• Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
• Band of Horses, Infinite Arms
• The Black Keys, Brothers
• Broken Bells, Broken Bells
• Vampire Weekend, Contra
The Experts Say:
Adam Young: My money's on Contra – I love it. It sounds different than anyone else – sun-bleached, vintage, urbane, suave, all with a touch of haughty narcissism.
Sara Bareilles: The Suburbs is a great record about the loss of innocence. They developed a whole new sound and brought a superindie underground experience to the masses.
Cee Lo: I saw the Black Keys at Stubb's in Austin, just the two of them, and it sounded like a 12-piece band. I remember being slightly out of my mind but having a great time.
Patrick Carney: Yeah, I think I'll just vote for us. But I like the Broken Bells record a lot. I listen to that more than any record nominated.
Vegas Odds Favor:
Arcade Fire, 2-to-5
Who Should Win:
The Black Keys: The two-piece went down to Muscle Shoals and came back with one of the year's truly great albums.