This now is the last of my Top lists of 2011 and to be honest I’ve been putting this off for a few days to make sure that I am 100% happy with the choices I’ve made and I’m now certain I’m happy! So now what were for me the Top 10 Albums released in 2011.
10. Seasick Steve – ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’
Ever since I caught Seasick Steve randomly at Reading Festival in 2008 I’ve had a soft spot for him and his brand of blues, he is such a genuine honest person and that really comes through in his songs. The addition on this album of John Paul Jones on bass duty only adds to what is a really good album.
9. Katherine Jenkins – Daydream
Next up is the latest offering from Welsh Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins, every time I listen to her voice blows me away she is a truly stunning vocalist and the new album showcases her range really well, on top of that it contains ‘Abigail’s Song’ from the Doctor Who Christmas special which I genuinely have loved ever since watching it.
8. Savage Messiah – Plague Of Conscience
Up next is the first of the albums where I genuinely knew nothing about the artist before I heard it, downloaded for free when I saw the link put up by a Friend of mine and band member Joffy I figured I had nothing to lose and ended up hearing one of the best albums of the year! Savage Messiah are another band that I hope are destined for big things in 2012.
7. Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone
Another artist I knew nothing about, I was sent a recommendation on spotify by a good friend of mine Simon telling me I have to listen to this album, I’m really glad I did this is a great album and honestly is one of the ones that’s been in regular rotation. I was quite skeptical at first if I’m honest as it’s a fully instrumental album but it really works and is definitely justified on this list.
6. Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
I was originally going to do a top 5 albums of 2011 but this album made it impossible for me to do that as I couldn’t bear to leave an album that is so good out of my list, I therefore decided to make it a top 10. Much like Katherine Jenkins, Florence Welch is a vocalist that astounds me every time I listen, on top of that there are some fantastic songs on this album and definitely worth lengthening my list for.
5. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
It is from this point forth where for people who know me and people who visit this blog regularly will find the list becoming obvious. Frank Turner is another one of the artists that really won me over in 2011, I first heard him last year when a work colleague played a couple of his albums at work and I remember being impressed, as a result I decided to buy this album on release and I’ve not looked back since as Frank Turner has gone on to solidify himself as one of my current favourite artists.
4. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
The Scandinavian Viking metallers returned this year with new album ‘Surtur Rising’ and it has been on an almost permanent loop in my music collection ever since, this genuinely has to be one of my most played albums this year. You always know what you are going to get with Amon Amarth, but they really upped their game on this album, it also has the honour for most ‘Save The World Style Solo Of 2011’ with the song ‘War Of The Gods’.
3. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix
I remember my younger brother saying he was going to see Bombay Bicycle Club in Brighton and thinking to myself it maybe quite good to tag along as I quite Liked ‘Flaws’ and I’ll check anything out once within reason. Then Bombay Bicycle Club went and released ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ and Bombay Bicycle Club went from being a band I wouldn’t mind checking out to one I had to see! The album also spawned one of my favourite songs of the year in ‘Shuffle’.
2. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds – Self Titled
I can’t honestly express in words how happy I am to see a genuinely great album come from Noel Gallagher, responsible for writing so many of the songs that got me through my childhood/adolescence with Oasis Noel Gallagher is one of the biggest influences on my musical progression. This album is truly amazing and to be completely honest very nearly got the top spot on this list, genuinely not a bad track on this album and deserves its high spot on my list simply for its nostalgia factor and the fact it restored my faith in Noel Gallagher and proved with totality he was the talent in Oasis.
1. Mastodon – The Hunter
I’m Positive that anyone who knows me in any shape or form will know what the number one choice was going to be! From the moment I first heard ‘The Hunter’ it was obvious to me that Mastodon had written another masterpiece and what the best album of 2011 was going to be. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting such a strong challenge to it from Noel Gallagher’s album but Mastodon are just a class unto themselves, they never cease to amaze me every time I listen to them, they are technically brilliant and have written so many of my favourite songs! All I can add is thank you Mastodon for consistently being phenomenal and I’ll see you in February!!
Anyway that concludes my list! Thank You all for reading!