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The 11 Greatest Albums Of 2011

So, yeah. List Season is well and truly over and so with this being a hip and happening blog I really wanted to really shake things up and so I thought – prepare yourselves people – I’d rank last year’s best albums. What about that eh? The year’s best albums, in an objective numeric order? A month after everyone and their grandmother’s cat has done it? Unheard of! I shall set the trend, and that, of course, was my intention behind this late list all along.

(Yes, alright, sorry, I wrote most of everything a day after the singles one but couldn’t be arsed to write the rest. YOU CAUGHT ME. What do you want, a biscuit?)

As a bit of a forewarning all of the albums on this list are, at the very least, brilliant, otherwise they wouldn’t be on it. They are all worth parting with cash over. And readers, that is music well made. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE LISTED ARTISTS PLEASE.

And on with the show. Continue reading

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The 41 Greatest Singles of 2011

And here they are.

So, 2011 has sort of happened hasn’t it? And quite a lot of artists released good singles in it, which can get a bit confusing in the day and age where LMFAO are the year’s biggest selling iTunes artist. So HERE ARE the best fourty one singles 2011 had to offer, in reverse order so there’s a poptacular drum-roll from the ‘fucking good’ through the ‘absolutely chuffing brilliant’ right up to the ‘OH MY BLOODY GOD’ ones at the end. Any problems? Of course not. Here we go. Continue reading

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A music video with a yo-yo in it.

The song is also called Yo-Yo, which is a good job really because if it wasn’t then the video would not have a yo-yo in it and thus would be 8% less good.

Two interesting facts about this song:

  • The middle eight was inspired by t.A.T.u‘s All The Things She Said (LITERALLY AMAZING) which is good because if we’re being honest with ourselves bar “voodoo, yoga, diet soda” the song really doesn’t have much else going for it.
  • The above middle eight is certainly in the top fourteen middle eights that have happened this year, probably around number three. But let’s not count our chickens before they’ve hatched etc. etc.

It must be tough being a Mr. Yo-Yo Model. You go for years and years without a decent yo-yo craze to get a few adverts out of, then Nicola Roberts comes along with a SONG CALLED YO-YO. But then you listen to it and it’s all a little underwhelming and probably won’t be a single, then all of a sudden the record label decide to throw a bit more money down the drain and want you in the music video and it all generally starts to ‘look good’. But then in the aforementioned music video you are upstaged by The Roberts looking effortlessly gorgeous, having a bit of a tearjerk moment in the shower and carelessly throwing some plates around. Still, you tried mate. You tried.

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The song with the most unsearchable title of all time

Nicola

…happens to be I by Nicola Roberts. Just in case you were wondering. Oh look! An excuse to bang on about how amazing it is.

IT IS AMAZING.

Job done.

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A Cher Lloyd song that is not shit.

Do we all remember this?

This was the moment that everyone who loved Cher Lloyd‘s first audition but was disappointed by almost everything that came after breathed a huge sigh of relief. Cher could deliver a massive pop performance after all. Pitch perfect it wasn’t, well costumed it wasn’t, and related to the theme – Halloween, for fucks sake – it most certainly was not. But everything slightly off about the set up fell away the moment it transpired that Cher could sing about something that mattered, to a brilliant tune with fantastic production, and just get it. She had popstar potential again.

BUT WAIT.

Then, of course, Cher proceeded to shit all over her popstar potential by a) acting like a dickhead, b) getting a bit ahead of herself and c) releasing Swagger Jagger without the slightest trace of a tongue in her cheek. This you should remember. Then she started preparing to release a second single and the tracklist to her upcoming album came out and everyone over the age of 14 just lost interest a bit.

BUT WAIT.

Cher’s label have today announced that when you pre-order Sticks + Stones (her album, not the wrist-slashingly brilliant Nicola Roberts song of the same name) from her official website, you’ll get a studio version of Stay. Lure back disinterested X Factor watchers by promising them a proper song version of what was generally agreed to be her biggest X Factor “moment”, slap Cher’s X Factor rehearsal vocals on top of a karaoke backing track – a PR job well done. Drinks all round.

BUT WAIT.

It’s actually not rushed or sloppy or lazy or rubbish: it’s brilliant.

Of course, it’s not good enough to convince me to pre-order an album that we all know is not going to be very brilliant, but it’s a start Cher. It’s a start.

EDIT: Hold the bloody phone! You can pre-order the album, download the song instantly and then cancel without paying. Sometimes music is just so good that not even a hugely mismarketed album can hold it down.

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