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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
87
22 reviews
User Score
86
133 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
71
10 reviews
User Score
81
49 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
83
20 reviews
User Score
83
49 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
80
19 reviews
User Score
83
55 reviews

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
55 reviews

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
66 reviews

7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
22 reviews
User Score
86
145 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
15 reviews
User Score
80
23 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
21 reviews
User Score
83
95 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
78
15 reviews
User Score
83
44 reviews

11. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
81
13 reviews

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 reviews

13. Suuns - Zeroes QC

Suuns - Zeroes QC
October 12, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
71
10 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
64
14 reviews
User Score
75
26 reviews

15. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
15 reviews
User Score
77
15 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
10 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews

17. Battles - Gloss Drop

Battles - Gloss Drop
June 7, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
80
30 reviews

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 reviews

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 reviews

20. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
79
138 reviews

21. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Kasabian - Velociraptor!
September 27, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
70
23 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
61
15 reviews
User Score
65
12 reviews

23. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
80
40 reviews

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 reviews

26. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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

27. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
June 7, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
82
14 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
82
18 reviews

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 reviews

30. Friendly Fires - Pala

Friendly Fires - Pala
May 24, 2011
Indietronica
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
74
20 reviews

31. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
November 1, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
User Score
80
64 reviews

32. Alex Turner - Submarine

Alex Turner - Submarine
March 15, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
82
12 reviews

33. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
October 25, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
66
14 reviews
User Score
65
28 reviews

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
22 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
19 reviews
User Score
79
48 reviews

36. Iceage - New Brigade

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

37. White Denim - D

White Denim - D
May 23, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
79
6 reviews

38. Björk - Biophilia

Björk - Biophilia
October 11, 2011
Experimental
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
78
44 reviews

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 reviews

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 reviews

41. Death Grips - Exmilitary

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

42. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

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

43. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

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

44. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
85
20 reviews
User Score
84
92 reviews

45. Austra - Feel It Break

Austra - Feel It Break
May 17, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
User Score
82
26 reviews

46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
88
216 reviews

47. Real Estate - Days

Real Estate - Days
October 18, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
83
91 reviews

48. Slow Club - Paradise

Slow Club - Paradise
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
77
7 reviews

49. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
81
58 reviews

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
76 reviews
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