Album Of The Year 2011 :: Barlow’s Top 5

The idea that there’s a one true ‘album of the year’ is a pretty misguided one. With that in mind, we’ve tried to offer up a series of recommendations from both the Moon & Back Music staff, and from a few notable names from the world of music.
Today it’s the turn of, Moon & Back Music Editor, Anthony Barlow.

5. Laura Stevenson & The Cans – Sit Resist

It wasn’t one that hit me right away (technology conspired against me), but Sit Resist is a beautiful record. Need I say more? Oh, alright.

I found Sit Resist to be one of the most charming records of the year. It’s uplifting, and often child-like, instrumentation makes it unlike anything I’ve heard in a long time, and Laura’s vocals are nothing less than amazing. Seeing her and the band play live is one of the highlights of this year for me.
Dismiss this record at your peril!

4. Into It. Over It. – Proper

After blasting through all the seven-inches, splits and compilations I could get my hands on, it was great to finally get a proper (sorry, I couldn’t resist) full length out of Into It. Over It. With a sound that I can best describe as “Thursday meets Onelinedrawing”, I immediately fell in love with it.

How I’d not heard Evan’s stuff earlier seems insane. Little did I know that, come the end of the year, he’d have released a record that’d crack my ‘Top 5’ and have even helped spawn a whole new branch of Moon & Back. Cheers, Evan!

3. Ben Marwood – Outside There’s A Curse

It might have been released way back in January, but there was no way I could forget Outside There’s A Curse. Armed with little more than an acoustic guitar, Ben Marwood manages to evoke every emotion possible – each of them encased within some of the cleverest, most poignant, lyrics I’ve ever heard – with this collection of acoustic gems.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Ben is bound for big things so, do yourselves a favour, get in on the ground floor and check out this record. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. I just wish he’d have put ‘We Are No Longer Twenty-Five On Here!’

2. Dan Andriano In The Emmergency Room – Hurricane Season

Alkaline Trio are one of my favourite bands of all time and Dan Andriano may well be my all time favourite songwriter. So, as you can imagine, I was excited to have an album full of ‘Dan songs’. As excited as I was, I couldn’t help but think this could be an album of Alkaline Trio cast offs.This doubt was soon remedied and, as it turns out, the whole record is a real step away from the kinds of things I’m used to hearing out of Dan.

Hurricane Season feels a lot more personal than his recent songs with Trio, and the wide range of instrumentation makes these songs a hell of a lot more interesting than if this had been another ‘one man and a guitar’ effort.

1. Great Cynics – Don’t Need Much

I’m not gonna lie, as soon as I heard Don’t Need Much, I knew it’d be sitting on top of this list come the end of the year. It quickly became one of my go to records, and I reckon it’s been played at least once a day since I got it. I’m not trying to say it’s perfect, but it’s got that something – that thing you just can’t put your finger on – that makes it completely awesome.

It’s a collection of ten, fantastic, simple, (mostly) upbeat, pop punk songs that you can’t help but sing along to. Go get it!

3 Responses to “Album Of The Year 2011 :: Barlow’s Top 5”

  1. Branden says:

    Good list Anthony, I was expecting No Devolucion to be on there though

  2. Great Cynics should be the top of all lists.

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