The Best Musical Discoveries of 2011

The older albums our critics listened to this year
2011 Critics' Picks

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Music critics tend to focus on whatever is new and fresh in print, but their personal time is often spent with old favorites and newly discovered obscurities. We asked a few of our critics – Rob Sheffield, Jon Dolan, David Fricke, Jody Rosen and Will Hermes – to share their top musical obsession from 2011 that didn't actually come out in 2011. Their picks range from loopy Kraut-pop to the only great British pop band of the Eighties not to have their catalog plundered by imitators in the past decade.

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