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The Dø | Both Ways Open Jaws

Six Degrees Records (2011)
For people put off by the epic grandeur of Björk's recent Biophilia multimedia spectacle and longing for the song structures of Post and Homogenic , Both Ways Open Jaws will more than suffice.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 14, 2011

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones | The Magic of Youth

Big Rig (2011)
Earlier this year, VH1 compiled a list of their "40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s."
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 14, 2011

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The Roots | Undun

Def Jam (2011)
The year was 1999, and the Roots were entering a cool-kids club thanks to the release of Things Fall Apart .
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 14, 2011

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Charlotte Gainsbourg | Stage Whispers

Elektra
Released almost exactly two years ago, Charlotte Gainsbourg's brain-injury inspired IRM (French acronym for MRI) was a late entry on many critics' 2009 best-of lists.
By:  |  December 06, 2011

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Chris Cornell | Songbook

Universal (2011)
Chris Cornell's reaction to the critical lynching his Timbaland-produced debacle Scream took in 2009 was to grow his hair back out, reunite with Soundgarden (currently in the studio), and embark on a solo tour stripped down to just an acoustic guitar.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 06, 2011

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Doomtree | No Kings

Doomtree (2011)
As of this writing, no one on Last.fm has created a tag for "hyper-paced, ultra-smart, ultra-self-aware, futuristic, planet-hopping indie hip-hop."
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 06, 2011



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Goldmund | All Will Prosper

Western Vinyl (2011)
On his quiet, haunting fifth album under the Goldmund moniker, Keith Kenniff plays three instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, and the scrapes and scruffs of ambient room noise.
By: RYAN REED  |  December 06, 2011

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Mutual Benefit | The Cowboy's Prayer

Kassette Klub (2011)
The foggy pop of The Cowboy's Prayer could serve as an unintended ode and thank you to global warming for making this year's fall feel like spring.
By: DIANA BURMISTROVICH  |  December 06, 2011

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Neil Diamond | The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings

Columbia/Legacy (2011)
Neil Diamond is a pretty upbeat guy — or at least as upbeat as can be expected from a man who made his claim to fame writing "Solitary Man."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 06, 2011

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Death Cab for Cutie | Keys and Codes

Atlantic (2011)
Generally, Ben Gibbard is indie rock's über-dork godfather. But here he just sounds like a dork.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 29, 2011

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Pinch & Shackleton | Pinch & Shackleton

Honest Jon's Records (2011)
Honest Jon's Records is nearing deity status within the pantheon of electronic music labels.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 29, 2011



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Smashing Pumpkins | Gish/Siamese Dream

Capitol (2011) 
Billy Corgan's zeitgeist whine, so omnipresent via high-charting Siamese Dream tracks "Today" and "Disarm," was the true sound of the alterna-'90s.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 29, 2011

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The Black Keys | El Camino

Nonesuch (2011) 
El Camino has the unenviable task of following up last year's Brothers, but instead of trying to outdo its acclaimed predecessor, it scales things back and cranks up the volume.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 29, 2011

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The Poison Oaks | Pine

Self-released (2011)
It feels unfair for the Poison Oaks to release , their debut 7-inch, on the cusp of another New England winter.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 29, 2011

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Tycho | Dive

Ghostly International (2011)
In order to appreciate Dive properly, you'll need one thing: headphones.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 29, 2011

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Coliseum | Parasites

Temporary Residence Limited (2011)
Coliseum are a band acutely aware of their strengths — perhaps too much so.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 22, 2011



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Gorillaz | The Singles Collection: 2001-2011

Virgin (2011)
Adapt or die — and for that we must give Damon Albarn credit.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 22, 2011

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Tegan & Sara | Get Along

Warner Bros. (2011)
Trust me — I've searched, but I haven't found a more adorable band than Tegan & Sara: Canadian lesbian twins with squeaky-thin voices and ramshackle skills, banging out earnest pop epics with lyrics ripped straight from their diaries, delivering more heart and sweat in a single track than most bands could muster in two careers.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 22, 2011

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The Rolling Stones | Some Girls

Universal
Hindsight demands each deluxe reissue of a Rolling Stones record be declared a masterpiece, despite the reality that for every flawless Let It Bleed there is a Steel Wheels stumble, with 1978's Some Girls falling somewhere in the middle of a spotty five-decade recording career.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 22, 2011

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The Who | Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut

UMC (2011)
Pete Townshend's working demos for the Who have long been sought in bootleg circles, often for the simple reason that the songwriter's vulnerable vocals offer relief from the barbaric yawp of lead singer Roger Daltrey.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 22, 2011

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Wussy | Strawberry

Shake It (2011)
Wussy's a brilliant Cincinnati four-piece for whom the local record shop turned into a label.
By: DAN WEISS  |  November 22, 2011


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