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Like we did last year, let's post our midterm 2011 lists
(top5, 10 or 20)
I'll give mine a little later but please don't hesitate
01. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
02. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
03. The Antlers - Burst Apart
04. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
05. Low - C'mon
06. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
07. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
08. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
09. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
10. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
5 albums I enjoyed and still enjoy, in no particular order
Space is only noise - Nicholas Jaar
Black Up - Shabazz Palaces
King of limbs - Radiohead
Apocalypse - Bill Callahan
1. James Blake- James Blake
2. Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
3. Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes
4. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
5. The King of Limbs- Radiohead
6. Kaputt- Destroyer
7. Cults- Cults
8. Zonoscope- Cut Copy
9. Tomboy- Panda Bear
10. Nine Types of Light- TV on the Radio
So far, that's 10 good albums, but no exceptional albums.
1. Nicolas Jaar = Space Is Only Noise
2. PJ Harvey - Let England SHake
3. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
4. White Denim - D
5. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of LIght
6. Amon Tobin - ISAM
7. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
8. Cascadeur - The Human Octopus
9. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Pt 2: Judges
10. Dalriada - Igeret
11. Natural Snow Buildings - Waves Of The Random Sea
12. Bibio - Mind Bokeh
13. Wye Oak - Civilian
14. Antonia Font - Laparetes
15. Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
16. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
17. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
18. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
19. Gang Of Four - Content
20. Stupeflip - The Hypnoflip Invasion
1. Cults - Cults
2. Milkman - Algorithms
3. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
4. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
5. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
6. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
8. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
9. The White Panda - Pandamonium
10. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
1. Cults - You Know What I Mean
2. EMA - California
3. Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument
4. Radiohead - Separator
5. lobsterdust - Avril Lavigne vs. Gucci Mane vs. Wynter Gordon vs. The Ramones (What the Hell / My Chain / Sugar / I Wanna Be Sedated)
6. Parts & Labor - Pure Annihilation
7. Cults - Never Saw the Point
8. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - My Terrible Friend
9. Kurt Vile - Peeping Tomboy
10. Cut Copy - Hanging onto Every Heartbeat
2011 Albums so far...
1. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes And Keys
2. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
4. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
4. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
5. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
6. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
7. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
8. TV on the Radio - Nine Types Of Light
9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
10. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
10. The Strokes - Angles
Albums on my list to check out: Bon Iver, The Antlers, Low, Dropkick Murphys, City and Colour, R.E.M., tUnE-yArDs, Journey (yes, I said Journey), Kaiser Chiefs, Rapheal Saadiq, The Cars ... Still to come... Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Wu-Tang Clan, Alice In Chains, The Cure, Janes Addiction, Guns'N Roses, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Van Halen...
1. Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen (8.5)
2. Wild Beasts - Smother (8.5)
3. The Antlers - Burst Apart (8.5)
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver (8.0)
5. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l (8.0)
6. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (8.0)
7. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (8.0)
8. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light (8.0)
9. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (8.0)
10. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest (8.0)
1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
3. Jonny - Jonny
4. Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
6. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
7. Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
8. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
9. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
0. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
2. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
3. Hayes Carll - Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories)
4. Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
5. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
I haven't heard many albums, no more than 10 in fact.
I haven't been utterly surprised by any album this year.
Fleet Foxes and Decemberists are both very solid, full of very good songs, but there's no surprise in these records.
"The King Is Dead" is the one I've heard the most (it was out in january). It's a great Americana record, much more straightforward than what they used to do before. The quality of the songs is impresive IMO, even if it's not original (but does music have to be original ? Of course not, it's rock, it's not R&D). THanks to Rocky Raccoon who recommended them in the beginning. I remember that my first reaction was about the lack of originality, but the songs get so good listen after listen that I forgot about that.
Top 4 are head and shoulders above the rest...
 Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
 Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
 PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
 Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa With Fury: Rise
 Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
 TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
 Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
 Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part II
 Amon Tobin - ISAM
 Big K.R.I.T. - ReturnOf4Eva
 Andy Stott - Passed Me By
 Boris - Heavy Rocks
 The Psychic Paramount - II
 Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
 Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
 Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. II: Judges
 Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
 Radiohead - The King of Limbs
 Peaking Lights - 936
 Low - C'mon
1. Pains of Being Pure at Heart- Belong 9.5/10
2. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean 9.5/10
3. TV on the Radio- Nine Types of Light 9/10
4. Asteroid No. 4 - Hail to the Clear Figurines 9/10
5. Bon Iver- Bon Iver, Bon Iver 8.5/10
6. Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT 8/10
7. Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues 8/10
8. Tennis - Cape Dory 7.5/10
9. Cults- Cults 7.5/10
10. Ty Segall- Goodbye Bread 7/10
11. David Lowery - The Palace Guards 7/10
12. Kurt Vile- Smokering For My Halo 6.5/10
13. REM- Collapse Into Now 6.5/10
14. Death Cab For Cutie- Codes and Keys 6.5/10
15. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde 6.5/10
16. Tuneyards- Whokill 6/10
Acclaimed albums that didn't do anything for me:
Friendly Fires - Pala
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Acrylics - Lives and Treasure
Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Yuck - Yuck
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Adele - 21
Radiohead- King of Limbs
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Destroyer - Kaputt
James Blake - James Blake
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
John, what is it that disappoints you in the Decemberists album ? I'd hardly ever heard anything from them before discovering "The King Is Dead" but that record has really grown on me. First time I thought they were Jayhawks or REM clones, 2nd time I found it was OK, third time that it was good and the last 2 listens I was really impressed. I mean every song in the album could be a potential single. Great melodies, great vocals. From the few songs I heard of what they did before it was more pop and less country. OK, "King Is Dead" sounds like an excellent Jayhawks album from the early nineties, but I don't care anymore. They have this rare ability to make good and simple songs that make you want to sing along, a little like Creedence in the seventies.
I was one who really loved Hazards of Love because after 4 or 5 similar (and very good) albums they expanded their horizons a little bit. The King is Dead finds them back in their comfort zone and I just wasn't in for another album like that. Plus, I've never found Maloy's voice grating before this album, but when the music isn't doing it for you, his vocals wear on you a little more. I didn't get Jayhawks from it at all... I wish I did though.
We should do this once again by the end of september
1 Fleet Foxes
2 PJ Harvey
3 The Antlers
4 Lykke Li
5 The Decemberists
7 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
8 Wild Beasts (heard it only twice yet)
9 Bon Iver
10 Anna Calvi
nicolas, "The King Is Dead" is no "Hollywood Town Hall" (not even close). Have you ever heard their earlier albums, like e.g. Picaresque or The Crane Wife? Beautiful.
I've gotten behind in my 2011 listening because I've been doing a ton of listening for the 2000s poll, but this thread has inspired me to go back and hear albums I missed.
Space is Only Noise is my favorite new discovery so far. Also, I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my appreciation for Nine Types of Light. It seems like everyone hopped off the TV on the Radio bandwagon with this album, but as I've said here before, even a less-inspired effort from TVotR is better than the best effort of most other groups. Nine Types of Light and Let England Shake have gotten far more play than any other 2011 albums so far for me.
Here's a new, more complete list (in fact that is all I have heard from 2011, as no album in the list is bad I post them all). Very folk/country list so far, at least in the top notches.
1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 4.5
2. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead 4.5
3. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest 4
4. Hayes Carll - Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories) 3.5
5. Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming 3
6. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean 3
7. Tante Hortense & Revista do Samba - Hortênsia du Samba 3
8. James Blake - James Blake 3
9. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 3
10. Dick Annegarn - Folk Talk 3
11. Low - C'mon 2.5
1. Treefight for Sunlight - "Treefight for Sunlight"
2. Cut Copy - "Zonoscope"
3. Sondre Lerche - "Sondre Lerche"
4. The Red Button - "As Far as Yesterday Goes"
5. Duran Duran - "All You Need Is Now"
6. The High Llamas - "Talahomi Way"
7. The Nines - "Polarities"
8. Brent Cash - "How Strange It Seems"
9. The Leisure Society - "Into the Murky Water"
10.Cleaners From Venus - "English Electric"/"The Stopping Train"
1. PJ Harvey - Number one for me in what has been a down year.
2. Lykke Li - A diverse set of songs that took me by surprise.
3. TV on the Radio - I like this about equally with their first two albums, but Dear Science is still slightly ahead of them all.
4. The Decemberists - Simply a good collection of songs, their best since Picaresque.
5. James Blake - Usually not my type of thing, but there's a simple emotional resonance with these songs.
6. Drive-By Truckers - They can always be counted on.
7. White Denim - I've just listened to this a couple of times, but it has potential to move up.
8. Paul Simon - His best songwriting since Graceland
9. Charles Bradley - Some good old-school soul for your soul.
10. Tennis - The pleasant pop surprise of the year. They don't sound like Sleigh Bells, but they fill that niche for me.
Listened to, didn't make the cut (No particular order)
Iron and Wine
Death Cab for Cutie
Gang Gang Dance
I've a whole wishlist of albums that I still need to check out, so this is very much a provisory list:
01. Nicolas Jaar-Space Is Only Noise If You can See
02. Tyler, The Creator-Goblin
03. tUnE yArDs-Who Kill
04. Panda Bear-Tomboy
05. Hauschka-Salon Des Amateurs
06. The Low Anthem-Smart Flesh
07. La Boutique Fantastique-La Boutique Fantastique
08. James Blake-James Blake
09. White Hills-H.p.1
10. Black Devil Disco Club-Circus
11. Fleet Foxes-Helplessness Blues
12. James Pants-James pants
13. Death Grips-Ex Military
14. Digitalism-I Love You Dude
15. Ghostpoet-Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam
Most fun-track so far this year: Forrest Gump, by electronica duo Digitalism and Julian Casablancas. It's been a while that the Strokes frontman sounded this inspired.
Honourable mention should go to the burgeoning Future Garage scene, the latest hybrid in Electronica. It's very closely related to Dubstep, albeit with lesser dark undertones. (Both tracks are actually from 2010, but I only discovered them recently).
Jack Dixon-We Had A Better Life
Top 10 thus far:
1. Shapes Have Fangs - Dinner in the Dark
2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
3. City and Colour - Little Hell
4. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
5. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
6. The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
8. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
9. Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil
10. Vetiver - The Errant Charm
Still haven't heard the new Horrors but I'm sure that will be in there if it's anything like their last album
2. Tennis(Am I the only one who thinks they sound like the love child of Neko Case and the Dittybops?)
3. Lykke Li
4. PJ Harvey
5. the Vaccines (shocked at how dismal their reviews have been)
6. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
7. Cat's Eyes
8. The Joy Formidable
1. Danger Mouse - Rome
2. The Antlers - Burt Apart
3. The Yard Apes - Devil's Road
4. Tune Yards - Who Kill
5. Wild Beasts - Smother
6. Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
7. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
8. The Dodos - No Color
9. Sic Alps - Napa Asylum
10. The Kills - Blood Pressures
11. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
12. Dirty Beaches - Badlands
13. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
14. Radiohead - King Of Limbs
15. Panda Bear - Tomboy
16. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
17. EMA - Past Lives Martyred Saints
18. Anna Calvi - s/t
19. Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
20. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
James Blake, Yuck, Low, Woods, Metal Mountains, Wu Lyf, Gruff Rhys, Braids, Wye Oaks, Cults.
and I forgot Destroyer as well.