Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Albums of 2011

I only got a few new albums this year.  Here they are, in ranked order:

1.  Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons
One of Matt's best albums, only pipped, for me, by The Friendship and the Fear.  Excellent congregationally, and with one of the best worship songs of the last decade in 'Here for you'.  More thoughts here.
2.  Stoney+ - The Scene and the Unseen
I saw Stoney supporting Athlete about a year ago.  Quite unique and very interesting to listen to.  My personal 'unknown band of the year'.
3.  The Temper Trap - Conditions
Really cool album with barely a weak point.  Catchy and lively.  I shall be keeping a close eye on this band.
4.  Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Not as good as some of their previous efforts, but still some great songs on this.
5.  Lou Fellingham - Step Into the Light
Quite similar to Phatfish really, but nonetheless good.  Some really nice songs here.
6.  British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
BSP are awesome and everything, but this just isn't as good as previous albums.  It's still good, just not as good.
7.  Tim Hughes - Love Shine Through
Really quite disappointing, as explained here.

Also, a few decent EPs this year:
Flight Brigade - Flight Brigade; Shaw Court Sessions - a total of 11 great songs from a band I discovered for the first time this year.  Lovely stuff.
Stoney+ - The Soar Before - Just 4 songs from the aforementioned Mark Stoney and co.
The Listening - The Listening - Formerly The Rock'n'Roll worship circus, some great stuff on this EP.

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