musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011: 50-41

Cut Copy - Zonoscope 50. Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular)

What we said: “The key to enjoying this album, as with Bright Like Neon Light, is sticking with it for the first few listens. Then, like a tapestry, its inner melodies and secrets are revealed and, Sun God apart, you fully appreciate how it hangs together. It’s another step nearer the masterpiece this band are increasingly capable of delivering.” – Ben Hogwood

REVIEW: Cut Copy – The King Is Dead

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The Decemberists - The King Is Dead 49. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (Rough Trade)

What we said: “The King Is Dead sinks back down to the real world, where there’s no forbidden love, nor transformed cranes or disgruntled queens. Instead the songs are about concrete ideals – the beauty and the sullying of nature, grinding out a living, the folly of war – all explored with sprightly country-folk and surgical word choice.” – Luke Winkie

REVIEW: The Decemberists – The King Is Dead

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Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia 48. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia (Hideout/Mercury)

What we said: “The entire album is reminiscent of the grandeur and elegance of the great composers of the Romantic 1800s, yet with an incredible pop ideology that lays on hook after hook which refuse to remove themselves from the ol’ grey matter once in there. Things certainly do seem to be looking up for Wolf, with an album of unapologetic positivity that evokes an intense joy. It is, all in, absolute genius.” – Blair Kelly

REVIEW: Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia

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Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest 47. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest (Warner)

What we said: “There should be no tricksy concerns about ‘authenticity’ here, given the effortlessness with which Welch and Rawlings command this material. The music may reject virtuosity or flourish, but it is uniquely authoritative. This is surely her finest achievement to date, a veritable harvest indeed.” – Daniel Paton

REVIEW: Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest

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Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo 46. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)

What we said: “Kurt Vile obviously has the talent; his previous work proves that. Where past albums touched upon all manners of influences and genres, Smoke Ring For My Halo seems content to plant its flag into barren soil. Vile’s vocals are stylistically apathetic to fit the stoner, slacker vibe.” – Tom Jowett

REVIEW: Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

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Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will 45. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Rock Action)

What we said: “Mogwai are starting to look like British rock royalty. You and I may die, but we can all rest easy in the knowledge that not only shall hardcore never die, but neither shall Mogwai. Long live the kings of post-rock noise.” – Tom Jowett

REVIEW: Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

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Zomby - Dedication 44. Zomby – Dedication (4AD)

What we said: “This is a far cry from Zomby’s rave-centred debut, Where Were U In ’92?, but it’s a fine evolution, and an impressive exercise in wire-taut tension and atmospheric submersion. Dedication is an outstanding example of the possible emotional depth and breadth of electronic music.” – Andrew Burgess

REVIEW: Zomby – Dedication

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong 43. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong (Fortuna POP!/PIAS)

What we said: “The album just works as whole. It shows that these Brooklynites are not just obsessive underground music scholars – they’re in it for the long haul.” – Joe McDaniel

REVIEW: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong

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Austra - Feel It Break 42. Austra – Feel It Break (Domino)

What we said: “It’s as if Austra are old hands; Feel It Break could be them overcoming difficult second album syndrome with aplomb. Goodness only knows where they can go from here.” – David Welsh

REVIEW: Austra – Feel It Break

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Nils Frahm - Felt 41. Nils Frahm – Felt (Erased Tapes)

What we said: “Each carefully considered vignette on Felt carries tiny melodic fragments and taken together they reaffirm Frahms special ability to infuse his piano solos with considerable poignancy and emotional weight. It is a remarkably enduring and giving album that further enriches this already flourishing genre.” – Steven Johnson

REVIEW: Nils Frahm – Felt

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The rest of the Top 50 will be published over the remainder of the week.

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