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.
Oxygen Thief (a.k.a. Barry Dolan) plays, metal-tinged, acoustic music that I like to describe as “something along the lines of acoustic Reuben”. Anyway, he released a fantastic album – Destroy It Yourself – earlier this year and now he’s here to tell you what his favourite records of 2011 are.
5. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake.
I haven’t actually listened to this that much, but it sounded awesome when I listened to it and hopefully me putting it in this list will remind me to put it on more often. Mercury Prize winner too, ace.
4. Shapes – Monotony Chic.
Like a British version of Glassjaw, all angles and shouting and RARRR but with bits of The Smiths in there as well at times.
3. Johnny Foreigner – Johnny Foreigner vs Everything.
In which Britain’s very best indie-rock band make something so good even the slow songs are brilliant. And I hate slow songs.
2. Mastodon – The Hunter.
RIFFS. WOARRRGH! Prog! FACE-SMASH! Everything you’d want from a Mastodon album & then some. Unless you want endless repeats of Leviathan in which case you are fail my friend.
1. Young Legionnaire – Crisis Works.
Side project from Yourcodenameismilo frontman, Bloc Party bassist, and a drummer. Riff-heavy, soaked in melody, and brilliantly innovative.
0. Oxygen Thief – Destroy It Yourself.
Don’t know if putting it at zero-th place means it’s better than all of these (hint: it’s obviously not). I certainly own more copies of it than any other album I’ve purchased this year, so in terms of quantity-currently-residing-in-my-house it certainly wins. I’m very proud of it though, so would like to give it a cheeky mention.
Ben Marwood – Outside There’s A Curse