Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 77
Based on 501 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Folk (9), Indie Rock (9), Indie Pop (7), Alt-Country (4), Indie Folk (3), Soul (2), Alternative Rock (2), Hip Hop (2), Rock (2), Experimental Rock (2), Folk Rock (1), Garage Rock (1), Dream Pop (1), Synthpop (1), Experimental (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Blues (1), Dubstep (1), Electropop (1), Art Pop (1), Electronic (1), Psychedelic Rock (1)

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
88

2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86

3. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79

4. 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
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84

5. Middle Brother - Middle Brother

Middle Brother - Middle Brother
March 1, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World
June 7, 2011
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
66
12 reviews
USER SCORE
76

7. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
16 reviews
USER SCORE
76

8. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
74
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79

9. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83

10. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
January 18, 2011
Folk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75

11. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
21 reviews
USER SCORE
86

12. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
January 25, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79

13. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

13. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80

14. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
73

15. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
October 25, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
64
12 reviews
USER SCORE
40

16. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81

17. The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow
February 1, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
86

18. Wye Oak - Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian
March 8, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80

19. Cults - Cults

Cults - Cults
June 7, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
76

20. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
80

21. Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming

Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming
January 25, 2011
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
73
5 reviews
USER SCORE
72

22. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82

23. The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade

The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
April 19, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

24. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
19 reviews
USER SCORE
79

25. The Antlers - Burst Apart

The Antlers - Burst Apart
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82

26. The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh

The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
February 22, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
11 reviews
USER SCORE
74

27. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
June 7, 2011
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82

28. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81

29. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
15 reviews
USER SCORE
80

30. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
85
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83

31. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
12 reviews
USER SCORE
75

32. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
October 11, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
71
15 reviews
USER SCORE
77

33. The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart
April 19, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
53
8 reviews
USER SCORE
65

34. Seryn - This Is Where We Are

Seryn - This Is Where We Are
January 25, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
74

35. Childish Gambino - Camp

Childish Gambino - Camp
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
62
13 reviews
USER SCORE
63

36. Mister Heavenly - Out of Love

Mister Heavenly - Out of Love
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83

37. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80

38. Over the Rhine - The Long Surrender

Over the Rhine - The Long Surrender
February 8, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
81
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

39. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
82
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78

The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.


40. Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud

Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud
July 19, 2011
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
81

41. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
85
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86

42. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77

43. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
March 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73

44. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83

45. Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose

Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
March 29, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
67
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78

46. Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
April 5, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77

47. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83

48. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

49. Mates of State - Mountaintops

Mates of State - Mountaintops
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

50. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
June 7, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
74

Original Source: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2011/11/the-50-best-albums-of-2011.html

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