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End of the Year - Albums of 2011


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We're nearly there, so what have been your picks of the music released this year? Anything I should look out for?

A few of the ones I've particularly liked have been

Polly Harvey - Let England Shake

Half Man Half Biscuit - 90 Bisodol (Crimond)

Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

The Antlers - Burst Apart

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond mine

Tom Waits - Bad as me

But it's not been a "classic" year, IMO. The Fall, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Jesca Hoop, Barn Owl (:)) and a few others have also released good stuff.

Best Gig I've seen was The Antlers, I think

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Simply: Neighborhoods - Blink 182. Brilliant return.

Other notable mentions: Neon Trees, Yellowcard, Florence & The Machine & Noel Gallagher

Bang on. Even those who hate blink should give this a go, almost unrecognisable.

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In no particular order

1) Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit

2) White Denim - D

3) The Horrors - Skying

4) Metronomy - The English Riviera

5) Fuyija & Miyagi - Ventriloquizzing

6) Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

7) The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts

8) Thievery Corporation - Culture Of Fear

9) Colourmusic - My ____ is pink

10) Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

11) Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion

12) Danger Mouse and Daniel Luppi - Rome

13) TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light

14) The Antlers - Burst Apart

15) Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

16) Bill Callahan - Apocolypse

17) Steve Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic

18) Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

19) Cage The Elephant - Thankyou Happy Birthday

20) TuNeYaRdS - WHO KILL

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the streets - computers and blues

the strokes - angles

arctic monkeys - suck it and see

all pretty much because they were a return to form, the streets in particular, it doesnt hit the heights of a grand dont come for free but as individual songs its brilliant, wont change the opinion of any one who doesnt like them but its by quite a distance my favourite album this year

under the cover of darkness was my favourite song

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Erm, I'm terrible at describing bands... Instrumental 3 piece with lots of clever use of looper pedals, math rock without the tedium and more of the rock? If you like 65daysofstatic, Minus the Bear or Don Caballero I'm guessing you'll dig it.

This is why I never attempted to be a music journo.

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