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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 Albums
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  1. Julia Holter: Tragedy (Leaving)

  2. Weyes Blood: The Outside Room (Not Not Fun)
  3. I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids: Innocence (self)
  4. Peste Noire: L'Ordure A L'Etat Pur (Rosenkrantz)
  5. Jenny Hval: Viscera (Rune Grammofon)
  6. Roly Porter: Aftertime (Subtext Recordings)
  7. Dirty Knobs: Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell (Xero Music)
  8. Julianna Barwick: The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)
  9. Demdike Stare: Tryptych (Modern Love)
  10. Gnod: Chaudelande Volume 1 (Tamed Records)
  11. Giles Corey: Giles Corey (Enemies List)
  12. Liturgy: Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey)
  13. Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)
  14. The Men: Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
  15. Death Grips: Exmilitary (Third Worlds)
  16. White Suns: Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode)
  17. Mitochondrion: Parasignosis (Profound Lore)
  18. James Blake: James Blake (Universal Republic)
  19. Lumerians: Transmalinnia (Knitting Factory)
  20. Dan Joseph: Tonalization for the Afterlife (Mutable)
  21. Gum Takes Tooth: Silent Cenotaph (Tigertrap)
  22. Fucked Up: David Comes to Life (Matador)
  23. James Ferraro: Far Side Virtual (Hippos in Tanks)
  24. Nate Wooley: The Almond (Pogues)
  25. Theresa Wong: The Unlearning (Tzadik)
  26. Pete Swanson: Man with Potential (Type)
  27. tUnE-YaRDs: Whokill (4AD)
  28. Braids: Native Speaker (Flemish Eye)
  29. Dead Skeletons: Dead Magick (A)
  30. Sun Araw: Ancient Romans (Sun Ark)
  31. Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold)
  32. Pyrrhon: An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master (Selfmadegod)
  33. Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
  34. Clams Casino: Instrumentals (Type)
  35. War On Drugs: Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)
  36. Oranssi Pazuzu: Kosmonument (Spinefarm)
  37. Veronica Falls: Veronica Falls (Slumberland)
  38. Full of Hell: Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home (A389)
  39. Ulcerate: The Destroyers of All (Willowtip)
  40. Blu: NoYork (self)
  41. Government: Soulpuke (Pop Katari)
  42. Gigan: Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes (Willowtip)
  43. Puce Mary: The Closed Room (Posh Isolation)
  44. Roll The Dice: In Dust (Leaf)
  45. Pharoah Chromium: Electric Cremation (Grautag)
  46. Vektroid/ Macintosh Plus: Floral Shoppe (Beer on the Rug)
  47. Dope Body: Nupping (Hoss)
  48. El Marrano de la Razon: La Incoacion de las Desbordantes Anomalias Apocalipticas (self)
EPs and minis:
  1. Endon: Acme Apathy Amok ()
  2. Yamantaka Sonic Titan: YT // ST (Psychic Handshake) 7.5
  3. Grouper: Dream Loss (Kranky), 7.5/10 (mini)
  4. Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In the Red) (EP) 7.5/10
  5. Deathspell Omega: Diabolus Absconditus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) 7.5
  6. Andy Stott: Passed Me By (Modern Love) 7.5
  7. Laurel Halo: Hour Logic (Hippos In Tanks) (EP) 7/10
  8. Grouper: Alien Observer (Kranky), 7/10 (mini)
  9. Fatima Al Qadiri: Genre-Specific Xperience (UNO), 7/10 (EP)
  10. Nicolas Jaar: Don't Break My Love (Clown and Sunset) (EP) 7/10
  11. Andrew Jackson Jihad: Knife Man (Asian Man)
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  1. Adele: Rolling in the Deep
  2. Endon: The Spasm Of Confession
  3. Weyes Blood: Storms That Breed
  4. Tom Waits: Chicago
  5. Liturgy: High Gold
  6. Mamaleek: Wake Up Jacob
  7. Thee Oh Sees: Contraption/Soul Desert
  8. Grouper: Moon Is Sharp
  9. Ulterior: Sister Speed
  10. St Vincent: Northern Lights
  11. Fucked Up: Queen Of Hearts
  12. Grails: All The Colors Of The Dark
  13. Jenny Hval: Portrait Of The Young Girl As An Artist
  14. Julianna Barwick: White Flag
  15. Lumerians: Catalini Rises
  16. The Men: ()
  17. Lumerians: Burning Mirrors
  18. Mogwai: Mexican Grand Prix
  19. Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
  20. Bob Drake: Everybody Wants to Meet My Raccoon
  21. Battles: Futura
  22. Radiohead: Little By Little
  23. James Ferraro: Adventures in Green Foot Printing
  24. M83: New Map
  25. Kurt Vile: Ghost Town
  26. Kanye West: Gotta Have It
  27. St Vincent: Cruel
  28. Fucked Up: Ship Of Fools
  29. Atlas Sound: Mona Lisa
  30. Girls: Vomit
  31. Dead Reptile Shrine: Summer Forest's Magic
  32. Dead Skeletons: Yama
  33. TV On The Radio: Second Song
  34. The Men: Think
  35. Tom Waits: Talking At The Same Time
  36. Death Grips: Culture Shock
  37. Oranssi Pazuzu: Maavaltimo
  38. Pete Swanson: Face The Music
  39. Deafheaven: Language Games
  40. Lykke Li: Get Some
  41. Dope Body : The Shape Of Grunge To Come
  42. Iron & Wine: Rabbit Will Run
  43. Go Team: Ready to Go Steady
  44. Moon Duo: Seer
  45. Patrick Wolf: Armistice
  46. Full of Hell: Dregs Of Pluto
  47. White Suns: First Purge
  48. Blanck Mass: Land Disasters
  49. Steve Earle: Waitin' on the Sky
  50. Burial: Stolen Dog
  51. Bon Iver: Holocene
  52. Pseudo Nippon: Jebubu And The Whale
  53. Ayshay: Warn-U
  54. King Dude: Lucifer Light of the World
  55. Clams Casino: All I Need
  56. Frank Turner: If Ever I Stray
  57. Lykke Li: Youth Knows No Pain
  58. Car Seat Headrest: Sunburned Shirts
  59. Holy Other: Yr Love
  60. Future Islands: Before the Bridge
  61. Graham Repulski: Molten Girls Iowa
  62. Azealia Banks: 212
  63. Clams Casino: Gorilla
  64. Jessica Jalbert: Whatever Whoever
  65. Lucinda Williams: Buttercup
  66. A$AP Rocky: Wassup
  67. Graham Repulski: Everyone Likes My Three Dollar Shirt
  68. US Girls: Pamela + GG
  69. Blu: Everything's OK
  70. Dope Body : Loner Stoner
  71. Paul White: The Doldrums
  72. Royal Headache : Down the Lane
  73. Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ): Back Pack
  74. James Ferraro: New Waver From Hawaii Saturn
  75. Dirty Beaches: Sweet 17
  76. Andy Stott: Dark Details
  77. Dear Hunter: A Curse Of Cynicism

Extended compositions
  1. Julia Holter: Tragedy Finale
  2. Yamantaka Sonic Titan: A Star Over Pureland
  3. Puce Mary: Iron Tulip
  4. Weyes Blood: Candyboy
  5. I Am A Lake Of Burning Orchids: Superclub
  6. Disappears: Revisiting
  7. Dirty Knobs: The Monks' Infinite Machine
  8. Roly Porter: Giedi Prime
  9. Gnod: Tony's First Communion
  10. Nate Wooley: The Almond
  11. Julia Holter: The Falling Age
  12. Dan Joseph : Tonalization for the Afterlife
  13. Peste Noire: Casse Peches Fractures Et Traditions
  14. Grouper: Vapor Trails
  15. Thee Oh Sees: The Dream
  16. Natural Snow Buildings: Drift The Water Soul
  17. Bill Orcutt: A Line From Ol' Man River
  18. Gang Gang Dance: Glass Jar
  19. Alexander Turnquist: Waiting At The Departure Gate
  20. Grails: I Led Three Lives
  21. Giles Corey: No One Is Ever Going To Want Me
  22. Sun Araw: At Delphi
  23. Dirty Knobs: A Lament Crosses the Horizon
  24. Pete Swanson: Stuff It
  25. Braids: Glass Deers
  26. Entropic Advance: Burning
  27. Necks: Daylights
  28. Wolves in the Throne Room: Prayer of Transformation
  29. Alog: Last Day at the Assembly Line
  30. Liturgy: Veins of God
  31. Barn Owl: The Darkest Night Since 1683
  32. Glenn Jones: The Orca Grande Cement Factory at Victorville
  33. Sun Araw: Crete
  34. Fatima Al Qadiri: D-medley
  35. Pyrrhon: A Terrible Master
  36. Laurel Halo: Head
  37. El Marrano de la Razon: La Marcha de la Realidad Caduca
  38. Dirty Knobs: The Locust Eaters
  39. Carlton Melton: Country Ways
  40. Ulcerate: Omens
  41. Deafheaven: Violet
  42. Oranssi Pazuzu: Andromeda
  43. Orgone: Void of Course
  44. Echologist: Creation
  45. Mitochondrion: Tetravirulence
  46. Gigan: Mountains Perched Like Beasts Awaiting the Attack
  47. Roll the Dice: Way Out
  48. Yob: Adrift in the Ocean
  49. Grouper: She Loves Me That Way
  50. Blanck Mass: What You Know
  51. Vladislav Delay: Lipite
  52. Fourth World Magazine: The Spectacle of the Light Festival
  53. Steven Wilson: Raider II

  1. Alex Sipiagin: Destinations Unknown
  2. Fred Ho: The Sweet Science Suite (Big Red Media)
  3. John Escreet: Exception to the Rule
  4. Fred Ho: Big Red (Big Red Media)
  5. Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (Constellation)
  6. Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel (ECM)
  7. Ambrose Akinmusire: When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
  8. Satoko Fujii and KAZE: Rafale
  9. Harriet Tubman: Ascension
  10. Darius Jones: Cosmic Lieder
  11. Rez Abbasi: Suno Suno (Enja)
  12. Jojo Mayer's Nerve's The Distance Between Zero and One (2011)

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