Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2011

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50. The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain

The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain
May 10, 2011
Comedy
Critic Score
69
9 reviews
User Score
65
13 reviews

49. Wavves - Life Sux

Wavves - Life Sux
September 20, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
72
7 reviews
User Score
76
18 reviews

48. Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming

Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming
January 25, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
12 reviews

47. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
86
296 reviews

46. White Denim - D

White Denim - D
May 23, 2011
Garage Rock
Critic Score
74
15 reviews
User Score
79
11 reviews

45. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
June 7, 2011
Blues Rock
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

44. Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin
May 10, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
78
10 reviews

43. The Kills - Blood Pressures

The Kills - Blood Pressures
April 5, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
78
42 reviews

42. Destroyer - Kaputt

Destroyer - Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
85
25 reviews
User Score
85
282 reviews

41. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
July 26, 2011
Electropop
Critic Score
72
21 reviews
User Score
76
28 reviews

40. Gary Clark Jr. - The Bright Lights EP

Gary Clark Jr. - The Bright Lights EP
September 6, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
77
2 reviews

39. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
82
133 reviews

38. Mastodon - The Hunter

Mastodon - The Hunter
September 27, 2011
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
76
55 reviews

37. Panda Bear - Tomboy

Panda Bear - Tomboy
April 12, 2011
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
80
134 reviews

36. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
August 23, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
80
15 reviews

35. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
80
6 reviews

34. SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy

SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy
September 20, 2011
Reggae
Critic Score
53
8 reviews
User Score
51
4 reviews

33. Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen

Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
March 29, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
84
5 reviews

32. Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva
March 22, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
8 reviews
User Score
82
40 reviews

31. Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
November 1, 2011
Country
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

30. Tom Morello / The Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs

Tom Morello / The Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
August 29, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
57
7 reviews
User Score
45
2 reviews

29. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels
September 6, 2011
Country
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
82
3 reviews

28. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
73
27 reviews

27. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

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

26. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
User Score
85
382 reviews

25. Beyoncé - 4

Beyoncé - 4
June 28, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
24 reviews
User Score
74
200 reviews

24. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
81
178 reviews

23. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Blues
Critic Score
85
28 reviews
User Score
82
58 reviews

22. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
300 reviews
Mostly, Drake stretches out over languid, austerely plush tracks that blur hip-hop, R&B and downtempo dance music.
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21. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
86
617 reviews

The ideas on Bon Iver — Colin Stetson's shimmery horn parts, Rob Moose's elegant arrangements — are engaging even when they don't lead anywhere, and the music is beautiful, even when it veers into schmaltz.

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20. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
76
99 reviews

19. Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church - Chief
July 26, 2011
Country
Critic Score
72
6 reviews
User Score
65
4 reviews

18. Feist - Metals

Feist - Metals
October 4, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
79
85 reviews

17. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
April 12, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
79
93 reviews

16. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
March 8, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
24 reviews
User Score
72
30 reviews

15. Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday

Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday
January 11, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
66
16 reviews
User Score
69
37 reviews

14. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
May 3, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
72
39 reviews

13. 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
26 reviews
User Score
82
170 reviews

12. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
User Score
79
224 reviews

11. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
May 31, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
29 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

10. Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant

Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant
April 5, 2011
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
User Score
82
1 review

9. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
77
31 reviews

8. Wilco - The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
September 27, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
77
75 reviews

7. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
January 18, 2011
Folk Rock
Critic Score
72
28 reviews
User Score
74
54 reviews

6. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
69
287 reviews

Gaga loves overheated cosmic statements for the same reason she loves dance pop and metal guitars – because she hears them as echoes of her twisted rock & roll heart. That's the achievement of Born This Way: The more excessive Gaga gets, the more honest she sounds.

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5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
February 19, 2011
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
77
31 reviews
User Score
78
480 reviews

Limbs keeps the intensity at a low boil, working the body as it follows strange logic down alleys it has no interest in coming out of.

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4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
86
376 reviews

3. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
April 12, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
82
13 reviews
User Score
77
12 reviews

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

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
243 reviews

1. Adele - 21

Adele - 21
February 22, 2011
Soul
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
77
278 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2011-20111207

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