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2011 album reviews
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Akron Family II - The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans) psych-rock 6/10
Alias Fever Dream (Anticon) hip-hop 5/10
Tori Amos Night of Hunters (Deutsche Grammophon) songwriter 5/10
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man (Asian Man) punk-folk 7/10
Antlers Burst Apart (Frenchkiss) pop 6/10
Atlas Sound Parallax (4AD) pop 6/10
Azita Disturbing the Air (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Meg Baird Seasons on Earth (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Julianna Barwick The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty) voice 7/10
Battles Gloss Drop (Warp) post-rock 6/10
Beirut The Rip Tide (Pompeii) pop 5/10
Bjork Biophilia (Nonesuch) songwriter 5/10
Black Keys El Camino (label) alt-rock 6/10
Black Lips Arabia Mountain (Vice) garage 6/10
James Blake James Blake (Universal Republic) dubstep 7/10
Blanck Mass Blanck Mass (Rock Action) industrial 6/10
Boris Attention Please (Sargent House) metal 5/10
Boris Heavy Rocks (Sargent House) metal 5/10
Braids Native Speaker (Flemish Eye) prog-rock 7/10
Bright Eyes The People's Key (label) alt-rock 6/10
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow (Anti) songwriter 6/10
Bill Callahan Apocalypse (label) songwriter 5/10
Anna Calvi Anna Calvi (Domino) songwriter 6/10
Cave Neverendless (Drag City) psych-rock 6/10
Cheer-Accident's 17th album No Ifs Ands or Dogs (Cuneiform) prog 5/10
Clams Casino Instrumentals (Type) chillwave 7/10
Cold Cave Cherish The Light Years (Matador) synth-pop 5/10
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto (Parlophone) pop 4/10
Combat Astronomy Flak Planet (Zond) prog-rock 6/10
Comet Gain Howl Of The Lonely Crowd (What's Your Rupture) alt-rock 5/10
Date Palms Honey Devash (Mexican Summer) psych-rock 6/10
Dead Cat Bounce Chance Episode (Cuneiform) jazz 6/10
Dead Reptile Shrine The Sun Of Circles And Wood (Weird Forest) psych-rock 6/10
Dead Skeletons Dead Magick (A) psych-rock 7/10
Deaf Center Owl Splinters (Type) ambient 6/10
Deafheaven Roads To Judah (Deathwish) metal 6/10
Death Grips Exmilitary (Third Worlds) hip-hop 7/10
Deathspell Omega Diabolus Absconditus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) post-metal 7/10
Demdike Stare Tryptych (Modern Love) ambient dub 7/10
Destroyer Kaputt (Merge) synth-pop 5/10
Dirty Knobs Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell (self) ambient 7/10
DJ Shadow The Less You Know The Better (Verve) hip-hop 5/10
Dodos No Color (Wichita) pop 6/10
Dope Body Nupping (Hoss) noise-rock 7/10
Bob Drake Bob's Drive-in (ReR) retro 6/10
El Marrano de la Razon La Incoacion de las Desbordantes Anomalias Apocalipticas (Marrano) noise 6/10
Entropic Advance Textures (Symbolic Insight) electronica 6/10
James Ferraro album Far Side Virtual (Hippos in Tanks) vaporwave 7/10
Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic) rap 4/10
Field Looping State of Mind (Kompakt) techno 6/10
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues (SubPop) folk-rock 6/10
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials (Universal Republic) soul 5/10
JB Floyd Another Time and Place (Mutable) avantgarde 6/10
Fruit Bats Tripper (Subpop) alt-rock 4/10
Fucked Up David Comes to Life (Matador) hardcore 7/10
Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact (4AD) dance 6/10
Giles Corey Giles Corey (Enemies List) songwriter 7/10
Girls Father Son Holy Ghost (True Panther) bubblegum 6/10
Government Soulpuke (Pop Katari) prog-rock 7/10
Grails Deep Politics (Temporary Residence) post-rock 6/10
Gridlink Orphan (HydraHead) grindcore 6/10
Grouper A l A - Dream Loss / Alien Observer (Kranky) songwriter 7/10
Gum Takes Tooth Silent Cenotaph (Tigertrap) noise-rock 7/10
PJ Harvey Let England Shake (label) songwriter 6/10
John Wesley Harding The Sound of His Own Voice (Yep Roc) songwriter 4/10
Haxan Cloak The Haxan Cloak (Aurora Borealis) digital 6/10
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky) ambient 7/10
Rene Hell The Terminal Symphony (Type) electronica 6/10
Matthew Herbert One Pig (Accidental) sampling 6/10
Hillmen The Whiskey Mountain Sessions (Firepool) jazz-rock 6/10
Julia Holter Tragedy (Leaving) songwriter 8/10
Jenny Hval Viscera (Rune Grammofon) songwriter 7/10
I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids Innocence (self) glitch 7/10
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner) songwriter 6/10
Bon Iver Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 5/10
Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company) electronica 7/10
Jacaszek Glimmer (Gusstaff) avant 6/10
Jessica Jalbert Brother Loyola (Old Ugly) songwriter 6/10
Dan Joseph Tonalization for the Afterlife (Mutable) avantgarde 7/10
Jute Gyte Verstiegenheit (Jeshimoth) black-metal 5/10
Wyatt Keusch Object-Relations (Mille Plateaux) IDM 5/10
Kills Blood Pressures (Domino) alt-rock 5/10
Krallice Diotima (Profound Lore) metal 6/10
Kreng Grimoire (Miasmah) post-rock 6/10
Bun-Ching Lam Heidelberg Concerts (Mutable) classical 8/10
Bill Laswell Blixt (Cuneiform) jazz-rock 6/10
Lawless Habit Forming (Mille Plateaux) ambient 6/10
Liturgy Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey) metal 7/10
Lodsb Lazer.Eyes.Love (Force Intel) breakcore 6/10
Alvin Lucier Almost New York (Pogus) avant 5/10
Lumerians Transmalinnia (Knitting Factory) psych-rock 7/10
Julian Lynch Terra (Underwater Peoples) songwriter 7/10
M83 Hurry Up We're Dreaming (Mute) synth-pop 6/10
Macintosh Plus Floral Shoppe (Beer on the Rug) vaporwave 7/10
Steve Maclean Ensemble GPS (ReR) prog 5/10
Keeril Makan Target (Starkland) avant 6/10
Stephen Malkmus Mirror Traffic (label) songwriter 5/10
Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know (Ribbon) songwriter 6/10
Cass McCombs Wit's End (label) songwriter 5/10
Men Leave Home (Sacred Bones) garage 7/10
Mitochondrion Parasignosis (Profound Lore) death/black 7/10
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (Sub Pop) post-rock 5/10
Charlie Morrow Toot (Experimental Intermedia) avant 7/10
Natural Snow Buildings Waves Of The Random Sea (Blackest Rainbow) droning 6/10
Natural Snow Buildings Chants Of Niflheim (Blackest Rainbow) droning 6/10
Necks Mindset (ReR) jazz-rock 6/10
Odonis Odonis Hollandaze (Fat Cat) garage 6/10
Okkervil River I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar) roots-rock 6/10
Oneohtrix Point Never Replica (Mexican Summer) ambient 6/10
Oranssi Pazuzu Kosmonument (Spinefarm) space-rock 7/10
Panda Bear Tomboy (Paw Tracks) songwriter 6/10
Peste Noire L'Ordure A L'Etat Pur (Rosenkrantz) metal 7/10
Pharoah Chromium Electric Cremation (Grautag) electronic 7/10
Roly Porter Aftertime (Subtext Recordings) ambient 7/10
Psychic Paramount II (No Quarter) post-rock 6/10
Pyrrhon An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master (Selfmadegod) death 7/10
Radiohead The King of Limbs (Not on Label) post-rock 5/10
Real Estate Days (Domino) folk-rock 5/10
Lou Reed with Metallica Lulu (Warner) songwriter 5/10
Graham Repulski Electric Worrier (Shorter) songwriter 6/10
Roll The Dice In Dust (Leaf) electronica 7/10
Scumbag Philosopher It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing (Word & Music) punk-pop 4/10
Should Like A Fire Without Sound (Words on Music) slocore 5/10
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What (Universal) songwriter 5/10
St Vincent Strange Mercy (4AD) songwriter 6/10
Strokes Angles (RCA) pop 4/10
Sun Araw Ancient Romans (Sun Ark Records) psych-rock 7/10
Pete Swanson Man with Potential (Type) industrial 7/10
Matthew Sweet Modern Art (Missing Pieces) pop 5/10
That Handsome Devil The Heart Goes to Heaven The Head Goes to Hell (Lgm) retro 6/10
Thee Oh Sees Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In the Red) psych-rock 7/10
Three Trapped Tigers Route One or Die (Blood And Biscuits) prog-rock 6/10
Amon Tobin ISAM (Ninja Tune) noise 6/10
tUnE-YaRDs Whokill (4AD) songwriter 7/10
Alexander Turnquist Hallway Of Mirrors (VHF) guitar 6/10
TV On The Radio Nine Types of Light (Interscope) alt-rock 6/10
Tycho Dive (Ghostly International) electronic 6/10
US Girls On Kraak (Kraak) songwriter 6/10
Vektor Outer Isolation (Heavy Artillery) metal 6/10
Veronica Falls Veronica Falls (Slumberland) pop 7/10
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Tom Waits Bad As Me (Anti) songwriter 6/10
War on Drugs Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) roots-rock 7/10
Kanye West & Jay-Z Watch The Throne (label) hip-hop 6/10
Weyes Blood The Outside Room (Not Not Fun) freak folk 7.5 /10
White Suns Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode) noise-rock 7/10
Wilco The Whole Love (Anti) country-pop 6/10
Wild Flag Wild Flag (Merge) punk-pop 6/10
Lucinda Williams Blessed (Lost Highway) songwriter 5/10
Patrick Wolf Lupercalia (Hideout) songwriter 5/10
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis (Pendu Sound) songwriter 6/10
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord) black metal 6/10
Nate Wooley The Almond (Pogues) avantgarde 7/10
Wu Lyf Go Tell Fire to the Mountain (LYF) alt-rock 5/10
Yamantaka Sonic Titan YT // ST (Psychic Handshake) psych-rock 7/10
Zebulon Pike Space Is The Corpse Of Time (Unfortunate Music) metal 6/10

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