PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2011

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10. Blackout Beach - Fuck Death

Blackout Beach - Fuck Death
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

9. Wye Oak - Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian
March 8, 2011
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

Civilian packs a more immediate punch, and hits you with southpaw jabs in the middle of songs, shifting once you’ve bedded down.

8. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

7. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

The album is really something that’s greater than the sum of its parts, thanks to the band’s instincts and intuition.

6. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

EMA’s work is simultaneously some of the most interesting I’ve heard in years, and jaggedly alive, the furthest thing from any sort of academic exercise.

5. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

A not-entirely-minimalist record, but one that scales back every element of its songwriting enough that each note seems precious.

4. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Critic Score
73
19 reviews

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

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

With a crisper, clearer production that helps it to stand out, w h o k i l l is, almost literally speaking, tUnE-yArDs’ breakthrough.

2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

Despite its hype, its expectations, its blown up sound, and its many production flourishes, Bon Iver is nothing more than a solid placeholder album.

1. Future Islands - On The Water

Future Islands - On The Water
October 11, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

The noises are fitting, quietly cyclical and gently evocative of a process of ebb-and-flow, of slow—and beautiful—loss. These are the emotions of On the Water, and Future Islands create them with hands that rarely tip to show the careful craft that must have gone into building a stunner like this one.

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