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Music

ELEVEN FOR ‘11

Michael Brodeur’s top albums of 2011

1. ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

“Replica’’ Layered with shimmering synthetic textures and flecked with fragments of long-shelved commercials, the latest effort from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Sudbury native Daniel Lopatin manages to be touching without sentiment, wry without irony, and arresting without gimmickry. The brilliance of “Replica’’ comes from its effortless transformation of the banal into the sublime; it’s a whole new way to understand “ambient.’’

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