50 Best Albums of 2011

Florence and the Machine, 'Ceremonials'
27/50

27. Florence and the Machine, 'Ceremonials'

Flo's second LP rivals Adele's 21 for British white girl soulmama massiveness. From "Shake It Out" to the arena-scale Motown of "Lover to Lover," Big Red brings it again and again, choirs and string players backing a voice that soars so high, it makes them seem like ants on the ground below.

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