My Top 10 Albums of 2011

Posted: 30/12/2011 in Uncategorized

A year of stunning albums, both on a domestic level and internationally – and very difficult to narrow it down to 10. Personally, I don’t see the need to segregate Irish artists when it comes to end-of-year lists – the calibre of talent on offer in this country is outstanding and should be celebrated alongside that of international artists. So, I give to you, My Top 10 Albums of 2011…

#1 Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know

IN 10 WORDS:

I don’t need ten words when one will do – STUNNING!

(FULL REVIEW HERE)

KEY TRACKS:

‘Night After Night’, ‘Don’t Ask Me Why’, ‘Sophia’

BUY IT!

#2 Feist – Metals

IN 10 WORDS:

Metals’ depth and beauty – musically, lyrically, and vocally – is astounding.

(FULL REVIEW HERE)

KEY TRACKS:

‘The Bad In Each Other’, ‘Bittersweet Melodies’, ‘Get It Wrong, Get It Right’

BUY IT!

#3 Lisa Hannigan – Passenger

IN 10 WORDS:

Passenger is bigger and braver than its predecessor – an absolute triumph.

(FULL REVIEW HERE)

KEY TRACKS:

‘A Sail’, ‘Paper House’, ‘Safe Travels Don’t Die’

BUY IT!

#4 Le Galaxie – Laserdisc Nights II

IN 10 WORDS:

If this doesn’t make you dance, there’s something very wrong.

KEY TRACKS:

‘Beyond Transworld’, ‘Orion’, ‘Powers of Miami’

BUY IT!

#5 Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

IN 10 WORDS:

Mesmerising guitar skills, captivating voice – Anna Calvi’s a rare talent.

KEY TRACKS:

‘Rider To The Sea’, ‘First We Kiss’, ‘Desire’

BUY IT!

#6 Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur

IN 10 WORDS:

There ain’t no party like a Tieranniesaur party. Ipso facto.

KEY TRACKS:

‘Sketch’, ‘Candy’, ‘Here Be Monsters’

BUY IT!

#7 Austra – Feel It Break

IN 10 WORDS:

Kooky Canadians bring you blissful atmospheric electronica – soundtrack of summer.

KEY TRACKS:

‘Spellwork’, ‘Lose It’, ‘Beat and the Pulse’

BUY IT!

#8 We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards

IN 10 WORDS:

Small in numbers, big in sound – a truly unique album.

(FULL REVIEW HERE)

KEY TRACKS:

‘Go Easy’, ‘Dumb Blonde’, ‘Toll Free’

BUY IT!

#9 Adele – 21

IN 10 WORDS:

Two years older, two years wiser – Adele creates a masterpiece.

(FULL REVIEW HERE)

KEY TRACKS:

‘Rumour Has It’, ‘One and Only’, ‘Someone Like You’

BUY IT!

#10 The Minutes – Marcata

IN 10 WORDS:
Good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll  – but with extra balls.
KEY TRACKS:

‘Black Keys’, ‘Gold’, ‘I.M.T.O.D’

BUY IT!

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