FACT Magazine's 50 Best of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 79
Based on 220 album 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
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
87

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
79

3. Clams Casino - Instrumental

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

4. Prurient - Bermuda Drain

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

5. AraabMuzik - Electronic Dream

AraabMuzik - Electronic Dream
June 14, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
5 reviews
USER SCORE
78

6. James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual

James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
October 25, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
83

7. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

8. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
February 22, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
82
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84

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

11. Laurel Halo - Hour Logic

Laurel Halo - Hour Logic
June 21, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
70
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

12. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
85
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86

13. Julia Holter - Tragedy

Julia Holter - Tragedy
August 30, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
4 reviews
USER SCORE
81

14. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP

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

15. Zomby - Dedication

Zomby - Dedication
July 12, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
79
16 reviews
USER SCORE
82

16. Kuedo - Severant

Kuedo - Severant
October 25, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
84

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
84

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
82
17 reviews
USER SCORE
85

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
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
82

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
78
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83

25. Machinedrum - Room(s)

Machinedrum - Room(s)
August 2, 2011
IDM
CRITIC SCORE
74
7 reviews
USER SCORE
86

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

28. Andy Stott - Passed Me By

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

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
83
19 reviews
USER SCORE
79

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
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
83

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

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
78

38. Surgeon - Breaking the Frame

Surgeon - Breaking the Frame
May 31, 2011
Techno
CRITIC SCORE
76
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

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

43. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
83

44. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
18 reviews
USER SCORE
78

45. Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass
June 21, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
69
9 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

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

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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