Album #1: Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
I’ve been a PJ Harvey fan for a long time and have loved nearly everything she’s done. But if you had told me in January that her record would be my favourite album in a year when Radiohead released a record, there’s no way I would have believed you or your hitler hairdo. But Let England Shake is such a brilliant record that it kind of forced its way here. In a year when some have argued there were no “important” albums, Let England Shake certainly comes closes. Documenting the horrors of war and the darkest side of humanity doesn’t make for easy listening but I find it to be essential listening. I pushed this album on more people than any other record this year and I will continue to do so in 2012. Just a stunning achievement from PJ Harvey.
Song #1: Bloom by Radiohead
Radiohead’s consolation prize (but I really do love this song). Floating in the ocean bloom never sounded so good. The song’s final movement was my very favourite piece of music in 2011.
So that’s it for 2011! The blog is totally fucked at the moment so finding permalinks to any of these is a lost cause at the moment but other than the technical issues I really enjoyed doing this list this year. Probably more than any other year, actually. I guess not writing much here in 2011 meant I had a backlog my brain needed to unload into the ether where it will float around bumping against all the other nonsense. I hope you have a merry Christmas (if that’s your thing) and a very safe New Year.
—> See the rest of the 25 For 2011 List here.