Under the Radar’s Top 40 Debut Albums of 2011

Feb 08, 2012
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It may have been a difficult year for many people for a multitude of reasons (not least of all, the weak economy), but 2011 was certainly a great year for music. Here at Under the Radar we'd argue that it was an even better year for music than 2010 was, which is why this year we've come up with a Top 40 best debut albums of 2011, versus last year's Top 30.

Each of Under the Radar's writers submitted a list of their Top 20 favorite debut albums of the year. Those lists were all combined and tallied up to form Under the Radar's master Top 40 debuts of 2011 below.

 

1

EMA

Past Life Martyred Saints

Souterrain Transmissions

Erika M. Anderson emerged from the ashes of Gowns to turn out a solo record of anxious, guitar-driven noise folk. She lays bare new scars in every song, each one an angry hymn over a grinding hum. They aren’t always pretty, but were likely never meant to be. When Anderson sings “I’m just 22/I don’t mind dying” in “California,” it’s a reminder of how many more years of suffering this young artist (only six years older, in real life) could have left in her. Here’s hoping that’s not the case, but we’ll count ourselves lucky if they lead to more albums as wonderfully damaged as this one. By Austin Trunick

2

Yuck

Yuck

Fat Possum

3

Washed Out

Within and Without

Sub Pop

4

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

Domino

5

I Break Horses

Hearts

I Kill Love/Cooperative Music

6

SBTRKT

SBTRKT

Young Turks

7

Youth Lagoon

The Year of Hibernation

Fat Possum

8

Cat’s Eyes

Cat’s Eyes

Kooyp/Cooperative Music

9

Wild Flag

Wild Flag

Merge

10

Hooray for Earth

True Loves

Dovecote

11

James Blake

James Blake

Atlas/A&M

12

Summer Camp

Welcome to Condale

Apricot/Moshi Moshi

13

S.C.U.M

Again Into Eyes

Mute

14

The Stepkids

The Stepkids

Stones Throw

15

WU LYF

Go Tell the Fire to the Mountain

LYF

16

Iceage

New Brigade

What’s Your Rupture?

17

The Weeknd

House of Balloons

Self-Released

18

Big Black Delta

BBDLP1

Coming Home

19

Julianna Barwick

The Magic Place

Asthmatic Kitty

20

Lanterns on the Lake

Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Sleepyhead/Cooperative Music

21

Still Corners

Creatures of an Hour

Sub Pop

22

Cloud Control

Bliss Release

Turnout

23

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

It’s a Corporate World

Quite Scientific

24

Twin Sister

In Heaven

Domino

25

Shabazz Palaces

Black Up

Sub Pop

26

Cults

Cults

In the Name Of/Columbia

27

Austra

Let It Break

Domino

28

King Krule

King Krule EP

True Panther

29

Puro Instinct

Headbangers in Ecstasy

Mexican Summer

30

Treefight for Sunlight

A Collection of Vibrations for Your Skull

Friendly Fire

31

Caveman

Coco Beware

Magic Man!/ORG

32

GIVERS

In Light

Glassnote

33

Pure X

Pleasure

Acephale

34

Braids

Native Speaker

Flemish Eye/SpunkKanine/

35

Ford and Lopatin

Channel Pressure

Software

36

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Fat Possum

37

Blood Orange

Coastal Grooves

Domino

38

Widowspeak

Widowspeak

Captured Tracks

39

CANT

Dreams Come True

Terrible

40

Foster the People

Torches

Sony Music Entertainment/Startime International/Columbia

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Shelly Law
April 30th 2012
8:14am

Glad to see the lists of top 40 debut albums of 2011 indeed. The presentation you pop up here seems to me complicated things. Most of the albums are in my list though!

Paul Perito
June 17th 2012
2:07am

Truly an even better year for music, and a great release for the upcoming years.

Papa johns promo
February 4th 2016
6:21pm

Eight of them? Really interesting things going on right there at that place.

free Brazzers accounts
November 7th 2016
11:27am

SBTRKT and Yuck is my favorites here!! nice debuts this year though..

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July 5th 2017
9:32am

Nice information. Keep posting!