NME's Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
78
521 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Pop (8), Indie Rock (8), Alternative Rock (5), Experimental (4), Electronic (4), Experimental Rock (3), Post-Punk (3), Art Pop (2), Indie Folk (2), Hip Hop (2), Garage Rock (2), Rock (2), Lo-Fi (2), Alternative Dance (1), Dubstep (1), Folk (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), New Wave (1), Dance Pop (1), Indietronica (1)

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87
126 ratings

‘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
81
47 ratings

‘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
Neo-Psychedelia
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
83
49 ratings

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
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83
51 ratings

5. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
51 ratings

6. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
June 7, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
76
63 ratings

7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
22 reviews
USER SCORE
86
138 ratings

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
Dance Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
80
22 ratings

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
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
84
91 ratings

10. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
78
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83
43 ratings

11. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
82
12 ratings

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

S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
October 4, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
74
9 reviews
USER SCORE
79
3 ratings

13. Suuns - Zeroes QC

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

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
64
14 reviews
USER SCORE
75
25 ratings

15. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

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

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 ratings

17. Battles - Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
June 7, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
29 ratings

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
76
3 ratings

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
83
16 ratings

20. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
23 reviews
USER SCORE
80
127 ratings

21. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Kasabian - Velociraptor!
September 27, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
11 reviews
USER SCORE
70
20 ratings

22. Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth

Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth
March 15, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
61
15 reviews
USER SCORE
64
10 ratings

23. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80
40 ratings

24. Big Talk - Big Talk

Big Talk - Big Talk
July 19, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
60
5 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Planningtorock - W

Planningtorock - W
May 24, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
55
4 ratings

26. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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

27. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
June 7, 2011
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82
14 ratings

28. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82
17 ratings

29. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
January 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80
27 ratings

30. Friendly Fires - Pala

Friendly Fires - Pala
May 24, 2011
Indietronica
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
74
18 ratings

31. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
15 reviews
USER SCORE
79
60 ratings

32. Alex Turner - Submarine

Alex Turner - Submarine
March 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
7 reviews
USER SCORE
82
12 ratings

33. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
October 25, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
66
14 reviews
USER SCORE
64
26 ratings

34. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
71
9 reviews
USER SCORE
79
20 ratings

35. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
19 reviews
USER SCORE
79
41 ratings

36. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83
38 ratings

37. White Denim - D

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

38. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
76
18 reviews
USER SCORE
78
40 ratings

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

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
November 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
66
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73
14 ratings

40. Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years
April 5, 2011
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
72
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79
10 ratings

41. Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - Exmilitary
April 26, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
85
54 ratings

42. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

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

43. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
29 ratings

44. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
85
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
88 ratings

45. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
73
11 reviews
USER SCORE
82
26 ratings

46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
83
20 reviews
USER SCORE
88
198 ratings

47. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
83
87 ratings

48. Slow Club - Paradise

Slow Club - Paradise
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
77
7 ratings

49. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
55 ratings

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

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