NME's Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 78
Based on 521 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Pop (8), Indie Rock (8), Alternative Rock (6), Experimental (4), Electronic (4), Experimental Rock (3), Hip Hop (2), Art Pop (2), Indie Folk (2), Garage Rock (2), Post-Punk (2), Rock (2), Lo-Fi (2), Dubstep (2), Alternative Dance (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), New Wave (1), Indietronica (1), Folk (1)

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86

‘Let England Shake’ is a record that ventures deep into the heart of darkness of war itself and its resonance throughout England’s past, present and future.


2. Metronomy - The English Riviera

Metronomy - The English Riviera
April 12, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82

‘The English Riviera’ is a deep sea of ideas and imagination: a far-flung, limitless dreamworld full of romance, nostalgia, lovers’ tiffs and good old-fashioned shagging.


3. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84

If all you can see is a tangle of influences then you’re standing too close to the picture, and when ‘Skying’’s visions come into focus, it not only reaffirms that ‘Primary Colours’ was far from a fluke, but that they could go so much further.


4. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84

5. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84

6. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
June 7, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
77

7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87

It’s this combination of unforced sonic gorgeousness and a refusal to settle for the obvious that puts Clark in a field of her own, and makes for a strange and wonderful record that shows no mercy in blowing your mind.


8. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80

9. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
87
19 reviews
USER SCORE
84

10. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
79
15 reviews
USER SCORE
84

11. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84

12. S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes

S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
October 4, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
85

13. Suuns - Zeroes QC

Suuns - Zeroes QC
October 12, 2010
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
84

14. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
67
12 reviews
USER SCORE
77

15. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77

16. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix

Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix
August 29, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
74

17. Battles - Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
June 7, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80

18. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
May 17, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
75
9 reviews
USER SCORE
74

19. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
September 13, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84

20. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80

21. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Kasabian - Velociraptor!
September 27, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
71

22. Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth

Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth
March 15, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
64
13 reviews
USER SCORE
64

23. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81

24. Big Talk - Big Talk

Big Talk - Big Talk
July 19, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
61
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Planningtorock - W

Planningtorock - W
May 24, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
19

26. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
85
18 reviews
USER SCORE
83

27. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
June 7, 2011
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81

28. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83

29. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
January 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81

30. Friendly Fires - Pala

Friendly Fires - Pala
May 24, 2011
Indietronica
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
76

31. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79

32. Alex Turner - Submarine

Alex Turner - Submarine
March 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
5 reviews
USER SCORE
81

33. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
October 25, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
66
13 reviews
USER SCORE
63

34. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
72
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80

35. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
79

36. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
83
13 reviews
USER SCORE
83

37. White Denim - D

White Denim - D
May 23, 2011
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
79

38. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
79

39. Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
November 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
10 reviews
USER SCORE
71

40. Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years
April 5, 2011
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
79

41. Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - Exmilitary
April 26, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
84

42. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
June 20, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
65
8 reviews
USER SCORE
64

43. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
78

44. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
86
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84

45. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81

46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
88

47. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
11 reviews
USER SCORE
84

48. Slow Club - Paradise

Slow Club - Paradise
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
8 reviews
USER SCORE
81

49. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
79
14 reviews
USER SCORE
78

Original Source: http://www.nme.com

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