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23 dec 2011, 08:14

In an effort to organize myself the arduous task called ''Best Albums in 2011'', I have, here, a list of all albums released in 2011 that I have listened to.

01. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
Key Tunes: England, On Battleship Hill, The Colour of the Earth

Take an artist, any artist, with loads of great albums. Picture that catalog and all its high points. Now imagine me telling you that that very artist has yet to release their best record. Chances are, you wouldn't believe me. I wouldn't believe me. But here we have PJ Harvey who, after two decades of releasing great - even classic, in some cases - records, has released what could very likely go down as her signature record. It's the music. It's the singing. It's the writing. It's the strange ornamentation. Everything comes together here to form a solid, memorable work that ups the ante for anyone trying to make a serious album made to move and inspire. Let England Shake is one odd album, but for me it's become a necessary one.

All And Everyone:
„Death was everywhere,
in the air
and in the sounds
coming off the mounds
of Bolton's Ridge.
Death's anchorage.
When you rolled a smoke
or told a joke,
it was in the laughter
and drinking water
it approached the beach
as strings of cutters,
dropped into the sea and lay around us.“


02. Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver
Key Tunes: Holocene, Calgary, Perth

Michicant:
„Aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
nose up in the globes, you never know if you are passing out
no it wasn’t maiden-up, the falling or the faded luck
hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause
love can hardly leave the room
with your heart.“



03. Build a Rocket Boys! by Elbow
Key Tunes: Dear Friends, The Night Will Always Win, Lippy Kids

Open Arms:
„We got open arms for broken hearts
Like yours my boy, come home again.“


04. The Rip Tide by Beirut
Key Tunes: The Rip Tide, Vagabond, Goshen


05. Bad as Me by Tom Waits
Key Tunes: Satisfied, Bad As Me, Pay Me


06. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
Key Tunes: Surgeon, Cruel, Year of the Tiger


07. Apocalypse by Bill Callahan
Key Tunes: Drover, One Fine Morning, Baby’s Breath


08. Metals by Feist
Key Tunes: Graveyard, The Bad in Each Other, A Commotion


09. Collapse Into Now by R.E.M.
Key Tunes: Oh My Heart, It Happened Today, Walk It Back


10. Burst Apart by The Antlers
Key Tunes: Putting the Dog to Sleep, Rolled Together, I Don’t Want Love


Top tracks:

01. Beth / Rest
02. Think You Can Wait
03. The Birds
04. The Glorious Land
05. Video Games
06. Champagne Year
07. The Rip Tide
08. Exile Vilify
09. Nothing But Heart
10. Graveyard
11. Satisfied
12. Poison & Wine
13. Tamer Animals
14. Wake Up
15. Little Black Submarines
16. The River Runs North As We Sleep
17. Separator
18. Putting the Dog to Sleep
19. Oh My Heart
20. Montana
21. Without You
22. I Should Have Known
23. 31 Days


Top CZ/SK records:

Zrní - Hrdina počítačový hry jde do světa
Nej kusy: Mraky, domy, les, Design mrtvoly, Jabloně

Tata Bojs - Ležatá osmička
Nej kusy: Písmenková, Usínací, Ztraceni v překladu

Prago Union - V barvách
Nej kusy: černobílá, Vybarvená, Složená



| Delicious Leftovers |
most of them are good, some of them are mediocre and only few and far between are bad

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Backworld - Come the Bells
Ben Harper - Give Till It’s Gone
Björk - Biophilia
Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis
Current 93 - Honeysuckle Aeons
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
G. Love - Fixin’ to Die
James Blake - James Blake
Lisa Hannigan - Passenger
Low - C’mon
Madeleine Peyroux - Standing On The Rooftop
Markéta Irglová - Anar
Mason Jennings - Minnesota
Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Rachael Yamagata - Chesapeake
Release the Sunbird - Come Back to Us
The Black Keys - El Camino
The Civil Wars - Barton Hallow
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
The Horrors - Skying
The Jezabels - Prisoner
The Strokes - Angles
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Tindersticks - Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009
We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships
Wilco - The Whole Love
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
Zee Avi - Ghostbird

TOP VIDEOS

Elbow – Lippy Kids


PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder


St. Vincent – Cruel


Beirut – Santa Fe


Lykke Li – Sadness Is a Blessing


Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time


Radiohead – Lotus Flower


Radiohead - Codex
http://vimeo.com/21097693

Tom Waits – Satisfied


Youth Lagoon – Montana


We Are Augustines – Chapel Song


Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues



Eddie Vedder – Can't Keep


Bill Callahan – Riding For the Feeling


Kommentarer

  • MagdA88

    I'm so happy to see you like Beth / Rest. The Antlers are higher on my personal AOTY list :)

    2 jan 2012, 10:22
  • fastlane01

    Good charts, although I would have put some in a different order, and some good clips too :)

    13 apr 2012, 12:47
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