FACT Magazine's 50 Best of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
79
220 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Electronic (11), Dubstep (10), Hip Hop (6), Drone (5), Experimental (4), Techno (2), R&B (2), Post-Punk (1), Dub Techno (1), Indie Rock (1), Noise (1), Shoegaze (1), Experimental Rock (1), IDM (1), Ambient (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Witch House (1)

1. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86
78 ratings

This is a record that’s as ice cold as it is sad; for those who find Drake too much to stomach it might be off-putting, but for fans of the Canadian, it might just mark the arrival of a brand new obsession.

2. Rustie - Glass Swords

Rustie - Glass Swords
October 11, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
83
6 reviews
USER SCORE
78
16 ratings

3. Clams Casino - Instrumental

Clams Casino - Instrumental
March 2, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
4 reviews
USER SCORE
78
11 ratings

4. Prurient - Bermuda Drain

Prurient - Bermuda Drain
July 19, 2011
Noise
CRITIC SCORE
78
6 reviews
USER SCORE
75
1 rating

5. AraabMuzik - Electronic Dream

AraabMuzik - Electronic Dream
June 14, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
5 reviews
USER SCORE
79
16 ratings

6. James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual

James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
October 25, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
81
3 ratings

7. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
20 reviews
USER SCORE
82
66 ratings

8. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
February 22, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
82
10 reviews
USER SCORE
85
19 ratings

9. LV & Joshua Idehen - Routes

LV & Joshua Idehen - Routes
May 9, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
85
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

10. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
82
45 ratings

11. Laurel Halo - Hour Logic

Laurel Halo - Hour Logic
June 21, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
69
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

12. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86
165 ratings

13. Julia Holter - Tragedy

Julia Holter - Tragedy
August 30, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
4 reviews
USER SCORE
80
10 ratings

14. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP

A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
October 31, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
41 ratings

15. Zomby - Dedication

Zomby - Dedication
July 12, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
79
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
6 ratings

16. Kuedo - Severant

Kuedo - Severant
October 25, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84
2 ratings

17. Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious

Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious
January 1, 2011
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

18. Patrice & Friends - Cashmere Sheets

Patrice & Friends - Cashmere Sheets
October 10, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

19. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
83
47 ratings

XXX might just represent the most polished and fully formed manifestation of street-meets-art rap so far.

20. Cut Hands - Afro Noise Vol. 1

Cut Hands - Afro Noise Vol. 1
May 31, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

21. Roly Porter - Aftertime

Roly Porter - Aftertime
October 25, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
90
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

22. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
November 8, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
80
18 reviews
USER SCORE
86
38 ratings

23. Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - We're New Here

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - We're New Here
February 22, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81
27 ratings

24. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
June 28, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
84
26 ratings

25. Machinedrum - Room(s)

Machinedrum - Room(s)
August 2, 2011
IDM
CRITIC SCORE
74
7 reviews
USER SCORE
85
1 rating

26. Byetone - Symeta

Byetone - Symeta
November 8, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
70
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

27. Peaking Lights - 936

Peaking Lights - 936
February 8, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
76
7 reviews
USER SCORE
79
8 ratings

28. Andy Stott - Passed Me By

Andy Stott - Passed Me By
May 23, 2011
Dub Techno
CRITIC SCORE
82
6 reviews
USER SCORE
90
2 ratings

29. patten - GLAQJO XAACSSO

patten - GLAQJO XAACSSO
September 26, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

30. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
May 10, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80
28 ratings

31. Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM

Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM
September 6, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
82
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

32. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Neo-Psychedelia
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
83
49 ratings

33. Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes II

Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes II
August 16, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
76
3 reviews
USER SCORE
87
1 rating

34. Kode9 & the Spaceape - Black Sun

Kode9 & the Spaceape - Black Sun
April 26, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
78
7 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

35. Jon Brooks - Music For Thomas Carnacki

Jon Brooks - Music For Thomas Carnacki
February 11, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

36. Tropic of Cancer - The End of All Things

Tropic of Cancer - The End of All Things
November 1, 2011
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

37. Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder

Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder
August 30, 2011
Witch House
CRITIC SCORE
78
10 reviews
USER SCORE
79
11 ratings

38. Surgeon - Breaking the Frame

Surgeon - Breaking the Frame
May 31, 2011
Techno
CRITIC SCORE
75
3 reviews
USER SCORE
64
1 rating

39. James Pants - James Pants

James Pants - James Pants
May 3, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

40. The Haxan Cloak - The Haxan Cloak

The Haxan Cloak - The Haxan Cloak
June 1, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

41. Legowelt - The TEAC Life

Legowelt - The TEAC Life
August 1, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

42. 2562 - Fever

2562 - Fever
April 1, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
77
1 rating

43. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
51 ratings

44. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
76
18 reviews
USER SCORE
78
40 ratings

45. Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass
June 21, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
68
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
1 rating

46. Damu - Unity

Damu - Unity
November 8, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
75
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

47. Container - LP

Container - LP
September 12, 2011
Techno
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

48. Juicy J & Lex Luger - Rubba Band Business 2

Juicy J & Lex Luger - Rubba Band Business 2
May 2, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

49. Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles

Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles
May 10, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
81
3 ratings

50. Xander Harris - Urban Gothic

Xander Harris - Urban Gothic
April 5, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
75
2 reviews
USER SCORE
NR
Original Source: http://www.factmag.com/2011/11/30/50-best-albums-of-2011-50-41/

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