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  • Neil Young, 'Le Noise'

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    Reprise Turbulent, distorted — and one of the most intimate albums Young has ever made. Most of Le Noise is jagged, solo electric guitar, but even when Young goes acoustic on "Love and War," his lifelong determination —...

    December 14, 2010 4:12 PM ET
  • M.I.A., 'Maya'

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    N.E.E.T./Interscope/XL The backlash against M.I.A.'s high jinks — that graphic "Born Free" video and her beef with The New York Times — distracted everyone from the fact that her biggest provocations in 2010 were sonic. Maya's art-punk noise...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Kings of Leon, 'Come Around Sundown'

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    RCA The best arena-rock album of the year. The backwoods doo-wop flair of "Mary" and country-U2 yearning in "Back Down South" catch the Kings at the perfect midpoint between pure pop and down-home. And the staccato "End," Sundown's...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Beach House, 'Teen Dream'

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    Sub Pop Victoria Legrand's sexy vocals are hazy and androgynous, like a stoned late-night heart-to-heart in which no one's sure who is sleeping where. Beach House sharpened their sound and hooks on their third album — what's surprising...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Kid Rock, 'Born Free'

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    Atlantic Mr. Bawitdaba finally cuts the Bob Seger record of his dreams. This Rick Rubin-produced classic-rock throwdown is pure Detroit drive-time 1975: From hard-nosed arena anthems to winsome country rock to blue-collar boogie, Rock shows a versatility —...

    December 14, 2010 4:10 PM ET
  • The National, 'High Violet'

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    4AD These moody Brooklyn rockers could have coasted with a repeat of their 2007 breakthrough, Boxer, but Violet is riskier and craftier, opening up their poetic guitar reveries with a late-Beatles sense of experimentation. Matt Berninger sings "Bloodbuzz...

    December 14, 2010 4:10 PM ET
  • Robyn, 'Body Talk'

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    Cherrytree/Interscope Body Talk began as two sugar- shot EPs; by the time the full-length dropped, it felt like a greatest-hits package. The Swedish diva's beats and tunes smoke her American competition. So does her wit: See "Fembot" and...

    December 14, 2010 4:08 PM ET
  • Taylor Swift, 'Speak Now'

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    Big Machine Speak Now proves that Swift is more than the world's biggest country singer — at 21, she's a one-woman song factory with a rock & roll heart. There are tracks about celebrity studs, but what matters...

    December 14, 2010 4:07 PM ET
  • John Mellencamp, 'No Better Than This'

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    Rounder Folk-blues idealism — recorded on a mono tape machine, in places like a Georgia church and Sun Studios — with a very modern anger at the world after the crash. When Mellencamp sings "A Graceful Fall," he...

    December 14, 2010 4:07 PM ET
  • The Dead Weather, 'Sea of Cowards'

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    Warner Bros./Third Man This isn't so much an LP as it is a rush of metallic-blues spasms — and the best excessive-rock fun of the year. Jack White is the back-seat guy here — a singing drummer —...

    December 14, 2010 4:06 PM ET
  • Eminem, 'Recovery'

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    Aftermath/Interscope "Let's be honest, that last Relapse CD was ehhh," Eminem rapped on Recovery, which turned out to be the post-rehab victory lap that the schlocky Relapse wasn't. Dominating radio, Eminem was back on top in 2010, but...

    December 14, 2010 4:05 PM ET
  • Jamey Johnson, 'The Guitar Song'

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    Mercury What does Jamey Johnson keep under all of that hair? Songs. Nashville's gruffest and grittiest star turns out to be its most reliable traditionalist, a Music Row pro who can write a song for every emotional season....

    December 14, 2010 3:39 PM ET
  • Robert Plant, 'Band of Joy'

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    Rounder Keep waiting, Jimmy Page — he's not coming back. Plant followed up his dreamy roots-romp Raising Sand (2007) with an album that was edgier and rootsier: Plant and his bandleader, guitarist Buddy Miller, pursue ancient songs and...

    December 14, 2010 3:31 PM ET
  • Drake, 'Thank Me Later'

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    Cash Money/Universal Arriving after three years of mixtapes, guest spots and merciless hype, the debut LP from the Canadian actor- turned-rapper delivered the goods with sumptuous beats, airtight rhymes and nuanced introspection. Drake's sleepy, soulful flow gave his...

    December 14, 2010 3:30 PM ET
  • Arcade Fire, 'The Suburbs'

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    Merge Arcade Fire don't do anything small — so leave it to the Montreal collective to make an album of vast, orchestral rock that locates the battle for the human soul amid big houses and manicured lawns. The...

    December 14, 2010 3:29 PM ET
  • Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union

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    Decca Two rock giants, one largely forgotten, rekindle a friendship and make music that ranks with their best. Producer T Bone Burnett delivers his most spectacular production in memory, filled with shining steel guitar, chortling brass and gospel-time...

    December 14, 2010 3:29 PM ET
  • The Black Keys, 'Brothers'

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    Nonesuch The duo boil it down on their best record yet: vivid tunes stripped bare and rubbed raw, with hot splashes of color and hooks popping through like compound fractures. "Howlin' for You" smears gnarly blues over a...

    December 14, 2010 3:29 PM ET
  • Kanye West, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

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    Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West made music as sprawlingly messy as his life. When he wasn't feuding with Matt Lauer or bugging out on Twitter, Kanye was building hip-hop epics, songs full of...

    December 14, 2010 3:17 PM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Playlist: Tom Waits

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    Celebrate Tom Waits' 2011 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with these ten key tracks below: 1. "Tom Traubert's Blues"2. "Jersey Girl"3. "Ol' 55"4. "Hang Down Your Head"5. "Rain Dogs"6....

    December 14, 2010 8:00 AM ET
  •  Video: Robyn Shakes Up Peace Prize Event

    Video: Robyn Shakes Up Peace Prize Event | ARTICLE

    Robyn just completed her second North American tour of the year, and she brought that same...

    December 13, 2010 5:05 PM ET