American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2011

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz
June 21, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

49. Beirut - The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
81
52 reviews

48. Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge

Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge
January 11, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
81
4 reviews

47. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now

Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
August 9, 2010
Alt-Country
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
User Score
NR

46. Loney, Dear - Hall Music

Loney, Dear - Hall Music
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
65
11 reviews
User Score
77
3 reviews

45. JEFF the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions

JEFF the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions
June 21, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
User Score
59
1 review

44. Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate

Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate
February 15, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
NR

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

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
68
20 reviews
User Score
72
30 reviews

41. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
83
95 reviews

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
62
6 reviews
User Score
86
3 reviews

39. Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose

Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
March 29, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
67
13 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

38. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
82
139 reviews

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
72
10 reviews
User Score
69
1 review

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

35. KORT - Invariable Heartache

KORT - Invariable Heartache
April 26, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

34. Joe Henry - Reverie

Joe Henry - Reverie
October 11, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
NR

33. honeyhoney - Billy Jack

honeyhoney - Billy Jack
October 24, 2011
Country
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
NR

32. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
January 18, 2011
Folk Rock
Critic Score
72
26 reviews
User Score
73
39 reviews

31. Robert Ellis - Photographs

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

30. The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida

The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida
May 10, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
70
7 reviews
User Score
79
2 reviews

29. A.A. Bondy - Believers

A.A. Bondy - Believers
September 13, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
85
4 reviews

28. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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

27. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
October 25, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
65
12 reviews
User Score
56
2 reviews

26. Pieta Brown - Mercury

Pieta Brown - Mercury
September 27, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
NR

25. Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down

Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
May 17, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
73
2 reviews

24. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
August 16, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
80
56 reviews

23. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
February 1, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
82
10 reviews

22. Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Bright Eyes - The People's Key
February 15, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
67
24 reviews
User Score
68
27 reviews

21. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
86
245 reviews

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

Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
September 13, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
79
23 reviews

19. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
77
28 reviews
User Score
79
260 reviews

18. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
October 11, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
User Score
73
14 reviews

17. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
February 8, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

16. Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
November 1, 2011
Country
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
77
6 reviews

15. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
User Score
87
379 reviews

Vernon’s taken the ingredients that made For Emma transcend its bedroom folkie origins and fly – the hushed, multi-tracked falsetto vocals, the indelible melodies, the evocative, heartbroken lyrics – and expanded upon them.

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14. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
27 reviews
User Score
77
27 reviews

13. Lucinda Williams - Blessed

Lucinda Williams - Blessed
March 1, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
72
2 reviews

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

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest
April 12, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
72
7 reviews
User Score
79
3 reviews

11. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
User Score
82
39 reviews

10. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
79
62 reviews

9. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
79
145 reviews

8. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
September 6, 2011
Country
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

7. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
April 12, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
76
10 reviews

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

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
February 15, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
77
2 reviews

5. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

4. Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots

Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots
February 15, 2011
Southern Rock
Critic Score
71
14 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews

3. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
76
126 reviews

2. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
14 reviews
User Score
78
12 reviews

1. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
78
46 reviews
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/11/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2011/6/

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