NME's Best Albums of 2011

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49. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

48. Slow Club - Paradise

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

47. Real Estate - Days

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

Those looking for the raw catharsis of ‘For Emma…’ will need to cop their misery fix elsewhere – ‘Bon Iver’ is the sound of a man making peace with the world, saxophones and all.

44. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

41. Death Grips - Exmilitary

April 26, 2011
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

38. Björk - Biophilia

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
It is that rarest of things, a record so particular to Björk’s own artistry that no-one could ever hope to replicate it.

37. White Denim - D

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

36. Iceage - New Brigade

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

32. Alex Turner - Submarine

Alex Turner - Submarine
March 15, 2011
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

24. Big Talk - Big Talk

Big Talk - Big Talk
July 19, 2011
Critic Score
62
6 reviews

23. Yuck - Yuck

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
To bypass Yuck would be imbecilic simply because their debut contains some of the most effortlessly hard-hitting, heart-hitting pop of 2011.

21. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

September 27, 2011
Critic Score
72
19 reviews

20. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
77
31 reviews

A record to respect for its craft, rather than worship for its greatness. Listen to it enough times and you may convince yourself you love it. But let’s not kid ourselves that it’s up there with their best work. It just isn’t.

18. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

May 17, 2011
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

15. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

13. Suuns - Zeroes QC

Suuns - Zeroes QC
October 12, 2010
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

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.

3. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

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.

2. Metronomy - The English Riviera

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

‘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.

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

‘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.

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