And so it begins. The Getintothis epic countdown of new music released in 2011 is cobbled together into some form of coherence – beginning with the 50 records which didn’t make it into our official Top 50.
Justice: Audio Video Disco
Banging, yet overblown and lacking in substance.
Radiohead: King Of Limbs
The sound of a band growing increasingly tired.
Getintothis Top 10 Radiohead.
Friendly Fires: Pala
The catchy hooks remain but pales in comparison to their winning debut.
Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See
Back on track, but distinctly ok.
Iceage: New Brigade
What’s Your Rupture
Getintothis review of Iceage live in Liverpool’s Wolstenholme Creative Space.
REM: Collapse Into Now
REM remembering how to be REM. The endgame arrived just in time.
REM Top 10 on Getintothis.
Six Organs Of Admittance: Asleep On The Floodplain
A sparse, restrained collection which fits neatly into Ben Chasny‘s expansive canon.
Boy-girl do retro wall of sound. Fresh for about a month.
The Strokes: Angles
Hardly a comeback, but genuine flashes of what excited us in the first place.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Getintothis exclusive first review of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Bright Eyes: The People’s Key
Lovely if largely forgettable.
Zola Jesus: Conatus
Alternative Distribution Alliance
Getintothis reviews Zola Jesus live at The Kazimier.
Holy Ghost!: Holy Ghost!
A DFA band doing the DFA sound. It’s been done better but it’s always worth repeating.
Getintothis reviews Yuck at Mello, Liverpool Sound City.
Enablers: Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions
Exile on Mainstream Records
A sprawling rage underpinned with elegant beauty. Difficult but worthy of return visits.
Atlas Sound: Parallax
More of the same from Bradford Cox, alt-rock’s one-man music machine.
Getintothis reviews SBTRKT live at The Shipping Forecast, during Liverpool Sound City.
Alexander Tucker: Dorwytch
Getintothis reviews Alexander Tucker, live at Don’t Drop The Dumbbells.
I Break Horses: Hearts
Eclectic dream pop lacking in variation.
Big ideas but often lost in the big mix.
Neon Indian: Era Extraña
More consistent than his debut but missing those original psyche pop highs
Getintothis reviews Neon Indian live at The Shipping Forecast.
Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestial Lineage
Gloriously dark. Sometimes too dark.
Forest Fire: Staring At The X
Gutted to miss these when the Harvest Sun bros put them on in Liverpool. Suspect they’re an even better live prospect than on record.
St Vincent: Strange Mercy
Strange that every single review alluded to Annie Clark‘s six string prowess, yet Strange Mercy showcased little of the sort. A muddle of eccentricities which reveals more, the deeper you dig.
Other Lives: Tamer Animals
Getintothis reviews Other Lives, at Leaf Cafe, Liverpool.
Thee Oh Sees: Castlemania
In The Red
Wild and wacky, Thee Oh Sees continued to bring the noise. If a wee bit patchy in places.
Zun Zun Egui: Katang
One Little Indian
A triumph of ideas which hangs together like a Primark sweatshirt.
Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys!
Elbow do an Elbow. Growing tiresome now.
Getintothis reviews Elbow at the ECHO Arena.
Three Trapped Tigers: Route One Or Die
Blood And Biscuits
Getintothis reviews TTT during Liverpool Music Week 2011.
Tim Hecker: Ravedeath 1972
Bleak as fuck but beautiful nonetheless.
4AD Sessions: Special Edition
Worthy of inclusion for the exquisite package alone. Thankfully the music matches up.
Wye Oak: Civilian
Great hooks and off-kilter melodies in one of the finest debuts of the year. A little treat.
White Hills: H-P1
Another blast of epic thunder from one of the most consistently noise bands around.
My Morning Jacket: Circuital
By ditching the daft white-boy funk, Jim Jones and co. come back to what they know.
Leeds drummer/composer/producer adopts the Flying Lotus position. KAPOW.
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie Xx: We’re New Here
Not as good as either of their recent records, but hey what was?
Getintothis reviews Gil Scott-Heron live in Liverpool.
The Decemberists: The King Is Dead
Reminded me of REM. Anyone?
Brian Eno: Drums Between The Bells
One to fall asleep to. We all need these.
Twin Sister: In Heaven
Getintothis reviews Twin Sister at Mojo during Liverpool Music Week.
Smith Westerns: Dye It Blonde
Like a grand homage to George Harrison.
Alexi Murdoch: Towards The Sun
Republic of Music
Timeless songwriting. Just don’t mention that Pink Moon fella.
The Naked And The Famous: Passive Me, Aggressive You
One of few electro pop records which still felt urgent and fresh.
Wooden Shjips: West
Getintothis reviews Wooden Shjips live at The Kazimier, Liverpool.
Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire
Back in the game, and on tracks like Lucky Now, there’s few better. Good to have him back.
TV On The Radio: Nine Types Of Light
Such a disappointment after Dear Science. But hey, the bar was raised and on tracks like Caffeinated Consciousness they still sound as vital as ever.
The Vaccines: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
Hardly the saviours of guitar pop, but much, much better than so many of their contemporaries.
Phoenix Foundation: Buffalo
A subtle and expertly-crafted piece wtih a title track containing one of the melodies of the year.
Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi
Like an M&S model for Per Una her dark noir dramatics come straight out of David Lynch‘s dystopian dream worlds.
Iron & Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean
A sunny start to 2011 which kinda lost it’s way throughout the year.
Getintothis reviews Iron & Wine at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.
Check back next week for the Getintothis Top 50 Albums of 2011.
Getintothis Top 50 Albums of 2010.