NME's Best Albums of 2011

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1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
26 reviews
User Score
86
165 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.

2. Metronomy - The English Riviera

Metronomy - The English Riviera
April 12, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
80
68 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.

3. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
82
24 reviews
User Score
82
63 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.

4. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
82
65 reviews

5. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
83
72 reviews

6. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
June 7, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
24 reviews
User Score
76
101 reviews

7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
26 reviews
User Score
86
190 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.

8. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Dance Pop
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
80
26 reviews

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
24 reviews
User Score
83
116 reviews

10. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
83
53 reviews

11. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
80
19 reviews

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

S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
October 4, 2011
Post-Punk
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
75
4 reviews

13. Suuns - Zeroes QC

Suuns - Zeroes QC
October 12, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

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
17 reviews
User Score
73
42 reviews

15. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
78
19 reviews

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
11 reviews
User Score
74
24 reviews

17. Battles - Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
June 7, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
81
39 reviews

18. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
May 17, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
77
4 reviews

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

Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
September 13, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
80
21 reviews

20. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
78
198 reviews

21. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Kasabian - Velociraptor!
September 27, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
14 reviews
User Score
68
39 reviews

22. Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth

Noah and The Whale - Last Night on Earth
March 15, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
63
16 reviews
User Score
66
16 reviews

23. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
24 reviews
User Score
78
53 reviews
To bypass Yuck would be imbecilic simply because their debut contains some of the most effortlessly hard-hitting, heart-hitting pop of 2011.

24. Big Talk - Big Talk

Big Talk - Big Talk
July 19, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
62
5 reviews
User Score
NR

25. Planningtorock - W

Planningtorock - W
May 24, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
59
5 reviews

26. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
User Score
83
116 reviews

27. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
June 7, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
80
19 reviews

28. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
80
24 reviews

29. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
January 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
80
41 reviews

30. Friendly Fires - Pala

Friendly Fires - Pala
May 24, 2011
Indietronica
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
74
23 reviews

31. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

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

32. Alex Turner - Submarine

Alex Turner - Submarine
March 15, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
81
22 reviews

33. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
October 25, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
65
23 reviews
User Score
67
37 reviews

34. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
77
36 reviews

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
22 reviews
User Score
78
61 reviews

36. Iceage - New Brigade

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

37. White Denim - D

White Denim - D
May 23, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
80
6 reviews

38. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
76
58 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.

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
67
17 reviews
User Score
72
25 reviews

40. Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years
April 5, 2011
New Wave
Critic Score
70
15 reviews
User Score
79
10 reviews

41. Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - Exmilitary
April 26, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
84
100 reviews

42. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
June 20, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
69
13 reviews
User Score
64
3 reviews

43. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
77
47 reviews

44. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
84
125 reviews

45. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
User Score
81
28 reviews

46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
87
296 reviews

47. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
83
117 reviews

48. Slow Club - Paradise

Slow Club - Paradise
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
77
7 reviews

49. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
81
75 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
79
111 reviews
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