50 Best Albums of 2011

PJ Harvey, 'Let England Shake'
47/50

47. PJ Harvey, 'Let England Shake'

Polly Jean Harvey steeps her latest in her homeland's folk music and the "gray, damp filthiness" of its history. There's a punk sense of horror in low-key death-folk ballads like "The Last Living Rose," as if she's crashing the Renaissance Faire to torch the maypole.

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