30.) Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang
Raekwon continues his hot streak with another great album sans RZA.
29.) Blueprint - Adventures in Counter Culture
The Columbus, Ohio native examines American popular cultures, with one of the most original and creative releases of the year.
28.) Blu - No York!
Blu's major label debut that never was, is one of the most polarizing releases of the year, but was also one of the more enjoyable.
27.) Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
Death Cab's latest is filled with more optimism than previous releases, and more keys.
T-26.) Yuck - Self-titled
Whoops, I accidentally forgot to add the British band Yuck to my Excel project. So I put them tied with The Black Keys as they both had a score of 67. Their grungey debut is a straight 90s throwback from the heavy guitar riffs, to the minimalistic (but effective songwriting), and to the (presumably intentional) shitty mixing.
T-26.) The Black Keys - El Camino
The Keys' latest is their poppiest release yet, but it's also one of their best.
25.) Murs - Love & Rockets Vol. 1
Murs teams up with Ski Beatz for his best release in a few years.
24.) Beirut - The Rip Tide
The baroque pop band drops one of the prettier releases of 2011.
23.) Bright Eyes - The People's Key
On Bright Eyes' rumored-to-be last album, Conor Oberst's songwriting covers religion and aliens, but I assure you it's still pretty awesome.
22.) Evidence - Cats & Dogs
Evidence's long-awaited Rhymesayers debut shows the Dilated Peoples rep at his most personal over incredible production handled mostly by Alchemist.
21.) J-Live - S.P.I.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)
The underground vet drops some phenomenal boom bap vibes