Dry the River - Shallow Bed - http://open.spotify.com/album/5W2DS7HGauXOJIr0Nmu8D4
Probably the best band I discovered in 2011, Dry The River comes up big with a great debut full length. Look for these Brits around the States as they seem to love touring over here.
Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose - http://open.spotify.com/album/51QFmzBXGScogQ4vyDiIA2
Been following Hansard since his days in The Frames. The guys has one of the best voices in music for conveying emotion and heart. His Oscar nod from Once was obvious in hindsight.