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The Best Rock Albums of 2011

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock
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    8/10
  1. Julia Holter: Tragedy (Leaving)
    7.5/10
  2. I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids: Innocence (self)
  3. Peste Noire: L'Ordure A L'Etat Pur (Rosenkrantz)
  4. Jenny Hval: Viscera (Rune Grammofon)
  5. Roly Porter: Aftertime (Subtext Recordings)
  6. Dirty Knobs: Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell (self)
  7. Julianna Barwick: The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)
  8. Demdike Stare: Tryptych (Modern Love)
  9. Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)
  10. The Men: Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
    7/10
  11. Death Grips: Exmilitary (Third Worlds)
  12. Mitochondrion: Parasignosis (Profound Lore)
  13. James Blake: James Blake (Universal Republic)
  14. Lumerians: Transmalinnia (Knitting Factory)
  15. Dan Joseph: Tonalization for the Afterlife (Mutable)
  16. Gum Takes Tooth: Silent Cenotaph (Tigertrap)
  17. Fucked Up: David Comes to Life (Matador)
  18. Pete Swanson: Man with Potential (Type)
  19. tUnE-YaRDs: Whokill (4AD)
  20. Braids: Native Speaker (Flemish Eye)
  21. Dead Skeletons: Dead Magick (A)
  22. Sun Araw: Ancient Romans (Sun Ark)
  23. Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold)
  24. Pyrrhon: An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master (Selfmadegod)
  25. Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
  26. War On Drugs: Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)
  27. Veronica Falls: Veronica Falls (Slumberland)
  28. Full of Hell: Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home (A389)
  29. Ulcerate: The Destroyers of All (Willowtip)
  30. Gigan: Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes (Willowtip)
  31. Puce Mary: The Closed Room (Posh Isolation)
EPs and minis:
  1. Yamantaka Sonic Titan: YT // ST (Psychic Handshake) 7.5
  2. Grouper: Dream Loss (Kranky), 7.5/10 (mini)
  3. Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In the Red) (EP) 7.5/10
  4. Deathspell Omega: Diabolus Absconditus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) 7.5
  5. Laurel Halo: Hour Logic (Hippos In Tanks) (EP) 7/10
  6. Grouper: Alien Observer (Kranky), 7/10 (mini)
  7. Fatima Al Qadiri: Genre-Specific Xperience (UNO), 7/10 (EP)
Playlist
  1. Tom Waits: Chicago
  2. Thee Oh Sees: Contraption/Soul Desert
  3. Grouper: Moon Is Sharp
  4. Ulterior: Sister Speed
  5. St Vincent: Northern Lights
  6. Fucked Up: Queen Of Hearts
  7. Grails: All The Colors Of The Dark
  8. Jenny Hval: Portrait Of The Young Girl As An Artist
  9. Julianna Barwick: White Flag
  10. Lumerians: Catalini Rises
  11. The Men: ()
  12. Lumerians: Burning Mirrors
  13. Mogwai: Mexican Grand Prix
  14. Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
  15. Bob Drake: Everybody Wants to Meet My Raccoon
  16. Battles: Futura
  17. Radiohead: Little By Little
  18. M83: New Map
  19. Kurt Vile: Ghost Town
  20. Kanye West: Gotta Have It
  21. St Vincent: Cruel
  22. Fucked Up: Ship Of Fools
  23. Atlas Sound: Mona Lisa
  24. Girls: Vomit
  25. Dead Reptile Shrine: Summer Forest's Magic
  26. Dead Skeletons: Yama
  27. TV On The Radio: Second Song
  28. Tom Waits: Talking At The Same Time
  29. Death Grips: Culture Shock
  30. Pete Swanson: Face The Music
  31. Deafheaven: Language Games
  32. Likke Li: Get Some
  33. Iron & Wine: Rabbit Will Run
  34. Go Team: Ready to Go Steady
  35. Moon Duo: Seer
  36. Patrick Wolf: Armistice
  37. Full of Hell: Dregs Of Pluto
  38. Steve Earle: Waitin' on the Sky
  39. Burial: Stolen Dog
  40. Pseudo Japan: Jebubu And The Whale
  41. Ayshay: Warn-U
  42. King Dude: Lucifer Light of the World

Extended tracks
  1. Julia Holter: Tragedy Finale
  2. Yamantaka Sonic Titan: A Star Over Pureland
  3. Puce Mary: Iron Tulip
  4. I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids: Superclub
  5. Dirty Knobs: The Monks' Infinite Machine
  6. Roly Porter: Giedi Prime
  7. Julia Holter: The Falling Age
  8. Dan Joseph : Tonalization for the Afterlife
  9. Nate Wooley: The Almond (Pogues)
  10. Peste Noire: Casse Peches Fractures Et Traditions
  11. Grouper: Vapor Trails
  12. Thee Oh Sees: The Dream
  13. Natural Snow Buildings: Drift The Water Soul
  14. Bill Orcutt: A Line From Ol' Man River
  15. Gang Gang Dance: Glass Jar
  16. Alexander Turnquist: Waiting At The Departure Gate
  17. Grails: I Led Three Lives
  18. Sun Araw: At Delphi
  19. Dirty Knobs: A Lament Crosses the Horizon
  20. Pete Swanson: Stuff It
  21. Braids: Glass Deers
  22. Entropic Advance: Burning
  23. Necks: Daylights
  24. Wolves in the Throne Room: Prayer of Transformation
  25. Alog: Last Day at the Assembly Line
  26. Barn Owl: The Darkest Night Since 1683
  27. Glenn Jones: The Orca Grande Cement Factory at Victorville
  28. Sun Araw: Crete
  29. Fatima Al Qadiri: D-medley
  30. Pyrrhon: A Terrible Master
  31. Laurel Halo: Head
  32. Dirty Knobs: The Locust Eaters
  33. Carlton Melton: Country Ways
  34. Ulcerate: Omens
  35. Deafheaven: Violet
  36. Orgone: Void of Course
  37. Echologist: Creation
  38. Mitochondrion: Tetravirulence
  39. Gigan: Mountains Perched Like Beasts Awaiting the Attack
Jazz
  1. Fred Ho: The Sweet Science Suite (Big Red Media)
  2. Fred Ho: Big Red (Big Red Media)
  3. Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (Constellation)
  4. Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel (ECM)
  5. Ambrose Akinmusire: When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
  6. Satoko Fujii and KAZE: Rafale
  7. Harriet Tubman: Ascension
  8. Darius Jones: Cosmic Lieder

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