Sunday, December 11, 2011
Here's my top twenty albums of 2011. The top album of the year is The Wild Swans - 'The Coldest Winter In A Hundred Years', but the other nineteen are pretty good too.
Look forward to receiving your lists and recommendations.
1. The Wild Swans - The Coldest Winter In A Hundred Years
2. Wild Beasts - Smother
3. John Foxx & the Maths - Interplay
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
5. The Horrors - Skying
6. Wire - Red Barked Tree
7. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
8. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
10. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
11. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
12. The Unthanks - Last
13. Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys
14. TV on the Radio - Nine Types Of Light
15. Metronomy - The English Riviera
16. Battles - Gloss Drop
17. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
18. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
19. P J Harvey - Let England Shake
20. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
The Wild Swans tribute to drummer Pete de Freitas who died in a motorbike accident 22 years ago.
My top album of 2011 is The Wild Swans - 'The Coldest Winter In A Hundred Years'.
I only discovered this brilliant album in October but I've not stopped playing it ever since. I've been a fan of the Wild Swans since the 1980's (Revolutionary Spirit being a personal favourite) but I had thought their moment had passed until this latest release.
Original member and lead singer Paul Simpson has gone through numerous line-ups which have included many famous Liverpudlians such as Pete de Freitas (Echo and the Bunnymen), Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds), Chris Sharrock and Ian McNabb (Icicle Works).
However, the latest incarnation which includes Ricky Rene Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen), Mike Mooney (Julian Cope/Spiritualized), and Steve Beswick (Slipstream) have come up with a masterpiece.
This is an epic album with soaring tunes and evocative lyrics, it is music to be savoured.
It is the album The Wild Swans always threatened to make in the 80's and 90's but have only now got around to making.
'The Coldest Winter in A Hundred Years' has had limited publicity and has been criminally neglected by the critics, but it is deserving of your attention.