Last year, I decided to make a list of the best albums of 2010, so why not do it again this year?
#1. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - M83
I could put this album in the top just because of the song Midnight City. It has amazing vocals, it makes you wanna dance and it sounds absolutely astounding. And the rest of the songs compliments that in several different ways, if you haven't listened to this album during 2011... just do it, please?
Listen to: Midnight City, Reunion
#2. Smother - Wild beasts
"I would lie anywhere with you. Any old bed of nails would do."
"I dare we put our tongues to the flames."
I did like Wild Beasts before this album. Two Dancers is a phenomenal album. And I know that other Wild Beasts fans might not agree with me, but honestly, this one is better. The song Bed of Nails is such a tender and beautiful song and the sounds are wickedly lullabying.
Listen to: Deeper, Bed Of Nails
#3. Ceremonials - Florence and the machine
"And the heart is hard to translate, it has a language of its own."
"We'll be dressed up in grey, with metal on our tongues and silver in our lungs."
We all know that the second album is the hardest album. And I definitely think that it was that way for Florence Welch. I myself had crazy high expectations for this album. It was probably the most anticipated for me, I was so scared that I would be disappointed. But it was beautiful. In many was it is similar to the previous album, Lungs, but there are even more experiments with different kinds of genres and the album seems more fulfilled, every song has it own place in the album and makes it up as it should be. Magical.
Listen to: Spectrum, What the water gave me
#4. Within And Without - Washed Out
"But if you want to recreate the sea for me, I got you."
I came across this album when watching a pretty silly tv-show. I heard a very pretty sort of ambient song playing in the background, and was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea what the song was though, so I used today's technology and used the iPhone app Shazam. And voila, the song was called You and I with Washed Out. After a second listen to the song I realised that it was obvious that I had to listen to the rest of the album. And after that, after listening to the calm ambient vibes the album gives off, I was stuck.
Listen to: You and I, Amor Fati
#5 Mirrorwriting - Jamie Woon
"And each thought like a theif is driven, to steal the night air from the heavens."
"Sometimes I wish I could anesthetize, bring up the lows, bring down the highs."
I don't really have a favorite song on this album, the songs goes with each other and I actually had to look up the titles I've been listening to the most. I can't seem to the remember the name of them, although I know the melodies and the lyrics all too well. It feels like the album is a very long pretty song.
Anyway, it's very mellow and easy to listen to. Not necessarily in a boring way, but rather in a way that doesn't require you to pay attention to anything particular in the music.
It's just a really nice album.
Listen to: Night Air, Lady Luck
#6. Safari Disco Club - Yelle
"Jamais un simple hochement de tête, comme une adolescent timide dans une fête."
"Elle te fera trembler aces ses accords dix doigts."
The song À Cause des Garcons is one of my favorite songs ever. So when Yelle announced that there was a new album coming out in spring 2011 I was very excited. However, this album's focus lies more on the sound rather than the lyrics. And it isn't as controversial as the first album. If you've heard the song "Je veux te voir" and know french, you know what I mean. But to say that this album isn't good would be a complete lie. Yes, true, the first album Pop-up was better. But Safari Disco Club is definitely a worthy successor. Where the lyrics and controversy disappear, it's replaced by childish almost endearing pop songs that make sure that your feet never stop dancing.
Listen to: La Musique, Que Veux-Tu
PS: Do watch the video to La Musique, it's hilarious.
#7. Lupercalia - Patrick Wolf
"I put my honor in waste, pull you closer and embrace."
"And we are private worlds away from public eyes."
I have the biggest crush on Patrick Wolf. And seem to falling for him more than ever after this album. The album starts of with the words "You know I, I hate to see you cry" in the song The City. It might seem cheesy but in the context with the music and Wolf's gorgeous voice it just sounds perfectly beautiful. The album then continues off with beautiful, very blissful songs. It is a very emotional album, which is how his albums always are. Although in this one contrasts the previous album's anger and sadness with the epitome of happiness of Lupercalia.
Listen to: Together, Time of my life, House
#8. Angles - The Strokes
"I'm putting your patience to the test."
"He's coming from a part of hell. With light and blue eyes don't go down well."
This is so good. So amazingly good. The album totally brings you in with the song Metabolism and it's on. Simple rock complimented with minimalistic pop influences and the voice of Julian Casablancas. This is finally an album that can compare to Room On Fire.
Listen to: Metabolism, Macchu Piccu
#9. Watch the Throne - Kanye West & Jay Z
"What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a god? What's a god to a non-believer?"
"Coke on her black skin like a zebra. I call that jungle fever."
This is generally not my type of music and I almost didn't include it. But then I was like... what the hell, it's amazing. Kanye and Jay Z come together in an epic and bombastic record about well.. sex, politics, money and all that you know. What I really like about this album however is the sound. The amazing bass of No Church In the Wild, the spartan drums of That's My Bitch combined with the soprano of Elly Jackson (La Roux) and of course, Otis Redding's voice in the background of well... Otis.
Listen to: No Church In the Wild, Otis and That's My Bitch
#10. Zonoscope - Cut Copy
"Loudspeaker sound, white disco light. It's one for us we'll fall apart."
"Blink and you'll miss a revolution."
This Australian band continues to amaze me with the electronic pop beats that honestly just makes you want to wish you were on the dancefloor so you had a proper excuse to dance your feet away. They're terribly underrated. And although this album isn't quite as good as the previous when it comes to epicness I still don't understand why there isn't more people who loves them as crazy as I do?
Listen to: Blink and you'll miss a revolution, Pharaohs and Pyramids
#11. Making Mirrors - Gotye
"And I wouldn't catch you hung up to somebody you used to know."
"We get three half dozen beats to choose from. So now we can pretend that there's an orchestra in the loungeroom."
And finally. The last album, also Australian. You've probably heard the song, Somebody I Used to Know? Well please, do listen to the full album, it's just as beautiful.
Listen to: State of the art, Eyes wide open
Albums I wished could fit into the list: Pala - Friendly Fires, A Different Kind of Fix - Bombay Bicycle club, Born This Way - Lady Gaga, Let England Shake - PJ Harvey, Cosmogony - Björk, Torches - Foster the People, Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li, James Blake - James Blake
The most disappointing album of the year: Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay. Coldplay was brilliant during the X&Y period. And Vida la Vida was pretty good. But now, it's not you, it's obviously Coldplay that needs to be fixed.