... and also blessed (lucinda williams) & collapse into now (R.E.M.)... Just listened to the R.E.M. cd a couple of times yet. Somehow it sounds a bit repeated, & well, predictable.... let's see whether repeated listens will make it sound better. The Duran Duran & the Radiohead, referred to above is pretty cool.
1. Gillian Welch – The Way It Will Be (from The Harrow And The Harvest): Because Gillian and Dave have been playing this live for years, and they finally released it. And it's still one of the most haunting songs I've heard since Neil Young's stonedest 1970s.
4. Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing (Wounded Rhymes): Because you can never go wrong with the "Be My Baby" drum intro, and because that chorus just wraps my heart in ice and cotton.
5. PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose (Let England Shake): Because it's probably the greatest album of the year by one of the greatest living songwriters, and at least partly because she played it straight in David Cameron's face when they found themselves on the same TV programme.
17. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever (Smokering For My Halo): Because I don't know how much weed Kurt Vile smokes, but it's obviously just the right amount to come up with circular dopey-grin melodies like this.
2011 is almost over & what would I think of as the albums that impressed me the most ( in no particular order )... ?
all you need is now - duran duran
wasting Light -Foo Fighters
sing it loud - k.d. Lang
fly from here - yes
seven seas - Avishai Cohen
night of hunters - Tori Amos
mylo xyloto - coldplay
different gears, still speeding - beady eye
el camino - black keys
I think I could place the following as the albums that I liked most...
1- all you need is now - Duran Duran 1/2
2- night of hunters - Tori Amos
3- stone rollin' - Raphael Saadique 1/2
4- seven seas - Avishai cohen
5- mylo xyloto - coldplay
6- fly from here - yes
7- sing it loud - KD Lang
8- wasting light - foo fighters
9- different gear, still speeding - Beady Eye
10- so beautiful, or so what -Paul Simon
11-move like this - The Carrs
12-weather - Me'shelle 'NDego-O'Cello
13-king of limbs - radiohead
14-Noel Gallagher's high flying Birds
15-el camino -black keys
16-collapse into now -R.E.M.
17-seeds we sow - Lindsay Buckingham
18-here and now - nickelback
19-eukele songs - eddie vedder
20-hats off to the bull - chevelle
other artistes whose new albums that I've listened to in 2011 include
blessed (Lucinda Williams); I'm with you (red hot chli peppers); build a rocket boys! (elbow); fallen empire (snow patrol); rock pango (los lonely boys); demons: the nomad series, vol. 2 (cowboy junkies); charm school (roxette);Revelation, Pt. 1: The Root of Life (stephen marley); let england bleed (PJ Harvey); black & white america (lenny kravitz); low country blues (greg allman); 21 (adele); in your dreams (stevie nicks); destroyed (moby), in the sequence of my preferences of those albums....