The Guardian's Best Albums of 2011

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50.

January 7, 2011
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

46.

August 30, 2011
Critic Score
75
27 reviews

44.

Marius Neset - Golden Xplosion
May 17, 2011
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

43.

Machine Head - Unto the Locust
September 27, 2011
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

42.

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

41.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews
A thrilling, space-age vision of modern hip-hop.

40.

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

39.

The Streets - Computers and Blues
February 8, 2011
Critic Score
69
22 reviews

38.

Nicola Roberts - Cinderella's Eyes
October 4, 2011
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

36.

September 6, 2011
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

35.

May 17, 2011
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

34.

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

33.

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

32.

March 1, 2011
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

31.

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

29.

November 21, 2011
Critic Score
85
32 reviews

50 Words for Snow is extraordinary business as usual for Bush, meaning it's packed with the kind of ideas you can't imagine anyone else in rock having.

28.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

27.

February 19, 2011
Critic Score
76
36 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.

October 4, 2011
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

23.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

19.

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
30 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.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
35 reviews

17.

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

16.

July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
29 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.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

14.

October 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

12.

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

11.

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

10.

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

9.

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

8.

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

6.

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
32 reviews
James Blake's debut is not an easy listen, but it's exactly what modern pop needs

5.

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
35 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.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
71
29 reviews

3.

February 18, 2011
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

2.

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