Ten plat­ters that mat­ter.

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1ADELE 21 The al­bum of the year, and not just on sales. 21 ar­rived at pre­cisely the right time amid all the wrong mu­sic, like Nev­er­mind 20 years be­fore it. Adele ( pic­tured) con­nected with the masses ( 750,000 Aus­tralians, 13 mil­lion world­wide and count­ing) with sim­plic­ity and au­then­tic­ity. Ev­ery square inch of 21 is real and there’s so much depth be­yond the sin­gles ra­dio orig­i­nally avoided, then over­dosed on. 21 doc­u­ments the most en­joy­able, most lu­cra­tive, most re­lat­able bro­ken heart in modern mu­sic.

23SNEAKY SOUND SYS­TEM FROM HERE TO ANY­WHERE Dance mu­sic in 2011 didn’t have to be mo­rons with ro­botic voices bang­ing on about be­ing in the club. Sneaky’s third al­bum was proof elec­tronic mu­sic could be emo­tional, not pro­mo­tional. Spurred on by fans Kanye, Jay- Z and Bey­once, Con­nie Mitchell upped her game, in­ject­ing heart and soul and pain ( see Re­mem­ber) to help save dance mu­sic in 2011. P. J. HAR­VEY LET ENG­LAND SHAKE P. J. Har­vey, set to per­form in Ho­bart on Jan­uary 21, has yet to make a bad al­bum. Or the same al­bum. Af­ter the stark pi­ano- driven White Chalk, Let Eng­land Shake was up­lift­ing. The wo­man’s qual­ity con­trol is rare, still op­er­at­ing within the main­stream but mak­ing in­ter­est­ing mu­sic com­pletely on her own terms.

45GOTYE MAK­ING MIR­RORS Who would have thought a min­i­mal break- up song would be the high­est- sell­ing Aus­tralian sin­gle of the year? Some­body That I Used to Know was so prob­lem­atic for the per­fec­tion­ist de Backer to fin­ish he al­most ditched it. Phew. Plenty to love here. LAURA MAR­LING A CREA­TURE I DON’T KNOW Bri­tish folk re­viver Laura Mar­ling is lit­er­ate and pro­lific. Sin­gle Sophia hinted at some­thing spe­cial – a ma­jes­tic, rol­lick­ing ride. ‘‘ Her third al­bum, at just 21, did not dis­ap­point, with new­found con­fi­dence ( see the swag­ger in The Muse) and drama ( miniepic The Beast is this al­bum’s sprawl­ing black heart).’’

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