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A.V. Club's Best Music of 2011

A.V. Club's Best Music of 2011

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26. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
23 reviews
User Score
79
160 reviews

25. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
76
180 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.

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25. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
Critic Score
72
26 reviews
User Score
79
107 reviews

23. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
March 29, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
70
15 reviews
User Score
71
82 reviews

22. Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told

Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told
February 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
78
12 reviews

21. Iceage - New Brigade

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

20. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
13 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

19. Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings
January 25, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
72
27 reviews

17. Destroyer - Kaputt

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

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

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17. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
78
28 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.

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15. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
79
77 reviews
Yuck's self-titled debut is a well-timed early-'90s period piece through and through.
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15. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
81
130 reviews

14. 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
75
11 reviews

13. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
User Score
80
220 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.
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12. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
82
47 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.

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11. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
79
90 reviews

10. 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
49 reviews

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

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9. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
78
186 reviews

8. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
290 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.

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7. Real Estate - Days

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

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

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6. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
85
196 reviews

5. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
77
63 reviews

4. Low - C'mon

Low - C'mon
April 12, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
80
11 reviews

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
User Score
86
484 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.

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2. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
80
50 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.

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1. Wye Oak - Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian
March 8, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
80
38 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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