Richard’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

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

Comments

  1. Gidday Richard

    Stumbled across your blog via the Sufjan gig review last year. It was my first real exposure to Sufjan, having received free tickets from a friend who lost his mother (a year ago today) and couldn’t attend the show. It was a great gig and I really felt for my friend, not just for losing his mother but for missing such a great show. But my wife and I absolutely loved it and are now exploring much of Sufjan’s earlier work (which we’d heard touches of but not really been taken by). I lost my mother later in the year too and still feel the pain but I love how something positive, even so small and insignificant, can come out of times like this. Life goes on, regardless.

    My top albums of 2011:
    Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
    Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells – Everything’s Getting Older
    Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
    The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
    PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
    David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights – Left By Soft
    An Emerald City – The Fourth

    I’d love to include Bjork and Wilco but I’m not totally sold on either yet… even though they are two of my all-time favourites.

  2. Thanks for your comment Stu. Sorry to hear about your mother.

    Interesting music picks. I haven’t heard a few of those, so will check them out.

  3. Wow what a great blog post! I love your music choices! Wilco – The Whole Love would be my top choice though ;-)

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