One Thirty BPM's Top 50 Albums of 2011

One Thirty BPM's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Low - C'mon

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

49. A$AP Rocky - Live. Love. A$AP

October 31, 2011
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

By reaching every-damn-where he could, ASAP Rocky both sidesteps this pitfall and becomes one of the year’s most exciting voices.

48. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

47. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lenses Alien

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

This is a really banging collection by a poet honing his craft, still experimenting and learning and having fun.

46. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

September 27, 2011
Critic Score
70
19 reviews

Only In Dreams is rich enough that it is not hard to imagine people bickering about the standouts.

45. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
72
23 reviews

It’s an imaginative album of contrasts loaded with subtleties and potentially alienating nuances that necessitate a long-term commitment.

44. Beyoncé - 4

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
71
28 reviews

Her voice is the best it has ever been. Her music is the best it has ever been.

43. Feist - Metals

October 4, 2011
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

There are no real weak spots, just slow spots, and lots of high points that will have you skipping back to listen again.

41. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

40. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

They’re not reinventing the wheel, hell they’re barely even reinventing themselves, but that’s a good thing on this occasion

39. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

38. Wild Beasts - Smother

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Smother may lack the proper drive of Two Dancers, but it succeeds in whittling down what has become Wild Beasts’ motif.

37. Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

Wander / Wonder is the sound of a producer whose talent exceeds his skill.

36. Beirut - The Rip Tide

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

It is a rare album that can cause a genuine swirl of emotions, sometimes within the same moment, but in the heat of August, The Rip Tide demands to be celebrated.

34. Atlas Sound - Parallax

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Parallax can’t help but feel like a win for this cause because it symbolizes growth more than out-and-out excellence.

33. Curren$y - Weekend at Burnie's

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Most rapper’s putting out as much material would have lost energy by now, or at the least compromised, but Spitta only seems all the more himself with each record.

32. Cults - Cults

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

Any apprehensions about whether or not Cults could turn “Go Outside” into a successful full-length should be hastily put to rest.

31. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Father, Son, Holy Ghost seems like a step backward from their previous work.

29. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
73
29 reviews

Suck It And See is an almost seamless step forward, reaffirming the notion that the band’s shelf life is probably much longer than initially estimated.

27. Björk - Biophilia

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Biophilia is Björk, the sum total, and this album is her continued claim to the throne as the monarch of avant-pop.

26. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

The material here is as strong as we’ve come to expect from this band, but its pleasures aren’t nearly as surface-level as even Kid A’s. The best way to judge The King of Limbs in the long run may simply be to hope someone spurs Radiohead on in this direction.

25. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Past Life Martyred Saints is an album that captivates, provokes, and pleases.

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

March 22, 2011
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

23. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

November 21, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

These tracks are sparse but airtight, haunting but unrelentingly gorgeous

22. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

21. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

January 18, 2011
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

20. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

It’s a rich and intricate collage that shows restraint in its cascade of ideas as well as Vernon’s maturity as a songwriter.

19. Yuck - Yuck

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
75
26 reviews
Yes, it's clearly obvious what Yuck's main influences are; they're placed very firmly on the band's sleeve. But with sounds that tie the band to modern indie as much as alt-rock, Yuck have crafted something incredibly refreshing, and more importantly, good.

18. The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws

The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Both Ways Open Jaws will strike you as both new sounding and classic, as both fresh and rooted in tradition.

17. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Unlike so many elder statesmen who reach a point of clear decline, Waits has seemingly yet to come anywhere near that point.

16. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

David Comes To Life is a liberating album that represents a giant step forward in every genre that it tackles and incorporates.

15. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

He achieves a lot with a little. He never gives us filler. He continues to innovate. He has provided us with a great album, one that is a sure sign his velocity has not been slowed.

13. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

July 2, 2011
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

It’s all about the moment, and Section.80 is about as relevant as it gets.

12. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

It shows an artist at the top of his songwriting game, but perhaps without the thick and palatable sense of cohesion definitive and prevalent on past releases.

11. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

It is able to deftly blend the vividness and conviction of a protest album with all of the yearning of what just has to be a genuine patriotic outcry.

10. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

March 1, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

The album serves as a bit of a soundtrack for anyone who’s managed to retain a romantic outlook past the age where such a thing is likely realistic, and the bitter struggle of rediscovery that follows.

9. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

It takes a few listens for all its subtle nuances to emerge; repeat visits draw attention to just how well-constructed these songs are

8. Real Estate - Days

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
73
25 reviews

This focus on musicality over atmosphere allows for a solid set of pop-rock songs that succeeds on its own melodic merits.

7. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

It’s still the work of a band firing on all cylinders.

6. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
73
19 reviews

Each track has a moment where it hits anthem-status and a chorus of Roberts’ voice embody it with some abstracted notion of us-ness.

5. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

Shabazz Palaces have pushed the music forward, so that it once again can be raw, real, and unconventional.

4. The Antlers - Burst Apart

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Burst Apart is much more complex than its predecessor, both emotionally and musically.

3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

May 3, 2011
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Fleet Foxes have become a band who will not stop pushing, who will challenge themselves to avoid stagnancy, who will work with both their instruments and their minds.

2. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

An explosive debut unlike most of whatever is on Hot 97 or whatever your city uses to listen to Drake.

1. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

Clark is more divulgent of her true personal feelings than we’ve come to expect, and she’s created a dense collection of songs to reflect this atmosphere.

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