Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2011

Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2011

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1. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

Where Clark previously impressed through the sheer audacity of her strengths as a songwriter and arranger, here she has stopped trying to impress and simply made an album assembled through feel and intuition, and, taken as a whole, it feels perfect.

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

It's a logical progression from Emma, and one that few artists have been able to make. Most try to return to their wallowing, to mine the same material that connected them with their audience in the first place. But Vernon deserves tremendous credit for wanting to express his hope and his joy.

4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

May 3, 2011
Critic Score
83
34 reviews

Far from that folksy, laid-back image, Helplessness Blues confirms Fleet Foxes' place as one of the most exacting, creative, and straight-up best bands making music in 2011.

5. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

The songs on Skying are dense, towering, and occasionally overstuffed.

8. Yuck - Yuck

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
Yuck have managed to craft a surprisingly accomplished album for a band that's only a little more than a year old

12. I Break Horses - Hearts

August 23, 2011
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

14. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

18. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

May 17, 2011
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

19. Toro y Moi - Underneath The Pine

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
75
25 reviews

20. Beirut - The Rip Tide

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

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

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

23. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

24. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

25. Slow Club - Paradise

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

27. Wild Beasts - Smother

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

28. Cut Copy - Zonoscope

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

29. Real Estate - Days

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
73
25 reviews

31. Hooray for Earth - True Loves

Hooray for Earth - True Loves
June 7, 2011
Critic Score
72
13 reviews

32. Atlas Sound - Parallax

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

34. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

The highs are notable. The problem is, Blake has put himself in a tight box, and when he strays out of it the material wavers.

37. Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

38. Friendly Fires - Pala

May 24, 2011
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

40. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

September 27, 2011
Critic Score
70
19 reviews

41. Wilco - The Whole Love

September 27, 2011
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

42. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

January 18, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

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

October 4, 2011
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

45. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
76
32 reviews

There are surely treasures to be found in The King of Limbs, as the listens pile up ... However, the initial awe is simply not there, and the love-at-first-listen isn’t either.

46. The Stepkids - The Stepkids

September 27, 2011
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

50. Neon Indian - Era Extrana

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
72
24 reviews
Original Source: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/lists/under_the_radars_top_80_albums_of_2011/
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