. Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa - Suara Naga

Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa - Suara Naga
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

37. Telebossa - Telebossa

Telebossa - Telebossa
May 20, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

36. Future Islands - On The Water

Future Islands - On The Water
October 11, 2011
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
It’s either an existential dilemma or a celebration of cosmic circularity, and by implicating themselves in the dilemma, Future Islands have landed on terra incognita, and it’s an exciting discovery.

34. Panda Bear - Tomboy

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

With efforts like this one, Panda Bear and his coterie have established a genuinely avant-garde movement in America.

33. Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. III

Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. III
March 25, 2011
Critic Score
80
1 review

30. Lil B - I'm Gay (I'm Happy)

Lil B - I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
June 29, 2011
Critic Score
64
9 reviews

29. Oh Sees - Castlemania

Oh Sees - Castlemania
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

27. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

26. Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw

Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw
August 16, 2011
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
McMahon is, more than ever now, doing for psych what everyone told me Dungen was doing for psych back in 2004

24. Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings

Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings
September 27, 2011
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

22. Death Grips - Exmilitary

April 26, 2011
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

21. James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
73
6 reviews

Besides adhering to his familiar sonic longings and rather than dampening the message, Far Side Virtual succeeds in exciting the collective memory of that generation now so conjoined to its technological appendages.

20. DJ Rashad - Just A Taste Vol. 1

DJ Rashad - Just A Taste Vol. 1
December 13, 2010
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

19. Sean McCann - The Capital

Sean McCann - The Capital
March 1, 2011
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

17. Dirty Beaches - Badlands

March 29, 2011
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

These tape-worn tunes are like alternate takes from an alternate universe.

16. KWJAZ - KWJAZ

KWJAZ - KWJAZ
August 1, 2011
Critic Score
70
1 review

15. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

April 5, 2011
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

14. Peaking Lights - 936

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

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

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

This album demands your open-minded attention on its own terms, and it ends up teaching you how to listen to it in a new way.

11. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

10. Demdike Stare - Tryptych

Demdike Stare - Tryptych
January 24, 2011
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

9. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

Kaputt is a rare work of historical interpretation and pop artistry, full of beauty and wonder.

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

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Pitiless Censors is a sparkling album, a lo-fi synth pop masterpiece that manages to give endless aural delights while still being intellectually engaging, and despite having been caught at the center of a whirlpool of current movements, all of which reflect some aspect of Maus’ style, he has only cemented his identity as a singular, unimpeachable figure.

6. Grouper - A I A : Dream Loss

Grouper - A I A : Dream Loss
April 11, 2011
Critic Score
77
1 review

6. Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer

April 11, 2011
Critic Score
81
1 review

5. DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik

DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
August 30, 2011
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

2. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

It’s a desperately lonely set of songs that will certainly take time to settle, but there could be no better time to start doing so than the dead of winter.

Original Source: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2011-favorite-50-albums-2011
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