The Needle Drop's Favorite Albums of 2011

The Needle Drop's Favorite Albums of 2011

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49.

Craft Spells - Idle Labor
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
69
4 reviews

48.

CunninLynguists - Oneirology
March 15, 2011
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

46.

May 3, 2011
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

On their latest album, the Beastie Boys still sound like they're at the top of their game--which is fantastic considering their age. There's a kinetic energy between the three of them that's difficult to explain.

44.

Milo - I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here
November 1, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

42.

October 11, 2011
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

41.

Wormrot - Dirge
May 3, 2011
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

38.

April 5, 2011
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

37.

Havok - Time is Up
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

36.

October 31, 2011
Critic Score
79
13 reviews
On ASAP Rocky's full-length debut, the Harlem rapper spits over some of the best production I've heard this year.

35.

Shlohmo - Bad Vibes
August 9, 2011
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

34.

September 20, 2011
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

33.

December 6, 2011
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

31.

Vektor - Outer Isolation
November 22, 2011
Critic Score
80
1 review

30.

The Log.Os - λόγος
November 13, 2011
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
On this debut mini-LP from the Log.Os, this new project creates a spacey, futuristic link between soul, dowtempo, R&B, beat music, and electronica.

28.

AJJ - Knife Man
September 20, 2011
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

26.

Giles Corey - Giles Corey
April 30, 2011
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
Dan Barrett's latest project, a full-length album and book, is both a personal and fictional exploration of death, suicide, depression, and the afterlife.

25.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

24.

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
On Oneohtrix Point Never's latest album, producer Daniel Lopatin casually saunters into the field of sample-based music, and kicks total ass.

23.

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG
September 17, 2011
Critic Score
80
1 review

20.

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

19.

Cormorant - Dwellings
December 6, 2011
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

17.

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

16.

January 7, 2011
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

15.

Disma - Towards the Megalith
July 19, 2011
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

14.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

13.

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

12.

August 15, 2011
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

Detroit rapper Danny Brown's latest album functions in extremes. They're not really the angry, voluminous extremes the latest Death Grips album functions on. They're more like extremes of excess.

10.

July 2, 2011
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar doesn't follow the usual tough and hardened stereotypes that come with repping the California city. The guy isn't a wimp, but he's more interested in saying something thought-provoking than violent.

9.

January 31, 2011
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
Nicolas Jaar's debut LP is a dark exercise in bleak dance beats, sound collages, and ambient interludes.

8.

May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

7.

La Dispute - Wildlife
October 4, 2011
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

6.

March 22, 2011
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

5.

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
90
34 reviews
PJ Harvey's latest album is easily one of her most accessible and cohesive. The lyrics are loaded with political ammunition, dealing with every from war to England as an institution. Imagery of soldiers and deformed children make it a pretty dark listen, and the production only enhances the experience.

4.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

On Black Up, Shabazz Palaces take hip hop deep into the left field with odd beats and surreal effects. It's definitely an indulgent LP that requires a little bit of effort from the listener, but repeating these songs until they completely unfold is worth the wait.

3.

June 7, 2011
Critic Score
78
33 reviews
If this was a test, Battles passed with flying pink colors. The instrumentation, musicianship, and grooves throughout this album are intense as hell. And guest vocalists like Matias Aguayo and Yamantaka Eye freaking kill it!

2.

April 26, 2011
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Death Grips' first mixtape is a grim look at mankind's worst personality traits:: greed, addiction, anger. And the beats are just as offensive as the screamed rap vocals--which only helps get the point across.

1.

May 3, 2011
Critic Score
83
35 reviews

On Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes improve just about everything that they were doing on their last album.

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