The Guardian's Best Albums of 2011

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50. Iceage - New Brigade

January 7, 2011
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

46. Beirut - The Rip Tide

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

44. Marius Neset - Golden Xplosion

Marius Neset - Golden Xplosion
May 17, 2011
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

43. Machine Head - Unto the Locust

Machine Head - Unto the Locust
September 27, 2011
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

42. Nils Frahm - Felt

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

41. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

40. Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
73
19 reviews

39. The Streets - Computers and Blues

The Streets - Computers and Blues
February 8, 2011
Critic Score
68
21 reviews

38. Nicola Roberts - Cinderella's Eyes

Nicola Roberts - Cinderella's Eyes
October 4, 2011
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

36. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

September 6, 2011
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

35. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

May 17, 2011
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

34. Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting
April 19, 2011
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

33. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

32. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

March 1, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

31. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
22 reviews

29. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

November 21, 2011
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

28. Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

27. Radiohead - The King of Limbs

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

Listening to it, you're reminded that Radiohead are the only band of their size and status that seem driven by an impulse to twist their music into different shapes.

24. Feist - Metals

October 4, 2011
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

23. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

19. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

Drake is insipid as a singer ... As a rapper, he is inert to the point of catatonia and his foregrounded voice becomes swiftly intolerable.

18. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

17. Björk - Biophilia

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

16. The Horrors - Skying

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Music buffs might still want to play spot the influence with Skying ... but that would undersell this marvellous record, which should be every bit as exciting to a listener who knows none of those reference points.

15. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

14. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

12. Wild Beasts - Smother

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

11. White Denim - D

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

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

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

9. Rustie - Glass Swords

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
83
13 reviews

8. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

6. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

Whether exploring supple R&B in Minnesota, WI, joyful country in Towers, or swollen soft-rock in Beth/Rest, Bon Iver remains rooted in the emotional sincerity that made Vernon's debut so mesmerising.

4. Beyoncé - 4

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
71
28 reviews

3. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

February 18, 2011
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

2. Katy B - On a Mission

April 5, 2011
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/dec/01/best-albums-2011
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