Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2011

Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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50. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

Ashes & Fires remains compelling throughout thanks to its peaks and valleys.

48. Astronautalis - This Is Our Science

Astronautalis - This Is Our Science
September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

You have to break before listening to any other music, so you don’t interrupt the sense of peace and joy you get after this record ends.

47. Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

46. Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

Summer Camp evokes the feeling of an idealized vision of these adolescent days of summers past with some bittersweet and irresistibly catchy pop songs.

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

August 8, 2011
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

Watch the Throne turns out to be a success, even if it isn’t the landscape-altering LP the world had hoped for.

44. Yuck - Yuck

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

What elevates Yuck above the typical nostalgic, lo-fi noise revivalist is how the band defies predictability by shifting styles and directions between, and even within, songs.

43. Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin

September 20, 2011
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

41. Washed Out - Within and Without

July 12, 2011
Critic Score
70
30 reviews

No amount of hip hop swagger or style can save this album from being exactly what it’s desperately trying not to be: your standard bedroom synthpop record.

40. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

March 29, 2011
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

Eternals is not a Death Metal record in the slightest, but easily the most bandy album in the Mountain Goats discography.

39. Danny Brown - XXX

August 15, 2011
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

38. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Replica catches Lopatin at the peak of his powers, realizing his esoteric vision with a newfound brazenness

37. Real Estate - Days

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
73
25 reviews

There is very little to back up a claim of true musical growth, but it’s something of a start.

34. Adele - 21

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

21 is a good album that shows the world Adele’s talent, but one that is just a precursor to bigger and better things.

33. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

Every track is full to the absolute brim with the genius of seasoned veterans.

32. Gotye - Making Mirrors

Gotye - Making Mirrors
August 19, 2011
Critic Score
69
13 reviews

31. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

November 21, 2011
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

While looking for 50 Words For Snow, she has found 50 other original ways to express herself effortlessly, creating another intriguing piece of work.

29. The Men - Leave Home

May 24, 2011
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

It sticks like a demented structure that’s mysteriously magnetic and, in the end, really fun.

28. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

March 8, 2011
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

The unexpected twists in melody throughout the record nicely balance the more repetitive strains.

27. Childish Gambino - Camp

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
66
19 reviews

He can really, really rap, plus sing and emote and put on a show better than 90% of his hip-hop counterparts.

26. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Supergroups rarely have any business sounding this good.

25. Panda Bear - Tomboy

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

Aside from being a top-notch album musically, it very well may be Lennox’s most accessible work to date.

24. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

It maintains an ever-so-perfect pace throughout, fraught with big beats, catchy choruses, and smooth textures, making it one of this year’s finest debuts by far.

23. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

They bring to the table the most interesting, depressing, and drug-infested R&B record in years.

22. Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

Apocalypse is one of those rare modern jazz records that’s remarkably unpretentious without having to cheapen the daunting complexity jazz is noted for.

21. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Father, Son, Holy Ghost succeeds thoroughly at nearly everything it does.

20. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

He takes his fair turns at singing, as opposed to unearthing, and delivers some of his more satisfying softer moments in recent memory.

19. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

But more than any theoretical narrative or concept, this is a rock album at heart, and it certainly does rock

18. Atlas Sound - Parallax

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Parallax offers a miniature glass menagerie of fragile songs ascribed with heaps of intimacy, all shedding the most light on Cox’s whole artistic persona.

17. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

With Skying, the band has moved on to their own distinct personality by simply evolving.

16. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

The album is a culmination of female vocal power, with Anderson borrowing, recreating, and updating a sound that so many females before her have revolutionized.

15. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
76
32 reviews

It’s essentially a 37 minute jam session; one where they’re carving out their current sensibilities and seeing where they run.

14. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

May 3, 2011
Critic Score
83
34 reviews

It’s an album that makes you sad that it’s not longer; sad that it can’t just go on forever.

13. Beyoncé - 4

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
71
28 reviews

4 continues the Beyoncé tradition of making amazingly catchy, anthemic records with some of her best songs to date.

10. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

Take Care shines bright, utilizing the same concepts and notions as its predecessor but with far more lethal and appealing results.

9. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

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

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

w h o k i l l is an album indulgent in eccentricity, compelling in its variety, and downright impossible to not enjoy.

7. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Although Dreaming sports slower, more introspective ballads, there’s also a pantry’s worth of interstellar jams, chock full of sounds you’ve probably never heard before.

6. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

James Blake is an essential for anybody interested in witnessing how pop music can and will continue to change, progress, and grow into something new with time.

5. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

Wasting Light has cornered the kind of ideas that make up the best of the band’s catalog in an earnest attempt to go as big as possible, while staying relatively grounded.

4. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

It’s an awe-inspiring, challenging album in all the best ways. PJ Harvey has created an album that will be at the top of everyone’s “Best of” list come December.

3. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

Black Up is not the best hip hop album of the year so far, it’s the best album of the year so far.

2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

The album is a shoo-in for being a timeless great, no matter what we say.

1. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

Strange Mercy achieves that sweeping goal, delivering on its promises, challenging thematically and intellectually, while also entertaining.

Original Source: http://consequenceofsound.net/2011/12/albums-of-the-year-2011/
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