Got to call a halt at some point. There’s two or three 2011 LPs kicking around which may well prove good enough to make it into this list when I’ve had a chance to listen to them properly, but I could go on for a while. So, with apologies to Low and United Fruit at least, I’m going to dive right in.
A couple of things. There’s at least 2 LPs, maybe even 3 or 4, on this list that would have been top 10 in previous years, no question. Which kind of confirms that, if the standard of the first quarter perhaps wasn’t maintained throughout the year, 2011 still finished up the strongest year for albums in the 5 years of the blog.
Also, reviewing this list I decided to expand my original list from 20 to 25 because in truth there’s nowt much between around 18 to 25. So without further ado:
11. Zoey van Goey – Propeller versus Wings
12. The Wildhouse – SOLANIS
13. dEUS – Keep You Close
14. Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip
15. Rob St John – Weald
16. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
17. St Vincent – Strange Mercy
18. The Fruit Tree Foundation – First Edition
19. P.J. Harvey – Let England Shake
20. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
21. You Already Know – Petrol Money
22. The A Forest – The A-Forest
23. British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall
24. The Raveonettes – Raven In The Grave
25. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
Numbers 1-10 tomorrow.