Sunday, 18 December 2011

Top 20 Albums Of 2011

1. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Britain's biggest rock'n'roll hopefuls since The Libertines

 If it's 'tunes' you're after, look no further. London quartet The Vaccines burst onto the scene in August of 2010, with their demo of If You Wanna surfacing on You Tube.Within days, Zane Lowe made the song his 'Hottest Record In The World' and the band was soon signed to Columbia Records. The Vaccines' iconic debut is full of the short and sharp indie anthems that we have been longing for since the days of The Strokes and Justin Young's emphatic vocal style tears through the album. Freddie Cowan's ingenuity in the lead guitar department never fails to amaze, with fast paced chord sequences in songs such as Norgaard and a guitar sound that defines the band, nothing compares.

Album opener Wreckin' Bar is one minute and twenty-eight seconds of adrenaline powered indie rock. Catchy as hell and magnificently written, it's an awesome start to the LP, setting the pace for what's to come. Lead single from What Did You Expect... is Post Break-Up Sex, like many of the songs on the record it's about relationships and as NME so wisely put it, 'mildly creepy', but that's why people like it. The raw, energetic atmosphere that surrounds the band is inevitable. Both lyrically and musically, The Vaccines have got it, whatever 'it' may be.

The Vaccines are here to remind us that Great British rock'n'roll has still got it. The Vaccines are here to stay.

2. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

Everybody's favourite singer / songwriter's patriotic album about his grandmother, the English Channel and Winchester. Marvellous.

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Beautiful second full length from Bon Iver, Justin Vernon's voice is an instrument in itself.

4. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

High Green's lads fourth LP. With awesome guitar licks and Alex Turner's lyrics, Arctic Monkeys are laughing.

5. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix

North London sweetheart's third release, prepare for a new BBC.

6. Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger

Sunderland band fronted by Frankie Francis, catchy guitar pop and an ace singer.

7. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

The Oasis songwriter's superlative debut effort. A step away from the old band, but still rock'n'roll.

8. Miles Kane - Colour Of The Trap

60's inspired garage rock, guitar riffs that will make your hair curl.

9. City And Colour - Little Hell

Alexisonfire's Dallas Green continues to feed the need for acoustic ballads (successfully).

10. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

An LP that will blow you mind, Smith Westerns take you on a journey to the future of American guitar rock.

11. Metronomy - The English Riviera 

A wonderful long player from Devon's greatest offering since Ambrosia custard.

12. Noah And The Whale - Last Night On Earth

Charlie Fink writes another classic album, upbeat and up-tempo ditching the ukuleles for electric guitars.

13. Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

22 year old Yorkshireman Leftwich's stunning debut, folk songs for the fans of Elliot Smith

14. Little Comets - In Search Of Elusive Little Comets

Newcastle four-piece feed our ears with jangly 'kitchen sink' indie pop. Absolutely BRILLIANT!

15. The Wombats - This Modern Glitch

Tales of growing up in the nineties, catchy tunes and clever lyrics. What's not to like?

16. Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Influenced by dinosaurs, Kasabian step forward into the experimental rock that everyone loves.

17. The Horrors - Skying

The Southend band's astounding third LP, furthering into the experimental. NME Award Winner for Album Of The Year 2011

18. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Pop songs with a hook in every song and piano lines that make you want to dance. LET'S DANCE!

19. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo 

Ex-War On Drugs guitarist and Pennsylvanian troubadour's fourth solo record. Nostalgic, melancholic, fantastic.

20. The Drums - Portamento

The Drums second offering, an LP that puts the spotlight on Jonathan Pierce's upbringing. Jangly guitar pop all round. Magnificent.

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