The Needle Drop's Favorite Albums of 2011

The Needle Drop's Favorite Albums of 2011

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50. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
July 26, 2011
Electropop
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
76
28 reviews

49. Craft Spells - Idle Labor

Craft Spells - Idle Labor
March 29, 2011
Dream Pop
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
User Score
75
21 reviews

48. CunninLynguists - Oneirology

CunninLynguists - Oneirology
March 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
81
22 reviews

47. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
February 15, 2011
Post-Rock
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
80
43 reviews

46. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
May 3, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
72
39 reviews

45. REKS - R.E.K.S. (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme)

REKS - R.E.K.S. (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme)
March 8, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
76
1 review

44. Milo - I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here

Milo - I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here
November 1, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

43. Dumbo Gets Mad - Elephants at the Door

Dumbo Gets Mad - Elephants at the Door
February 2, 2011
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
70
5 reviews

42. Rustie - Glass Swords

Rustie - Glass Swords
October 11, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
83
13 reviews
User Score
78
57 reviews

41. Wormrot - Dirge

Wormrot - Dirge
May 3, 2011
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
76
3 reviews

40. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
March 29, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
User Score
78
56 reviews

39. Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command

Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
July 19, 2011
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

38. Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
April 5, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
68
17 reviews
User Score
75
21 reviews

37. Havok - Time is Up

Havok - Time is Up
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
82
3 reviews

36. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP

A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
October 31, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
81
146 reviews

35. Shlohmo - Bad Vibes

Shlohmo - Bad Vibes
August 9, 2011
Glitch Hop
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
79
24 reviews

34. Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
September 20, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
74
15 reviews

33. The Roots - Undun

The Roots - Undun
December 6, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
83
71 reviews

32. Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse
August 30, 2011
Funk
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
79
34 reviews

31. Vektor - Outer Isolation

Vektor - Outer Isolation
November 22, 2011
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
82
10 reviews

30. The Log.Os - λόγος

The Log.Os - λόγος
November 13, 2011
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
75
1 review

29. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On

Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
April 5, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
79
20 reviews

28. AJJ - Knife Man

AJJ - Knife Man
September 20, 2011
Folk Punk
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
83
37 reviews

27. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre
May 10, 2011
Jazz
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
User Score
80
22 reviews

26. Giles Corey - Giles Corey

Giles Corey - Giles Corey
March 1, 2011
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
82
17 reviews
Dan Barrett's latest project, a full-length album and book, is both a personal and fictional exploration of death, suicide, depression, and the afterlife.
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25. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
User Score
80
124 reviews

24. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
November 8, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
84
158 reviews

23. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG
September 17, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
37 reviews

22. Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion

Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
April 12, 2011
Noise Pop
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
78
18 reviews

21. Chelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis

Chelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis
August 23, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
68
7 reviews
User Score
80
42 reviews

20. Destroyer - Kaputt

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

19. Cormorant - Dwellings

Cormorant - Dwellings
December 6, 2011
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

18. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
February 22, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
User Score
81
44 reviews

17. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
Critic Score
85
15 reviews
User Score
84
114 reviews

16. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
81
72 reviews

15. Disma - Towards the Megalith

Disma - Towards the Megalith
July 19, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
65
1 review

14. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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

13. James Blake - James Blake

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

12. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
User Score
84
226 reviews

Detroit rapper Danny Brown's latest album functions in extremes. They're not really the angry, voluminous extremes the latest Death Grips album functions on. They're more like extremes of excess.

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11. Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles

Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles
May 10, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
User Score
75
10 reviews

10. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
July 2, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
84
383 reviews
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar doesn't follow the usual tough and hardened stereotypes that come with repping the California city. The guy isn't a wimp, but he's more interested in saying something thought-provoking than violent.
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9. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
January 31, 2011
Microhouse
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
84
167 reviews

8. Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Black Metal
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
User Score
79
28 reviews

7. La Dispute - Wildlife

La Dispute - Wildlife
October 4, 2011
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
80
24 reviews

6. Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva
March 22, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
8 reviews
User Score
82
40 reviews

5. 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

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. Battles - Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
June 7, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
79
82 reviews
If this was a test, Battles passed with flying pink colors. The instrumentation, musicianship, and grooves throughout this album are intense as hell. And guest vocalists like Matias Aguayo and Yamantaka Eye freaking kill it!
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2. Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - Exmilitary
April 26, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
84
222 reviews

Death Grips' first mixtape is a grim look at mankind's worst personality traits:: greed, addiction, anger. And the beats are just as offensive as the screamed rap vocals--which only helps get the point across.

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1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
86
376 reviews
Original Source: http://www.theneedledrop.com/articles/2011/12/favorite-albums-of-2011

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