A.V. Club's Best Music of 2011

A.V. Club's Best Music of 2011

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25. Adele - 21

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

The songs hold to simple instrumentation and simple structures that allow Adele’s raspy, expressive voice to develop the story in the verses before she delivers the hook.

23. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

March 29, 2011
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

21. Iceage - New Brigade

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

17. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

An album that’s as stunning for its straight-faced chutzpah as for its unrepentant, obsessively well-coiffed lushness.

17. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Considering the personnel involved, it’s no surprise Wild Flag works as well as it does, or that it picks up in a familiar place.

15. Yuck - Yuck

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
Yuck's self-titled debut is a well-timed early-'90s period piece through and through.

15. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

February 18, 2011
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

13. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
His follow-up album is plenty downbeat, but it’s also gorgeous, an immersive headphone masterwork that’s tender and intimate like little else in contemporary rap and R&B.

12. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

Bad As Me is entry-level Waits for newcomers, and for longtime fans it’s a fun reminder of Waits’ ability to be a badass when necessary.

10. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

January 18, 2011
Critic Score
72
28 reviews

It’s hard to deny the power of The Decemberists’ renewed commitment to basic songcraft.

8. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

Engaging the darkness (rather than just acknowledging it) adds some flesh-and-blood humanity to an artist whose excellent output has nonetheless been marked by cold distance.

7. Real Estate - Days

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

The bruised, bottomless beauty of Days suggests that growing up hasn’t always been easy for Real Estate.

6. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

4. Low - C'mon

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

For all its introspection, Bon Iver feels a lot more open than Vernon’s previous work, the sound of a lonely guy taking his first steps into a larger world.

2. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

David Comes To Life is Fucked Up’s most musically accessible album wrapped up in its most fearlessly pretentious and flat-out incomprehensible concept.

1. Wye Oak - Civilian

March 8, 2011
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Civilian continues the progress made by 2009’s excellent The Knot, bringing Wye Oak’s astral drone to blossom on a richer, fuller, and more extroverted bouquet of luminous melodies.

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