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2011 End Of Year Lists Now Being Added

Included on this page are selections that have been favourably reviewed in some or all of the following publications NME, Q and Uncut plus any other publication that catches my eye in the newsagent from time to time.

The Year So Far Archive

2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

In The Shops Soon (UK)


La Roux
Paul Weller
The Big Pink
The Ting Tings


Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Bruce Springsteen - The Promise
Ryan Adams - III/IV
British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
Anna Calv - Anna Calvi
White Lies - Ritual
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
Wire - Red Barked Tree

James Blake

James Blake - James Bake
Chapel Club - Palace


Jonny - Jonny (Teenage Fanclub Vs Gorky's Zygotic Mynci!)
The Streets - Computers & Blues
Bright Eyes - The Peoples Key

Hotel Shampoo

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake


Radiohead - King Of Limbs
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger
The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - We're New Here
Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding
Lucinda Williams - Blessed

Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Yuck - Yuck
R.E.M. - Collaps Into Now
Erland & The Carnival - Nightingale


Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
Josh T Peterson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
The Naked And The Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Strokes - Angles
The Unthanks - Last
Noha & The Whale - Last Night On Earth
Hunx And His Punx - Too Young To Be In Love
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What

Panda Bear

Panda Bear - Tomboy
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Low - C'Mon
Metronomy - The English Riviera
Glasvegas - Euphoric///Heartbreak\\\

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light/Medium Rare
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
Fleet Foxes - Helpless Blues
Kate Bush - The Directors Cut
Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2
Dangermouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome
Friendly Fires - Pala
Austra - Feel It Back
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blond
Wild Beasts - Smother
Miles Kane - Colour Of Ther Trap

Bon Iver
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Cults - Cults
White Denim - D
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Neil Young - A Treasure
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
Battles - Gloss Drop
Tom Vec - Leisure Seizure
Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia

Foster The People

Foster The People - Torches
The Horrors - Skying
Kaiser Chiefs - The Future Is Medieval
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
The Rapture - In The Grace Of Your Love
Blood Orange - Coastal Grooves
Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Fools's Gold - Leave No Trace

Baxter Dury

Baxter Dury - Happy Soup
Tinariwen - Tassili
Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
The Drums - Portamento
Grouplove - Never Trust A Happy Song
Iceage - New Brigade
S.C.U.M. - Again Into Eyes
Bjork - Biophilia
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Kasabian - Velociraptor!
St Vincent - Strange Mercy

Tom Waits

Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Babybird - The Pleasures Of Self Destruction
Peter Gabriel - New Blood
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Radiohead - TKOL RMX
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds....
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Wilco - The Whole Love
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Wolfroy Goes To Town
DJ Shadow - The Less You Know The Better
Lisa Hannigan - Passenger
Florance & The Machine - Cermomonials
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
Summer Camp - Welcome To Condale
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
Atlas Sound - Parallax
The Fall - Eratz G.B.
Les Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
The Black Keys - El Camino
Gotye - Making Mirrors

Re Issues/Compilations

The Jam - Sound Affects [Deluxe Edition]
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run [Deluxe Edition]
Elvis Costello - Pomp & Pout: The Universal Years
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Nick Lowe - Labour Of Lust
Steve Miller Band - Book Of Dreams
Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age (1st Album)
Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die [Deluxe Edition]
Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous [Deluxe Edition]
Queen - 1st 5 Albums
Derek & The Dominoes - Layla & Other assorted Love Songs [Deluxe Edition]
Morrissey - The Verry Best Of....
Mercury Rev - Deserters Songs
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live At The Main Point 1975
Paul McCartney - McCartney/McCartney II
Suede - Suede/Dog Man Star/Coming Up
Ace - Five-A-Side/Time For Another
Various Artists - Rave On Buddy Holly
Grandaddy - The Sophtwere Slump: Deluxe Edition
Linx - Intuition
Nirvana - Nevermind [Deluxe Edition]
Manic Street Preachers - National Treasures
Rockpile - Live In Montreux 1980
The Beach Boys - Smile [BOX]
Paul Simon - Gracelands + Reissues
U2 - Achtung Baby - 20th Anniversary Edition
The Smiths - Complete [Box]
Pink Floyd - Discovery [Box]
R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Truth, Part Garbage - 1982-2011
Can - Tago Mago [40th   Anniversary Edition]
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls [Deluxe Edition]
The Who - Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition]



Kings Of Leon - Pyro
Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices
R.E.M. - Oh My Heart
The Dears - Blood
Elbow - Lippy Kids (Live In Studio)
White Lies - Bigger Than Us
Wire - Adapt
Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know
Beady Eye - All You Need Is Love VS Instant Kama..... er..The Roller
Elbow - Neat Little Rows
Bright Eyes - Shell Games
P J Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
The Vaccines - Post Break-up Sex
Chapel Club - Surfacing
The Strokes - Undercover Of Darkness
Noah & The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Kanye West - All Of The Lights
Sleigh Bells - Riot Rhythm
Arcade Fire - City With No Children
Deerhoof - Super Duper Rescue Heads
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Erland & The Carnival - Map Of An Englishman
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger
Miles Kane - Come Closer
PJ Harvey - Written On The Forehead
Radiohead - Lotus Flower
Foo Fighters - White Limo
Gruff Rhys - Sensations In The Dark
Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Belle & Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
Foo Fighters - Rope
The Strokes - You're So Right
Wild Beasts - Albatross
Art Brut - Unprofessional Wrestling
Alex Turner - Piledriver Waltz
P J Harvey - The Glorious Land
TV On The Radio - Caffeinated Consciousness
White Denim - Anvil Everything
Elbow - Open Arms
Glasvegas - Euphoria, Take My Hand
The Decemberists - Don't Carry It All
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - I'll Take Care Of You
The Naked & The Famous - Young Blood
Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City
Friendly Fires - Live Those Days Tonight
The Joy Formidable - Whirring
Justice - Civilization
Beady Eye - Millionaire
Deerhunter - Memory Boy
Metronomy - The Look
Wild Beasts - Smother
Beady Eye - Across The Universe
Yuck - Get Away
The View - Grace
Gruff Rhys - Honey All Over
Radiohead - The Butcher/Supercollider
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Miles Kane - Rearange
Everything Everything - Final Form
Cats Eyes - Face In The Crowd
Villagers - The Pact (I'll Be There Forever)
Yuck - Milkshake
Foo Fighters - Walk
The Vaccines - All In White
Julian Casablancas - Rave on
New Order - Hellbent
PJ Harvey - Lonely Avenue
Bon Iver - Calgary
Yeasayer - Devil & The Deed
Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me
Kasabian - Switchblade Smiles
Friendly Fires - Hawaiian Air
Jamie XX - Beat For
Morrissey - The Kid's A Looker
Frightened Rabbit - Scottish Wind
Radiohead - Stairway
Tom Vek - A Chore
Frank Turner - Peggy Sang The Blues
The Wombats - Techno Fan
Wild Beasts - Bed Of Nails
Battles - Ice Cream
Metronomy - The Bay
Loudon Wainwright III - My Meds
Dutch Uncles - X-O
Low - Especially Me
Coldplay - Major Minus
Chapel Club - Blind
The Joy Formidable - A Heavy Abacus
The Horrors - Still Life
The Strokes - Macchu Picchu
Glasvegas - Shine Like Stars
Miles Kane - Inhaler
British Sea Power - Georgie Bay
Cat's Eyes - Over You
Wild Beasts - Bed Of Nails
Battles Ft. Gary Numan - My Machines
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color The Walls)
Noel Gallagher - The Death Of You And Me
Elbow - Lippy Kids (Single)
Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard
Vaccines - Norgaard
Foo Fighters - Arlandria
Frank Turner - If I Ever Stray
Foster The People - Call It What You Want
Laura Marling - Sophia
Wu Lyf - Brooklyn Girls
Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
Tom Vek - Aroused
Bon Iver - Holocene
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures Of Raindance Maggie
Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangles Shalalala
Kasabian - Days Are Forgotton
Bjork - Virus
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
The Drums - Money
Cults - Go Outside
Miles Kane - Come Closer
Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Niki & The Dove - The Drummer
White Denim - Is And Is And Is
Ryan Adams - Lucky Now
Anna Calvi - Suzanne & I
Warpaint - Billie Holiday
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA... What A Life
Manic Street Preachers - This Is The Day
Florance & The Machine - Shake It Out
Kasabian - Re-Wired
Bombay Bicyle Club - Lights Out, Words Gone
The Drums - How It Ended
Kate Bush - Wild Man
Arctic Monkeys - Evil Twin
St Vincent - She Is Beyond Good & Evil
The Kills - Baby Says
Friendly Fires - Hurting
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Monarchy Of Roses
The Vaccines - Wetsuit
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
Bon Iver - Towers
R.E.M. - We All Go Back To Where We Belong
Frank Turner - Wessex Boy
Ryan Adams - Chains Of Love
Elbow - Dear Friends

NME Singles/Tracks Of The Week



Those Dancing Days - Fuckarias
Glasvegas - The World Is Yours
Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Use Me For What You Want
Lady Gagagagagagagaga - Born This Way
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
The Naked & Famous - The Sun
Arctic Monkeys - Brick By Brick
Wild Flag - Future Games
Justice - Civilization
Cults - You Know What I Mean
The View - I Need That Record
Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved The Chair
Tom Vek - A Chore
Beyonce - Run The World
Santigold Ft. Karen O - Go
Black Lips - Modern Art
Arctic Monkeys - Reckless Serenade
Wu Lyf - Dirt
Arcade Fire - Speaking In Tongues/Culture War
Lil Wayne - How To Love
Bjork - Crystalline
Bombat Bicycle Club - Shuffle
Laura Marling - Night After Night
Zola Jesus - Vessel
The Drums - Money
Black Milk Ft. Jack White - Brain/Royal Mega
Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis
Lana Del Ray - Video Games
Niki & The Dove - Last Night
Martina & The Diamonds - Radioactive
Lady Gagagagagag - You & I (Wild Beast Remix With Extra Bullshit)
James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir
Noel Galagher's High Flying Birds - If I Had A Gun
The Big Pink - Stay Gold
The Joy Formidable - Anemone
Kurt Vile - Life's A Beach
Tribes - Halfway Home
The Vaccines - Tiger Blood
Best Coast / Johnny Marr - In Your Sleep
Azealia Banks & Machinedrum - Barbie Shit/P-U-S-S-Y
Girls - Lawrence
The Maccabees - Pelican
Yuck - Sooth Me
Tribes - Himalaya
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

25 More NME Albums Of 2011 So Far (June 2011)

Alex Turner Submarine EP
Austra, Feel It Break
Battles - Gloss Drop.
Black Lips Arabian Mountain
Bon Iver Bon Iver
Cats Eyes Cats Eyes
Cults Cults
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome
Destroyer Kaputt
EMA Past Life Martyred Saints
Friendly Fires - Pala
Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
John Maus Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of
Kate Bush Directors Cut
Katy B On A Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Metronomy The English Riviera
Radiohead - King Of Limbs
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
The Kills - Blood Pressures
The Strokes - Angles
Tune-yArDs Whokill
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
White Denim D

25 NME Albums Of 2011 So Far (March 2011)

Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi.
Beady Eye - Different Gear - Still Speeding.
Bright Eyes - The Peoples Key.
Diddy - Dirty Money - Last Train To Paris.
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!.
Esben And The Witch - Violet Cries.
Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger.
Glasvegas - Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\.
Gorillaz - The Fall.
Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean.
James Blake - James Blake
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo.
LCD Soundsystem - The London Sessions
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die - But You Will.
Motorhead - The World Is Yours
Noah & The Whale - Last Night On Earth.
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake.
Suuns - Zeroes QC.
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar.
The Naked And Famous - Passive Me - Aggressive You
The Streets - Computers And Blues.
The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?.
Wild Beasts - Smother.
Yuck - Yuck.


Selected Gigs

Friendly Fires - November
Arctic Monkeys/Vaccines - October
Kasabian - Dec
NME Radar Tour - Oct - Wolf Gang, S.C.U.M., Niki & The Dove
Manic Street Preachers - Dec
Beady Eye - November
Noah & The Whale - October
The Darkness - November
The Vaccines - Nov/Dec
Noel Gallagher - Feb 2012
Elvis Costello - May 2012