These are the albums that last.fm tells me I listened to the most over 2011. So it doesn’t count what I listened to on MOG or Spotify, or on my CD player or any other device not connected to last.fm. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty good indication of what new music I listened to the most over 2011. Some of these albums were released late 2010.
I did enjoy the new Duran Duran album, it was a wonderful, life-affirming return to form for my favorite boyhood band. I hadn’t listened to them for at least a decade. While nothing will ever touch Rio as my favorite DD album, All You Need Is Now was a worthy ‘sequel’. Produced by Mark Ronson, whose album Record Collection I also loved this year.
I enjoyed Noel Gallagher’s album and his attitude at having to record a solo one after Oasis broke up. Very positive and expansive. ‘If I Had a Gun’ is my song of the year, it’s gorgeous and the video is brilliant too (see below).
Bon Iver’s album was probably my music geek favorite of the year, in terms of the experimental and large sound they managed to get across – while still being intimate and emotional. Also the 80s references were brilliant. Radiohead’s latest was a close second on the geek front, according to my inner NPR/NME critic.
I’m glad I discovered Lizz Wright this year, her live performance of ‘I Remember, I Believe’ was my favorite live song of the year. Just beautiful. Hat-tip to Nick Lowe’s NPR live show too, another of my favorites that got repeated listens.
Atlas Sound and Yuck were two excellent discoveries this year – their best is yet to come. Finally, Wilco and Laura Marling both put out strong albums that I enjoyed listening to.
Richard’s Most Listened To Albums of 2011:
1. Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
3. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Record Collection
4. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
5. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
6. Lizz Wright – Fellowship
7. Atlas Sound – Parallax
8. Yuck – Yuck
9. Wilco – The Whole Love
10. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know