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2011 Best Albums - What goes on?

Red on Black
 
Slave Ambient
Slave Ambient
"You need this. WOD mainman Adam Granduciel produces uber classic American rock but also throws in curveball German influences. One for the rock connoisseur. Download Best Night & Baby missiles"
Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
"A true musical event with timeless harmonies, superb musicians and the astonishing songwriting skills of Robin Pecknold. This is rock music redemption. Download Grown Ocean and The Shrine/An Argument"
Bad As Me
Bad As Me
"Tom Waits raids the junkyard of American music and strikes gold. The world is a better place because this man draws breath. His best LP in years. Download - oh look buy the bloody thing!"
Let England Shake
Let England Shake
"P J Harvey absolutely nails it on this astonishing album shaped by turmoil and war. No other British solo artist is doing anything this original - Download All & Everyone and Last living rose"
The Harrow & the Harvest
The Harrow & the Harvest
"Gillian Welch returns after 8 years with her partner David Rawlings and the worlds a better place. Heartfelt, traditional and beautiful music played to perfection. Download Scarlet Town & Tennessee"
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
"Cooder the veteran guitarist produces his best album in ages. A searing state of the nation report on the ills of the US. Download Dirty Chateau & Humpty Dumpty World"
Last of the Country Gentlemen
Last of the Country Gentlemen
"After a lost decade the genius behind Lift to Experience, Josh T Pearson returns with a brilliant album of raw, bleak beauty and dripping in despair - Download Sorry with a song and Country Dumb"
C'mon
C'mon
"Over two decades the Deluth slowcore trio have turned into one of America's finest bands here with Nels Cline in tow on a album packed with great songs- Download Done and Nothing but heart"
Smother
Smother
"A change of direction and an exquisite, slow burning classic from the UKs best band of the past 3 years namely the sublime Wild Beasts - Download Lions Share & Albatross"
A Creature I Don't Know
A Creature I Don't Know
"A fierce talent and best new British songwriter bar none. Who knows what is possible with the great Laura Marling. Download Sophia & Night after Night"
Barton Hollow
Barton Hollow
"The Civil Wars  quietly stormed Jools Holland. Tennessee duo are the ones to watch in the US at the moment and make bitter sweet country anthems - Download Poison and Wine and  20 years"
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"A dizzying range of classic rock influences stirred into something new and unique from one of the most inventive bands on the planet. Download Burnished and Back at the farm"
Kiss Each Other Clean
Kiss Each Other Clean
"Sam Beams fine new album takes him in a new funky direction and it succeeds wonderfully - Download Godless brother in love and  Big burned hand"
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
"Perhaps not as good as "For Emma" but lovely and lush music from Justin Vernon with real warmth. Download Perth and Michicant  but AVOID Beth/Rest"
The King Is Dead
The King Is Dead
"What a fine songwriter Colin Meloy has become and here he asks Gillian Welch and Peter Buck to assist the wonderful Decemberists.  Perfect Americana follows - Download  Rise to me and June Hymn"
Ashes & Fire
Ashes & Fire
"One excellent reviewer describes this as "Mercurial genius reconnects with Gram Parsons muse" A splendid return to form for Adams. Download - Dirty rain & Lucky now"
Last
Last
"A dark and brooding album by Northumberland's finest and the greatest prospect for British folk since the Fairport's - Download No one knows I’m gone and Give away your heart"
Smoke Ring For My Halo
Smoke Ring For My Halo
"War on drugs part time member and snotty lo fi rock god Kurt Vile has produced a stormer here. Again based on the classic Petty, Seger & Springsteen template. Download Puppet 2 the man  and Runner Ups"
Build A Rocket Boys!
Build A Rocket Boys!
"Guy Garvey and co record a tender album full of childhood memories and great songs. Their 2011 Manchester gig was very special and Lippy Kids an instant classic. Download Lippy Kids and Dear Friends"
The Whole Love
The Whole Love
"It is a physical impossibility for Wilco to produce a bad album. The Whole Love is very fine indeed and a mix of all their previous styles. Download Black noon & Art of the almost"
Metals
Metals
"Do your best to seek out Leslie Feist's new album. She is a mercurial singer songwriter with the tunes to match. Download Anti Pioneer and Graveyard"
Hotel Shampoo
Hotel Shampoo
"Wales answer to Brian Wilson. An authentic pop genius and Gruffs best solo album to date.  Download Heart of Love and Shark ridden waters"
Hard Bargain
Hard Bargain
"Emmylou Harris matures like fine wine and pours out glorious heartbreaking music. This is a slow burner but it hooks you in.  Download The Road and Emmet Till"
Fatou
Fatou
"The great new star of Mali music. Fatomato Diawara records an album of real soul and depth but with a funky exterior. Download Sowa and Kanou"
Smart Flesh
Smart Flesh
"The Low Anthem record an album characterised by shivering inducing atmospherics and full of classic country songs - Download Apothecary Love and Burn"