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By James Reed and Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / September 11, 2011

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SEPT. 13 Lady Antebellum, “Own the Night’’ In the wake of its big Grammy sweep in February, this Nashville country-pop trio returns with what will surely be one of the year’s biggest-selling albums, with plenty of radio singles to boot.

St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy’’ As the one-woman juggernaut St. Vincent, onetime Berklee student Annie Clark conjures an alternate pop universe, where textures and melodies swirl around Clark’s disarming vocals.

SEPT. 20 Tori Amos, “Night of Hunters’’ Never content to conform, Amos has made a concept album that the press materials describe as a “21st-century song cycle inspired by select classical pieces spanning the last 400 years.’’

SEPT. 27 Wilco, “The Whole Love’’ The vaunted Chicago rockers zig and zag sonically - from synths to strings - as is their wont, on their latest opus.

The Bangles, “Sweetheart of the Sun’’ After a seven-year recording hiatus, the sparkly pop group returns with its trademark airy harmonies and kicky guitars.

OCT. 4 Feist, “Metals’’ After making a splash with 2007’s “The Reminder,’’ which featured the ubiquitous “1234,’’ Feist is back with an elegant collection of indie pop that’s as elemental as the album title.

OCT. 11 Bjork, “Biophilia’’ Pushing the boundaries of how we consume art, the Icelandic singer plans to release her latest album as a series of apps. You can bet the music will be just as brash and tech-savvy.

Mayer Hawthorne, “How Do You Do’’ A dash of Donny Hathaway here and a sprinkling of Marvin Gaye there, and you have the key ingredients for Hawthorne’s contemporary take on old-school soul.

Martina McBride, “Eleven’’ The title refers to the number of studio albums McBride has released in a long career dotted with some of commercial country’s most beloved hits.

OCT. 24 Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger’’ The “American Idol’’ victor with the impressive pipes and resilient attitude returns with album number five.

OCT. 25 Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto’’ The Brit popsters will see if they can follow up the critical and commercial success of 2008’s “Viva La Vida.’’

Deer Tick, “Divine Providence’’ The pride of Providence, before frontman John McCauley uprooted to Brooklyn, this so-called alt-country act’s newest album rocks out much harder than previous efforts.

NOV. 1 Lou Reed and Metallica, “Lulu’’ Expect this meeting of the metal minds and the NYC legend to be heavy and heavy duty.

Miranda Lambert, “Four the Record’’ The country star is newly married and a newly minted member of the group Pistol Annies but still had time to record this, her fourth record.

NOV. 8 David Lynch, “Crazy Clown Time’’ Yes, that David Lynch. And yes, the music is just as odd and disorienting as the director’s movies.