Filed under: 2011 Top 25, Bands | Tags: Albums Of The Year, Close But No Sitar
It’s been an amazing year for music.
Pretty sure I say that every year. And if you haven’t found anything to love in 2011, then you’re just not trying. Pretty sure I say that every year too.
2011 has been so good that some cherished bands haven’t even made my top 25 of the year. In some cases – sorry, Art Brut – it’s because although their latest album has a lot to love, it’s just not up to the usual standards. In others – The Fall and Bill Callahan for example – maybe it just wasn’t the right time or didn’t feel new and exciting enough or something. Hell, the new Bonnie Prince Billy album is pretty lovely but didn’t even make the top 50: maybe it’s all just too familar.
Anyway, ahead of the Top 25 rundown which starts on Wednesday 7th, here’s the 25 albums that came closest to making the cut, the next 25 as it were, in alphabetical order.
Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge
Art Brut – Brilliant! Tragic!
Austin Lucas – A New Home~
Beirut – The Rip Tide
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Cut Hands – Afro Noise 1
Death Grips – Ex Military
The Fall – Ersatz GB
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
The Haxan Cloak – s/t
Hollie Cook – s/t
Hype Williams – One Nation
Jeffrey Lewis – Turn In The Dream Songs
Johnny & Lucy – Kite
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Kuedo – Severant
Leyland Kirby – Eager To Tear Apart The Stars
Maggie Bjorklund – Coming Home
Mariachi El Bronx – II
Mekons – Ancient & Modern
Moon Wiring Unit – An Audience Of Art Deco Eyes
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Skullflower –Fucked On A Pile Of Corpses
Slow Club – Paradise
Those Dancing Days – Daydreams & Nightmares
You haven’t seen the top half of the chart, but it’ll be noticeable that some of the most experimental, noise or drone based stuff tends to be in the lower reaches. I guess that’s because although I’ve probably listened to more of that sort of stuff this year than any I can think of, it doesn’t tend to lodge in my brain in the same way, and also I don’t think I have the kind of critical tools to say why this year’s Leyland Kirby album is any better or worse than any of his other stuff. Hmmm..
I also think one or two of those – Abigail Washburn, Johnny & Lucy, Slow Club in particular -might figure higher in a few months when I’ve lived with them longer.
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