P J Harvey's 'Let England Shake' Is U.K. Pollsters Album of 2011

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Record tops retailer HMV's poll of polls annual survey; Adele misses out on top ten.

LONDON – P J Harvey’s Let England Shake tops this year’s poll of polls survey of best of the year album lists in the U.K.

The Dorset-born musician and singer-songwriter, who in September claimed a second Mercury Music Prize, topped “the best of the best of chart” published Monday by retailer HMV.

The chart is compiled by HMV by collating and aggregating the various nominations made by music critics and writers from a wide range of music and lifestyle publications, national press and trade titles, and online sites.

PJ Harvey’s album, released in February 2011 and entering the charts at no.8 before going on to achieve "gold" status in September following the Mercury Prize award, is the album pick of 2011.

Just behind Harvey’s album in second spot with 20 nominations is American Indie-Folk band Bon Iver with their eponymous album.

Coming in third in the survey are Seattle folk-rockers Fleet Foxes, whose album Helplessness Blues attracted 17 nominations.

One surprise thrown up by the HMV survey is Adele’s 21 – official chart record breaker – which missed out on the top 10, coming in at number 11 in the poll. U.S. magazines Rolling Stone and Time both voted it their no.1 pick of  the year.

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