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Andy Brown's Albums of 2011

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With the end of each year comes the inevitable glut of top-ten lists. Every magazine from Mojo to NME will be declaring their love for the latest acts to 'hit the charts'. NME, keen to appear on the ball yet aware that fashion is a fickle thing, usually chooses to raise the band/singer/artist in question to the position of untouchable demigod before unceremoniously dropping them into the gutter some time in February. Yet the compiling of top tens is something all music fans love to do, it's in our genes. It's something I've enjoyed doing most of my life - please tell me I'm not alone in this? So let's not let the cynics ruin this most pure of pleasures, pick the albums that you actually enjoyed listening to this year. Fuck the cool list. Below are a selection of my favourite listening experiences of 2011, let's hear some of yours...

1. Labirinto: Anatema

2. Comet Gain: Howl of the Lonely Crowd

3. Grails: Deep Politics

4. Low: C'mon

5. David Lynch- Crazy Clown Time

6. Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1

7. Veronica Falls: S/T

8. Orienteers: S/T

9. Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

10. Aiden Moffat and Bill Wells: Everything's Getting Older

Naturally, there's a load of albums that just missed out on the top ten, long-players by the likes of White Hills, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, Josh t Pearson and The Cosmic Dead to name a few. Of course, our year in music isn't just made up of new releases so let's hear about any older things you've discovered/been introduced to this year too. I've been introduced to the dark pleasures of Coil (the album The Ape of Naples is particularly brilliant), the psychedelic meanderings of Far East Family Band (Parallel World- thanks, Soundblab) and the indie classic 16 Lovers Lane by The Go-Betweens…

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Apart from The Horrors album, nothing gets me that excited from this year. Some great albums but only one future classic. I love the David Lynch album but it's just a bit long. Maria & The Mirrors ep was good, Hunx & His Punx, Tune Yards,...

Apart from The Horrors album, nothing gets me that excited from this year. Some great albums but only one future classic. I love the David Lynch album but it's just a bit long. Maria & The Mirrors ep was good, Hunx & His Punx, Tune Yards, Iceage.

In terms of old stuff I've been getting into Felt, Cluster and John Cale recently.

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No scrap that, you'd have to say that the PJ Harvey album is a future classic as well.

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here's some of mine - in no particular order:
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
Low - C'mon
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care Take Care Take Care
Still Corners - Creatures of the Night
FareWell Poetry - Hoping For the Invisible to Ignite
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here's some of mine - in no particular order:
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
Low - C'mon
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care Take Care Take Care
Still Corners - Creatures of the Night
FareWell Poetry - Hoping For the Invisible to Ignite
Blueneck - Repititions
M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming
Our Ceasing Voice - When The Headline Hit Home
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love
Seefeel - Seefeel
Paolo Spaccamonti - Buono Notizie
Spokes - Everyone I Ever Met

I know it's 14 rather than 10 and I wrote reviews for half of them on here (I guess I got some great albums to review this year!!) :-)

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OK...

Trumpets of Death - Teeth + Teeth = Teeths
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Rustie - Glass Swords
Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams
Plaid - Scintilli
Dam Mantle - First Wave
The Horrors - Skying
Hauschka -...

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Trumpets of Death - Teeth + Teeth = Teeths
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Rustie - Glass Swords
Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams
Plaid - Scintilli
Dam Mantle - First Wave
The Horrors - Skying
Hauschka - Salon Des Amateurs
(r) - Drama Queen
Cocknbullkid - Adulthood
The Fall - Ersatz G.B.
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Atlas Sound - Paralax
MEN - Talk About Body

However, given recent events in my life, I have to say that the most profound album I've heard this year is Get Well Soon by Sarabeth Tucek. It's the most moving, beautiful mediation of loss and mental illness I've ever heard and I just can't recommend it highly enough.

This year I've discovered just how much amazing music was coming out of Brazil in the 60s and 70s: Os Mutantes, Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valença, Secos e Molhados, Gal Costa, the whole Tropicalia movement. I discovered Styx, the utterly, fabulously mental 70s Italian music show, and through that the disco majesty of Patty Pravo and Rockets. I've also delved a bit further into the murky world of 70s Jap-rock, falling for the trippy, slightly goofy charms of Far East Family Band. All this has just gone to strengthen my belief that there's always good music, coming out of everywhere in the world. You just have to go and look for it.

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Also, The Niallist - AKA and MEN - Talk About Body. How could I have forgotten them?!

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