The Best Albums And Tracks Of 2011 – Inside This Week’s NME (10 Dec)

So… what’s the best album of 2011? And the best track? This week one of the most anticipated NME issues of the year drops, as we reveal our picks of 2011. We’ve got the definitive run-down of our 50 best albums of 2011, as well as the best tracks, books, album covers, music films and DVDs, reissues and more. Oh, and chats with Noah & The Whale, PJ Harvey, Yuck, Richard Ayoade on Alex Turner’s Submarine soundtrack, St Vincent and a load more. It’s basically the last 12 months for £2.40.

Also in the issue we’ve got pictures and a report from Ian Brown and John Squire’s reunion. The Stone Roses pair got on stage together over the weekend for the first time in 16 years. Get the mag to find out exactly what it looked and sounded like.

Plus, ever wondered what’s inside Noel Fielding’s brain? We got him to take our Braincells quiz to find out. The results were interesting. And involved lots of Jaffa Cakes.

We also hear from Lucy Rose, who has broken out of being Bombay Bicycle Club’s guest singer to forge her own awesome musical path.

Plus, Mark Beaumont vents spleen about Korn and their claim to have invented dubstep and there’s more on the NME Awards and our investivation into The X Factor‘s seemingly ongoing battle with indie.

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