Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2011

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1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
88
24 reviews
User Score
86
158 reviews

2. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
80
60 reviews

3. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
68
16 reviews
User Score
66
63 reviews
When Gaga graduated to stadiums, her music clearly followed suit. There's nothing small about this album, and Gaga sings the shit out of every single track.

4. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
17 reviews
User Score
84
89 reviews

5. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
86
182 reviews

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

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
83
112 reviews

7. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
24 reviews
User Score
87
279 reviews

8. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Dance Pop
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
80
26 reviews

9. Wild Beasts - Smother

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

10. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
85
100 reviews

11. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
75
12 reviews

12. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

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

13. Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather

Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather
November 8, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
88
1 review

14. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
82
102 reviews
Drake has grown tremendously in the year since he recorded his debut, reemerging as a more versatile performer and a more heartfelt songwriter.

15. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
June 20, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
69
12 reviews
User Score
64
3 reviews

16. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
User Score
86
227 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
79
106 reviews

18. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
84
116 reviews

19. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
79
36 reviews

20. Hank 3 - Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town

Hank 3 - Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town
September 6, 2011
Country
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

21. Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting

Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
February 15, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

22. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
80
82 reviews

23. Ben Sollee - Inclusions

Ben Sollee - Inclusions
May 10, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
User Score
NR

24. Fred Falke - Part IV

Fred Falke - Part IV
December 7, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
65
1 review
User Score
69
1 review

25. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
79
50 reviews

It so effectively hits you warm in the gut with distortion and stick-to-your-ribs melodies that you won't just wish you were 20 again; you'll realize there's no subscribed age qualification for that wonderful feeling you get while listening to this record. 

Original Source: http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/the-25-best-albums-of-2011/294/page_1

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