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Best of 2011

Wild Beasts - Smother

11. Smother
- Wild Beasts

"extraordinarily elegant, stunning, (near)-perfect" NME
• Buy: CD ( 7.14) | MP3 ( 5.99)
• More by Wild Beasts

Chase and Status - No More Idols

12. No More Idols
- Chase and Status

"Ballistic rave pop with tough bass-laden sounds" Telegraph
• Buy: CD ( 4.76) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Chase and Status

Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

13. So Beautiful or So What
- Paul Simon

"rich, surprising and ultimately satisfying" Telegraph
• Buy: CD ( 9.99) | MP3 ( 7.99)
• More by Paul Simon

SBTRKT- SBTRKT

14. SBTRKT
- SBTRKT

"killer pop sensibility"
BBC
• Buy: CD ( 8.22) | MP3 ( 7.99)
• More by SBTRKT

Ry Cooder - Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

15. Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
- Ry Cooder

"refreshing, brave and original" Guardian
• Buy: CD ( 16.48) | MP3 ( 8.99)
• More by Ry Cooder

Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne

16. Watch the Throne
- Jay-Z and Kanye West

"funny, hard-hitting, thrilling" Telegraph
• Buy: CD ( 7.63) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Jay-Z | Kanye West

Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam

17. Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
- Ghostpoet

"a genuinely unique direction...fascinating" BBC
• Buy: CD ( 7.52) | MP3 ( )
• More by Ghostpoet

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

18. Ceremonials - Florence + The Machine

"a great pop record" NME
• Buy: CD ( 6.00) | MP3 ( )
• More by Florence + The Machine

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

19. Wounded Rhymes
- Lykke Li

"outstanding...almost overwhelming" BBC
• Buy: CD ( 2.85) | MP3 ( 5.99)
• More by Lady Gaga

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

20. Mylo Xyloto
- Coldplay

"uplifting...inspirational, belongs among the stars" Q
• Buy: CD ( 4.99) | MP3 ( 5.99)
• More by Coldplay

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

21. Suck It And See
- Arctic Monkeys

"confident, melodic...expertly played" Pitchfork
• Buy: CD ( 11.99) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Arctic Monkeys

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

22. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

" the best...since his Morning Glory days"
NME
• Buy: CD ( 9.75) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Horrors - Skying

23. Skying - Horrors

"truly, every song here hits its mark" BBC
• Buy: CD ( 8.99) | MP3 ( 5.99)
• More by Horrors

Mastodon - The Hunter

24. The Hunter
- Mastodon

"both their most concise and their thrilling best" Q
• Buy: CD ( 7.11) | MP3 ( 7.49)
• More by Mastodon

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!

25. Build a Rocket Boys!
- Elbow

"intelligent, eloquent and heartfelt" Drowned in Sound
• Buy: CD ( 5.99) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Elbow

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

26. Strange Mercy
- St. Vincent

"her most potent and cathartic release yet " Pitchfork
• Buy: CD ( 7.79) | MP3 ( 7.99)
• More by St. Vincent

Nero - Welcome Reality

27. Welcome Reality
- Nero

"big, hook-laden tunes"
Guardian
• Buy: CD ( 5.99) | MP3 ( 7.99)
• More by Nero

Kasabian - Velociraptor!

28. Velociraptor!
- Kasabian

"deliver(s) with verve and imagination" Mojo
• Buy: CD ( 5.00) | MP3 ( 4.99)
• More by Kasabian

The Antlers - Burst Apart

29. Burst Apart
- The Antlers

"creeps by slowly, enticing you...keeping you fixated"
Guardian
• Buy: CD ( ) | MP3 ( )
• More by The Antlers

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & the Harvest

30. The Harrow & the Harvest
- Gillian Welch

"intuitively performed...simply excellent" Mojo
• Buy: CD ( 10.70) | MP3 ( 7.49)
• More by Gillian Welch

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