Let England Shake

PJ Harvey

Let England Shake

February 15, 2011

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

While some fans wonder if PJ Harvey will ever make an album again that rocks like Dry or Rid of Me, 2011's Let England Shake confirmed she can still makes emotionally powerful music, even at a lower volume. 12 songs about conflict, war, and loss that face spare arrangements against an idiosyncratic use of samples, Let England Shake is a deeply affecting work that's all the more potent in our current moment of political chaos.

- Mark Deming

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Original Soundtrack

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

June 8, 2010

Alternative Pop/Rock

Enough time has passed to get beyond the franchise stigma, but just in case, the impressive list of acts on this soundtrack speaks for itself. The best exclusives come from Metric, Sia, Beck and Bat For Lashes, Fanfarlo, and the Bravery. Even so-so contributions by Muse, Florence and the Machine, the Black Keys, the Dead Weather, and Vampire Weekend bolster each other to make this the best mixtape of your 2010 alt-indie dreams.

- Neil Z. Yeung