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!
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
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.
Biffy Clyro‘s Only Revolutions has been voted as Album Of The Year 2009. The Scottish band won 19 per cent of the vote, with Acoustic Ladyland, Deadmau5 and Kasabian in joint second place. So congratulations to Biffy Clyro, and a Happy New Year to everyone who’s clicked onto the site during the past 12 months, whether by accident or not! Here’s to the Teenies…
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.