American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
76
372 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Folk (12), Alt-Country (10), Singer-Songwriter (8), Country (5), Indie Folk (4), Rock (4), Indie Pop (3), Indie Rock (3), Soul (1), Art Pop (1), Southern Rock (1), Experimental Rock (1), Alternative Rock (1), Folk Rock (1), Blues (1), Garage Rock (1)

1. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
16 reviews
USER SCORE
76
23 ratings

2. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
81
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
8 ratings

3. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
74
52 ratings

4. Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots

Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
February 15, 2011
Southern Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
4 ratings

5. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

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

6. Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
February 15, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
78
7 reviews
USER SCORE
77
2 ratings

7. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
April 12, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
79
7 reviews
USER SCORE
77
4 ratings

8. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
September 6, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
77
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84
2 ratings

9. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82
89 ratings

10. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
18 reviews
USER SCORE
79
45 ratings

11. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

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

12. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest
April 12, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
7 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

13. Lucinda Williams - Blessed

Lucinda Williams - Blessed
March 1, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
72
2 ratings

14. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
12 ratings

15. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

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

16. Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
November 1, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75
5 ratings

17. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
February 8, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
77
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

18. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
October 11, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
70
15 reviews
USER SCORE
77
8 ratings

19. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
23 reviews
USER SCORE
80
133 ratings

20. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
September 13, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83
16 ratings

21. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

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

22. Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Bright Eyes - The People's Key
February 15, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
70
17 reviews
USER SCORE
66
13 ratings

23. The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow
February 1, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
78
5 reviews
USER SCORE
87
5 ratings

24. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
80
33 ratings

25. Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down

Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
May 17, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
82
4 reviews
USER SCORE
84
1 rating

26. Pieta Brown - Mercury

Pieta Brown - Mercury
September 27, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
70
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

27. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

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

28. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
22 reviews
USER SCORE
86
141 ratings

29. A.A. Bondy - Believers

A.A. Bondy - Believers
September 13, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
89
2 ratings

30. The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida

The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida
May 10, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79
2 ratings

31. Robert Ellis - Photographs

Robert Ellis - Photographs
July 5, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
68
4 reviews
USER SCORE
64
1 rating

32. 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
21 ratings

33. honeyhoney - Billy Jack

honeyhoney - Billy Jack
October 24, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

34. Joe Henry - Reverie

Joe Henry - Reverie
October 11, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
83
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

35. KORT - Invariable Heartache

KORT - Invariable Heartache
April 26, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
79
7 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

36. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Vol. 2

Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Vol. 2
July 5, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
74
5 reviews
USER SCORE
62
1 rating

37. Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
April 26, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
69
1 rating

38. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83
88 ratings

39. Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose

Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
March 29, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
66
12 reviews
USER SCORE
78
1 rating

40. The Middle East - I Want That You Are Always Happy

The Middle East - I Want That You Are Always Happy
July 12, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
61
4 reviews
USER SCORE
92
1 rating

41. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
53 ratings

42. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
November 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73
14 ratings

43. Jonny Corndawg - Down on the Bikini Line

Jonny Corndawg - Down on the Bikini Line
August 29, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
69
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

44. Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate

Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate
February 15, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

45. JEFF the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions

JEFF the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions
June 21, 2011
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
59
1 rating

46. Loney, Dear - Hall Music

Loney, Dear - Hall Music
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
65
11 reviews
USER SCORE
76
1 rating

47. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now

Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
August 9, 2010
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

48. Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge

Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge
January 11, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
80
2 ratings

49. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
32 ratings

50. Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz
June 21, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
73
1 rating
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/11/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2011/6/

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