Monthly Archives: December 2011

Albums of 2011

These are my 12 favourite albums released since January. Click a row for details. Worthy of an honourable mention are the four releases which – despite their absence – were among my 12 most listened this year. They were the … Continue reading

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Albums of 2011: Colin Stetson, The Last Hurrah!!, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs

overview | one | two | three | longlist Colin Stetson – New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges A prominent contributor to the likes of Arcade Fire, Tom Waits and LCD Soundsystem, Colin Stetson’s solo work – on NHW2, a … Continue reading

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Albums of 2011: Destroyer, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Julianna Barwick

overview | one | two | three | longlist Destroyer – Kaputt Dan Bejar’s latest distinctive album at the helm of Destroyer embodies a new surface style, albeit an old one. The songs are underpinned by sounds from the 80s … Continue reading

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Albums of 2011: Bill Callahan, Björk, Battles, James Blake

overview | one | two | three | longlist Bill Callahan – Apocalypse My album of the year, Callahan’s latest is insular and intimate but of universal import, addressing themes of patriotism, of things ending and being renewed. Apocalypse is … Continue reading

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The Playlist: Best of 2011

I’ve finally started writing up the Albums of 2011 list, which should be online soon. In the meantime, here’s a playlist of some of the year’s best album tracks. Listen on Spotify Daedelus ft. Inara George – ‘Penny Loafers’ / … Continue reading

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Albums of 2011: The Contenders

I had to have listened to an album or EP six times for it to feature in this blog’s top Albums of 2011 list, which will be published before the end of the year. These ones crossed the threshold. Alex … Continue reading

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Race Horses – Corsica Studios, London – 7 December 2011

Written for The Music Fix. Euros Childs’ old band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci was a singular force in Welsh pop music up until their final album dropped in 2003. Nearly ten years later, his protégés Race Horses have worked from the … Continue reading

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