Top 50 Albums of 2011 (10-1)

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Top 50 Albums of 2011 (10-1)
2011 was a shitty year, with even the greatest moments (such as The Arab Spring) tinged with violence.  Musically, it was all over the place, leading to a diverse collection in QRO’s Top 50 Albums of the Year, and even our Top Ten:
10 PJ Harvey
Let England Shake

The astonishingly talented and always unpredictable singer-songwriter returns with a haunting and touching meditation on war.
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9 St. Vincent
Strange Mercy

Annie Clark delivers once again on her third album.  Her distinct Baroque pop is propelled forward into even more expansive and adventurous musical terrain.
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8 Wild Flag
Wild Flag

Indie-rock veterans Timony, Brownstein, Weiss and Cole debut with a fresh sound made of power pop melodies, classic rock riffages, ‘60s garage, and a punk energy that makes it feel like this is the first band they’ve ever been in.
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7 Wye Oak

Third and most cohesive album to date from the critically acclaimed Baltimore duo, showcasing excellent indie-rock with a touch of shoegaze, noise and folk.
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6 Thurston Moore
Demolished Thoughts

A Beck-produced solo album from Sonic Youth’s legendary guitarist, recorded during the breakup of indie rock’s favorite longtime couple.  Out of the fire & ashes, a phoenix rises.
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5 Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost

The former bad bad boy, druggie buzz-band from San Fran claims their rightful place in the top tier of indie acts with a rock ‘n’ roll album both intimate and epic.
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4 Radiohead
The King of Limbs

The biggest band in alternative music go from strength to strength with another acclaimed entry in their canon.
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3 tUnE-yArDs
w h o k i l l

Merrill Garbus makes her voice heard over bright, textured sounds drawn from diverse inspirations.
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2 M83
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Anthony Gonzalez takes the shameless fun of the ‘80s and adds his own signature dose of shoegaze – the result of which is a sound that is otherworldly, and oh, so epic.
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1 Bon Iver
Bon Iver

Justin Vernon’s intensely personal nature and intimacy makes Bon Iver play like a Wisconsin winter’s morning: bright yet cold, foggy yet focused, and a beautiful as it is brutal.
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