The year in music
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"In Rainbows" (no label)
These intelligent rockers released their long-anticipated new set as a pay-as-you-will download, inspiring shouts of "Revolution!" But they could get away with that dare only because "In Rainbows" pleases so many kinds of ears. Tuneful, deep, even groovy, it challenges without being off-putting, and proves that the weariest genre on the planet -- guitar-based rock -- can still accommodate a few new tricks.