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You blinked, and somehow, the whole first half of 2011 is nearly behind us. Before we get too deep into the summer months and descend rapidly into the final stretch of the year, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of the great music we've heard so far. Tell us your picks for the best albums from the first half of 2011 by picking up to 10 in the poll below. We'll list the results next week.
If you're looking for some advice on your picks, NPR Music's staff put together its own list of 25 favorite recordings so far for 2011. Be sure to explore the reviews and hear the music.