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

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
User Score
82
42 reviews

49. Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Black Metal
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
User Score
78
22 reviews

48. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre
May 10, 2011
Jazz
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
83
15 reviews

47. 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
103 reviews

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

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46. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - A Winged Victory for the Sullen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen - A Winged Victory for the Sullen
September 13, 2011
Ambient
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
85
13 reviews

45. Tiziana Bertoncini and Thomas Lehn - Horsky Park

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

44. The Psychic Paramount - II

The Psychic Paramount - II
February 22, 2011
Noise Rock
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
79
4 reviews

43. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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

42. Zomby - Dedication

Zomby - Dedication
July 12, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
78
9 reviews

41. Fabio Orsi - Stand Before Me Oh My Soul

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

40. Kreng - Grimoire

Kreng - Grimoire
June 3, 2011
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
NR
User Score
74
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
User Score
NR

38. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I

Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
February 22, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
79
10 reviews

37. Telebossa - Telebossa

Telebossa - Telebossa
May 20, 2011
Jazz
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
77
1 review

36. Future Islands - On The Water

Future Islands - On The Water
October 11, 2011
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
79
38 reviews

35. The Men - Leave Home

The Men - Leave Home
May 24, 2011
Noise Rock
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

34. Panda Bear - Tomboy

Panda Bear - Tomboy
April 12, 2011
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
81
111 reviews

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

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33. Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. III

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

32. 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
233 reviews

31. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

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

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

Lil B - I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
June 29, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
70
8 reviews
User Score
66
19 reviews

29. Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania

Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
May 10, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
74
11 reviews
User Score
75
13 reviews

28. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream

Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream
November 15, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
79
26 reviews

27. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
84
162 reviews

26. Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw

Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw
August 16, 2011
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
85
3 reviews
McMahon is, more than ever now, doing for psych what everyone told me Dungen was doing for psych back in 2004
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25. Hype Williams - One Nation

Hype Williams - One Nation
May 31, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
74
3 reviews

24. Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings

Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings
September 27, 2011
Noise Rock
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
74
1 review

23. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

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

22. Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - Exmilitary
April 26, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
84
145 reviews

21. James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual

James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
October 25, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
73
6 reviews
User Score
80
8 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.

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20. DJ Rashad - Just A Taste Vol. 1

DJ Rashad - Just A Taste Vol. 1
January 18, 2011
Juke
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

19. Sean McCann - The Capital

Sean McCann - The Capital
March 1, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
77
2 reviews
User Score
90
1 review

18. The Flaming Lips - Strobo Trip Light & Audio Phase Illusions Toy

The Flaming Lips - Strobo Trip Light & Audio Phase Illusions Toy
September 20, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
94
2 reviews

17. Dirty Beaches - Badlands

Dirty Beaches - Badlands
March 29, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
75
19 reviews

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

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16. KWJAZ - KWJAZ

KWJAZ - KWJAZ
August 1, 2011
Psychedelic
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

15. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
April 5, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
81
25 reviews

14. Peaking Lights - 936

Peaking Lights - 936
February 8, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
77
11 reviews

13. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

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

12. 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
140 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.

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11. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
85
14 reviews
User Score
85
77 reviews

10. Demdike Stare - Tryptych

Demdike Stare - Tryptych
January 24, 2011
Dub
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

9. Destroyer - Kaputt

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

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

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8. 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

7. 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

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.

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6. Grouper - A I A : Dream Loss

Grouper - A I A : Dream Loss
April 11, 2011
Ambient
Critic Score
77
1 review
User Score
81
7 reviews

6. Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer

Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer
April 11, 2011
Ambient
Critic Score
81
1 review
User Score
83
13 reviews

5. DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik

DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
August 30, 2011
Juke
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

4. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
June 21, 2011
Ambient
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
81
39 reviews

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

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

2. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
85
328 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.

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1. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
November 8, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
85
94 reviews
Original Source: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2011-favorite-50-albums-2011

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