below you will find my list of albums of the year, including some clips to give you a feel for the artist. what are your thoughts? what were your albums of the year?
happy new year everyone and thanks for all your support this year.
more to come in 2012...
l - initale wow, what an album. i have loved this so much this year. melancholy without being depressing, laid back without being dull, smooth but with an edge. update: there is now a deluxe edition of the album with 5 extra songs!
icona pop - nights like this e.p. i have a soft spot for swedish pop anyway but this takes it to another level. it sounds a bit like if the knife had edged slightly more towards pop. also, this isn't manufactured - it's the real deal.
charlotte gainsbourg - stage whisper
an album of songs left over from 5.55 and i.r.m. yet it sounds like a legitimate album in its own right. the music ranges from angry electronica to whispery beautiful ballads. plus it has the added bonus of a live album too. marvy!
christophe willem - prismophonic i'm surprised he's on the list too! but i just grew to really enjoy this album. it's poppy and dancey and how could he go wrong when he had help from top pop peoples like richard x, karen poole, hannah robinson, isabel guzman and even kylie.
lady gaga - born this way what can i say? i love this woman. watch this incredible live performance of gaga on taratata singing hair; it made me cry! plus watch from 07.45 where she sings an impromptu version in french.
les bien-aimes - soundtrack (written by alex beaupain) here is alexs second entry. i haven't even seen the film yet but if this album is anything to go by then it's bound to be pretty good. sung by denueve, sagnier and mastroianni, it makes for great doll vocals with an eclectic style of songs.
medina - for altid i don't know what it is that prevents medina from being just another euro pop/dance nobody. she is the danish lady gaga! i loved her english language album and this new danish album is ace too.
the saturdays - on your radar - for channelling the sounds of medina and september and for creating what should have been the girls aloud comeback song 'all fired up' (watch here) beth ditto - e.p. - just for being amazing - next time more than an e.p. please! watch beth justify her love here nicola roberts - cinderellas eyes - for keeping the energy of girls loud alive and for bearing her soul. kudos nicola! watch her amazing performance of 'i' here florrie - experiments - more great pop, again keeping the girls aloud vibe alive (anyone think i miss girls aloud?!). watch her experiment with rugs here britney - femme fatale - for adding a more clubby dance orientated feel to her music. i went to see her on tour a few months ago - she put no energy into her performance, she was lazy, occasionally looked a bit lost and mimed a lot. yet i still managed to enjoy it! watch her go here vanbot - vanbot - if you didn't know any different you would think these were robyn cast offs - which is not bad thing at all! watch here
THE POSTMARKS - NO-ONE SAID THIS WOULD BE EASY many artists try to bring a retro vibe to their songs - most of the time they fail and it ends up sounding kitsch or just like a bad copy. so when a band like the postmarks get it right, they do it in style. i still adore this song, it's cinematic, full of emotion, 60's sounding and made with a genuineness that's not present on most other 'modern retro' music.