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The 30 best albums of the year so far

You know the score as I’ve done this in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Here’s a rundown of the 30 albums which have impressed me the most over the first six months of this year. Yes, folks, it’s a list. Some …

Tue, Jun 28, 2011, 09:32

   

You know the score as I’ve done this in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Here’s a rundown of the 30 albums which have impressed me the most over the first six months of this year. Yes, folks, it’s a list.

Some notes before you dive in and get listing: I reckon if this list was compiled a fortnight from now, I might well be finding room for Gillian Welch, Tieranniesaur, DJ Quik, B-Movie Lighting and Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer, as all of these albums have arrived in the last couple of days and come highly recommended. Albums are in no particular order, bar the first three on the list. Links provided to reviews and interviews which I’ve done for The Ticket.

Nicolas Jaar “Space Is Only Noise” (Circus Company) (review)
Tune-Yards “Whokill” (4AD) (review, interview)
Adele “21″ (XL)
SBTRKT “SBTRKT” (Young Turks)
James Blake “James Blake” (Atlas) (review, interview)
The Middle East “I Want That You Are Always Happy” (PIAS) (review)
Lykke Li “Wounded Rhymes” (LL)
PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (Island)
Shabazz Palaces “Black Up” (Sub Pop) (review)
Anna Calvi “Anna Calvi” (Domino) (review)
Braids “Native Speaker” (Kanine) (review)
Beastie Boys “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2″ (Parlophone) (review)
Paul Simon “So Beautiful Or So What” (Decca)
Friendly Fires “Pala” (XL) (interview)
Mark E “Stone Breaker” (Ghostly International)
Holy Ghost! “Holy Ghost!” (DFA) (review, interview)
Belles Will Ring “Crystal Theatre” (Dot Dash)
White Denim “D” (Downtown) (review)
Cashier No 9 “To the Death Of Fun” (Bella Union)
Cloud Control “Bliss Release” (Infectious) (review)
Metronomy “The English Riviera” (Because) (review)
Jamie Woon “Mirrorwriting” (Polydor) (review)
Charles Bradley “No Time For Dreaming” (Dunham) (review, interview)
Bon Iver “Bon Iver” (4AD)
TV On the Radio “Nine Types of Light” (Interscope)
Dutch Uncles “Cadenza” (Memphis Industries)
The Unthanks “Last” (EMI)
Dels “Gob” (Big Dada) (review)
Tyler, the Creator “Goblin” (XL)
Julianna Barwick “The Magic Place” (Asthmatic Kitty) (review)

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