Albums of the Year 2011 results

THE results are in – and with a record number of votes this year, the Sound Advice album of the year is…
Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration The Throne’s Watch The Throne.
The album notched 12 votes, beating Opeth’s Heritage into second place with 10 votes.
Third was a three-way tie, with Radiohead – The King Of Limbs, Rival Schools – Pedals and Tom Vek – Leisure Seizure all scooping nine votes.
Phaleah – The Cold In You got eight, Ben Howard – Every Kingdom six, Little Roy – Battle For Seattle four, 40 Winks – It’s The Trip three and DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better two.
Thanks to everyone that voted!

Albums of the Year 2011

40 WINKS – IT’S THE TRIP
BEN HOWARD – EVERY KINGDOM

DJ SHADOW – THE LESS YOU KNOW, THE BETTER

LITTLE ROY – BATTLE FOR SEATTLE

OPETH – HERITAGE

PHAELEH – THE COLD IN YOU

RADIOHEAD – THE KING OF LIMBS

RIVAL SCHOOLS – PEDALS

THE THRONE – WATCH THE THRONE

TOM VEK – LEISURE SEIZURE

Albums of the Almost-Half-Of-A-Year 2011

WITH 2011 barging recklessly into June already like a drunk in a moshpit, I thought I’d tentatively put out a longlist of possible contenders for Album Of The Year 2011 that have already been released.
Statistically, about half of them should be sitting in my rack or on my hard drive by now, surely?

  • 40 Winks – It’s The Trip
  • And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs
  • Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
  • Fink – Perfect Darkness
  • Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  • Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  • The Haunted – Unseen
  • Icicle – Under The Ice
  • Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
  • The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
  • Lower Than Atlantis – World Record
  • Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone
  • Max Raptor – Portraits
  • Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  • Mr President – Number One
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  • Rival Schools – Pedals
  • The Strokes – Angles
  • Thursday – No Devolucion
  • Times Of Grace – The Hymn Of A Broken Man
  • Vessels – Helioscope
  • Wagon Christ – Toomorrow (pictured)
  • William Fitzsimmons – Gold In The Shadow

You can listen to samples of nearly all of these with a Spotify playlist I’ve compiled by clicking here.
And feel free to add your thoughts below – any corkers that I’ve missed? Are there any of the above you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole?

Albums of the Year 2010 revealed

NEWS just in – okay, three days ago – is that this year’s Sound Advice Album of the Year vote has ended in a three way tie.

So this year’s plaudits are shared between Bonobo’s Black Sands, Four Tet’s There Is Love In You and Kvelertak’s Kvelertak.
All very worthy LPs, and all worth checking out, though for my money Bonobo just edges it.
To see the full shortlist you picked from, click here, and let’s hope 2011 is an equally diverse and interesting year for music.

So long and thanks for all the discs….

REGULAR readers of Sound Advice may have noticed that, of late, the blog has been pretty irregular.
After nearly three years of reviewing, a combination of ridiculous DMCA complaints downing posts, a lull in readers and my laptop dying losing me a huge wad of albums yet to be reviewed and my schedule of when they needed to be reviewed, the posts have stopped.
So for now, Sound Advice is on a hiatus, and is unlikely to return in its current form.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s read, commented on, linked to or otherwise engaged with the site – it’s been a real pleasure and has introduced me to some amazing music.
In the meantime, check out my football blog Goaltastic at http://blogs.loughboroughecho.net/goaltastic/ and feel free to have a vote on my hideously early Albums of the Year vote, which runs until December 31.

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Half time report – Albums Of The Year 2010 so far

TODAY is halfway through 2010 – my hasn’t time flown – so I thought the time was right for a recap.
Because theoretically around half of my Albums Of The Year 2010 should have been released by now.
But however much as I’d like to be some sort of omniscient music resource, I’ll wager a lot of damn good albums have already passed me by this year.
So here’s my plea – if I seem to have missed any releases you really think I should have covered by now, drop me a comment below or visit the Sound Off forum and let me know your favourites so far.
For your reference, here is a list of my five-out-of-five-rated releases, minus EPs and compilations, from January through to the end of June –
Autechre – Oversteps
Bass Clef – May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way
Bonobo – Black Sands
Blockhead – The Music Scene
Castrovalva – We Are A Unit
Chemical Brothers – Further
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – The Logic Of Chance
Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Foals – Total Life Forever
Four Tet – There Is Love In You
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Hesta Prynn – Can We Go Wrong
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
Jonsi – Go
Kvelertak – Kvelertak
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Polar Bear – Peepers
Six Gallery – Breakthroughs In Modern Art
Sleepy Sun – Fever
These Monsters – Call Me Dragon
Tobacco – Maniac Meat
Trentemoller – The Great Wide Yonder
Valgeir Sigurdsson – Draumalandid
Whitefield Brothers – Earthology

Albums Of The Year 2009

Acoustic Ladyland – Living With A Tiger
A triumphant punky jazzy funky classic with teeth.

Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
No band can straddle heavy metal and pop like Scottish band Biffy Clyro.

Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name
Ushered in a brand new superstar DJ.

Fighting With Wire – Man Vs Monster
The Northern Irish band’s debut reminded me why rock music rocks.

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
A meticulously beautiful and timeless classic.

Isis – Wavering Radient
Mesmeric sludge metal to sink into.

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
The Leicester band are truly and madly in their groove.

Marmaduke Duke – Duke Pandamonium
Surprisingly good from start to finish.

Mr Hudson – Straight No Chaser
In 2009, Mr Hudson deservedly went supernova.

Albums Of The Year nearly here

YULE have been mad not to have noticed that, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens: “‘Tis the season.”
As my Christmas present to you, tomorrow I’ll unveil my Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2009, revealing who is following in the footsteps of acts behind previous Albums Of The Year such as System Of A Down, Portishead, The Libertines, The Beatles and Arcade Fire.
You’ll also find out if anyone can join Biffy Clyro as double winners – groups in the running this year include Prodigy, Acoustic Ladyland, Mr Hudson, Maccabees and Jamie T, while Biffy Clyro themselves could make it a record three Albums Of The Year with Only Revolutions.
Plus there’s local interest too – both Late Of The Pier and Young Knives made the top 10 for 2008, and this year Kerfuffle, Kelpe and Wave Pictures have had albums out, and Mr Hudson’s drummer, Wilkie Wilkinson, is from Loughborough too!
You’ll also have your chance to vote which of my shortlist should be crowned Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice Album Of The Year, which last year was awarded to Portishead’s Third.
The vote runs until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
So until then, let me take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.