Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2011

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25. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
User Score
79
84 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. 

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24. Fred Falke - Part IV

Fred Falke - Part IV
December 7, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
69
2 reviews
User Score
71
3 reviews

23. Ben Sollee - Inclusions

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

22. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

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

21. Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting

Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
February 15, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

20. Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town

Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town
September 6, 2011
Country
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
NR

19. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
User Score
81
57 reviews

18. Destroyer - Kaputt

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

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
243 reviews

16. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
User Score
84
447 reviews

15. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
June 20, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
18 reviews
User Score
71
7 reviews

14. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
300 reviews
Drake has grown tremendously in the year since he recorded his debut, reemerging as a more versatile performer and a more heartfelt songwriter.
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13. Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather

Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather
November 8, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
82
3 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
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
93 reviews

11. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
73
27 reviews

10. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
85
250 reviews

9. Wild Beasts - Smother

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

8. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Dance Pop
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
78
51 reviews

7. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
86
617 reviews

For much of Bon Iver, Vernon takes his cues from Volcano Choir, using an array of disparate instrumentation and looping effects to beautifully eerie effect.

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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
85
26 reviews
User Score
82
170 reviews

5. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
User Score
85
382 reviews

Clark’s bare, sedate St. Vincent persona is the highlight of Strange Mercy, reflecting all the terror, beauty, and allure of her music more effectively than any cantakerous narrator could muster.

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4. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

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

3. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
69
287 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.
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2. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
80
136 reviews

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
86
296 reviews
Original Source: http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/the-25-best-albums-of-2011/294/page_1

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