Why top 5? To be honest, I could only find 8 to choose from and thought I’d try to be a bit picky about those ones. Not a great musical year for me, but still some crackers in there.
So here’s my list. For me the criteria was, ‘Did I get hold of it in 2011?’. It didn’t have to be released in 2011. There’s one obvious exception in this list.
It’d be great to hear all your top lists too. I know the year hasn’t finished yet so I may be a bit premature in writing this, but hey!
1. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Easily the album I’ve played the most this year. Great voice, strong songs. It all works well together as an album. Very different from her debut where her voice was much weaker. Cool drumming / rhythm section too.
2. Wilco – The Whole Love
You all know I love Wilco, but this is a great album. Perhaps could have had a few more weird songs on it in the middle, but overall another set of fantastic songs from Mr Tweedy.
3. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
Yep, definitely getting into the Stones a bit late. Never did like all their greatest hits etc. They’re good songs obviously, but Mick Jagger kinda annoys.
Somehow though Exile seems to work. Maybe it’s because there are no big hit singles on it, it just works better as an album.
4. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Finally he returns with a (mostly) consistent set of songs. He sings with so much passion. It’s just wonderful.
5. Liam Finn – FOMO
Even though I loved his debut I wasn’t expecting much from this. Thought he’d lose the plot a bit. But he changed tack, reinvented himself a bit and came up with the goods. Live show wasn’t as good as before – preferred him as a one (or two) man band.
The Avett Brothers – I and love and you
John Grant – Queen of Denmark
The Vaccines – What did you expect from the Vaccines?