The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011

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White Lies, Ritual: They killed at festivals in 2008 and 2009, but do London's Interpol-styled lads have longevity?

Dr. Dre, Detox: It's been on hold or gestating since at least Clinton was in office. Will it continue to be hip-hop's Chinese Democracy?

R.E.M., Collapse Into Now: The band hasn't released decent, well-received slab since at least 1998's Up. Could this be their return to late-'80s form?

The Decemberists The King Is Dead (January 18): The band follows up folk opera The Hazards Of Love with a set of roots-rock work, with Peter Buck helping out on the Neil Young-inflected "Down By the Water."

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Duran Duran, All You Need Is Now: The Duran Dudes come back swinging with an album produced by It Boy Mark Ronson.

Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (January 25): You more than likely heard most of this new stuff during Sam Beam's show at Fitz last month.

Lady Gaga, Born This Way: Paws up, little monsters. BTW better be like Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak mated with Madonna's Bedtime Stories but with more blood, fire, and leather hot shorts, like it is being touted.

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Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby: It's back, it's sad and it's divorced.

Nickelback: Our hands are already trembling, like we are going back to 'Nam. This means another tour, which means Rocks Off will be on the front-lines. Is this how soldiers feel when Kim Jong-Il runs his mouth?

Beyonce: Possibly, if she isn't carrying a baby HOVA. But then again, it could be too soon for Bouncy to climb back into the studio.


Foo Fighters

Kanye West & Jay-Z, Watch My Throne


PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

My Morning Jacket

The Strokes

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