Best music recordings of 2011
Tribune music critics Greg Kot (pop/rock), Howard Reich (jazz) and John Von Rhein (classical) weigh in on their picks of the best recordings in 2011.
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Wild Flag, "Wild Flag" (Merge)
Four alumni of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders join forces and celebrate dancing, getting lost in the moment and letting go -- it's what every new beginning should sound like. Guitars jostle for space, harmonies send melodies soaring, and Janet Weiss' drums make it all zoom. This debut is a glorious reminder of rock at its most exuberant.