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American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2011

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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1. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

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 reviews

3. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
74
54 reviews

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
5 reviews

5. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
79
2 reviews

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 reviews

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
76
5 reviews

8. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
September 6, 2011
Country
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

9. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
81
97 reviews

10. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
79
46 reviews

11. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
85
20 reviews
User Score
83
21 reviews

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 reviews

14. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
79
13 reviews

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
221 reviews

16. Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
November 1, 2011
Country
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
75
5 reviews

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 reviews

19. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
79
141 reviews

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 reviews

21. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
86
21 reviews
User Score
86
150 reviews

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 reviews

23. The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow
February 1, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
86
7 reviews

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
36 reviews

25. Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down

Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
May 17, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
84
1 review

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 review

28. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
22 reviews
User Score
86
148 reviews

29. A.A. Bondy - Believers

A.A. Bondy - Believers
September 13, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
89
2 reviews

30. The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida

The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida
May 10, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
69
7 reviews
User Score
79
2 reviews

31. Robert Ellis - Photographs

Robert Ellis - Photographs
July 5, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
68
4 reviews
User Score
64
1 review

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
24 reviews

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 review

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 review

38. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
83
93 reviews

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 review

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
86
2 reviews

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
55 reviews

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 reviews

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 review

46. Loney, Dear - Hall Music

Loney, Dear - Hall Music
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
65
11 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

47. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now

Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
August 9, 2010
Alt-Country
Critic Score
77
8 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
3 reviews

49. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
81
34 reviews

50. Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

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

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