Saturday, 17 December 2011

Top Albums of 2011

These are just a selection of albums that I've been constantly playing this year:

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? - The Vaccines

Being given a lot of hype at the start of the year, it would've been easy for The Vaccines not to be able to live up to it and consequently fade into obscurity. Yet their debut album serves up short and sharp songs, full of direct lyrics and unapologetically catchy melodies. Tracks such as Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra) proves that 1 minute 21 seconds is more than enough for a hit and that The Vaccines can make music that translates into a live setting perfectly.

Paradise - Slow Club

The second album from Slow Club shows just how much has changed since their Yeah, So? debut. The songs aren't just about relationships anymore and the music offers something more to dance to - Where I'm Waking being one of many standout tracks. Yet what still remains are the harmonies. In amongst the more up-tempo songs of the album are Never Look Back, Hackney Marsh and Gold Mountain. It is here where the music takes a step back to showcase how well Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor sound together - wonderful.

Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li

Something evident in  Wounded Rhymes is the theme of love. There is an element of vulnerability within the songs that people are able to relate with. Lyrics such as, "..for sorrow the only lover i've ever known" shows that Lykke Li doesn't try to sugarcoat anything, for the purposes of a song and the simplicity of Unrequited Love emphasises the uniqueness of her vocals. Definitely a great follow-up to her first album, Youth Novels.

Not forgetting...
Bombay Bicycle Club
A Different Kind of Fix

Tom Williams and the Boat
Too Slow
Summer Camp
Welcome To Condale

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