Friday, 2 December 2011

Best Albums 2011

It's here. It's finally here. One of the reasons I created this blog, so I could force people to listen to the lists I make up in my own head. This list has had about a month in the making and has been very fun (for me). You can argue all you like but THIS IS THE LIST. So coming in at number 10...

10) WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Once you get the vocals, this album is really good. Delicate guitar lines with manifesto like choruses.

9) The Strokes - Angles

Not what you'd expect from The Strokes, and obviously not their best, but still a very good album. Julian Casablancas at his vocal best.

8) The Drums - Potamento

The summer definitely ended for The Drums with an album taking on heartbreak and religion. Showed a darker side to the band.

7) Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

After a controversial year, Tyler went from nowhere to winning a VMA. This album was the jewel in the crown and contained some of Odd Futures best songs yet. He showed he wasn't just another horror-core rapper.

6) James Blake - James Blake

On first listen this whole album sounds out of time. Every other listen revels the brilliant post-dubstep album this is. The intricate vocal lines and minimal beats mark it out as brilliant.

5) Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger

Big tunes from a small band. Brilliant guitar pop taking influences from 80's indie bands whilst keeping it real maaaaan.

4) The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines

Well we expected exactly this. Reverby surf-punk with mega choruses became the soundtrack to the summer. Although nothing new, they did it so well that it felt like it.

3)  Metronomy - The English Rivera

Showed a lighter, more minimal sound to one of the best bands around. Dancey, yet demure, it was brilliant for chilling in the garden on a nice summers day.

2) Wild Beasts - Smother

Minimal and sexy, this was an album I kinda hated on first listening. But once you realise how amazing that falsetto is, things become a lot better. This was so close to being my number one, it is an amazing album.

1) Los Campesinos - Hello Sadness

Well, what did you expect. I love them. That said, it is a cracking album and show a band who have found their direction and ran with it. It shows them at their most confident musically, and most melancholic lyrically. Beautiful.

That's it. End of discussion.

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