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Listomania: The Ticket music writers’ lists of stuff from 2011

It’s the longest list post of the year, list fans. When Pope Gregory XIII came up with the aul’ Gregorgian calendar back in 1582, he didn’t realise we’d be using it centuries later to put a top and a tail …

Mon, Dec 12, 2011, 09:35


It’s the longest list post of the year, list fans. When Pope Gregory XIII came up with the aul’ Gregorgian calendar back in 1582, he didn’t realise we’d be using it centuries later to put a top and a tail on the albums, tracks and gigs released in a 12 month period. While there are some dissenters – Donald Clarke was huffing and puffing at the weekend about lists (though that didn’t stop him listing his own top 10 albums for 2011), while Laura Barton in the Guardian thinks we’re better off listening to bands covering the Stereophonics in a pub than making lists – we here at OTR think these lists are a fabulous idea, if only because it neatly ties the year together and we can get on with listening to new music again.

After the jump, you will find my Top 30 albums for 2011. You will also find the tracks, Irish bands and breakthrough acts of 2011 as voted for by me and Ticket rock/pop writers Lauren Murphy, Tony Clayton-Lea, Sinead Gleeson, Brian Boyd and Ailbhe Malone. These selections were the basis for the shortlists for The Ticket Awards, which were voted on by readers and the results of which will be revealed in The Ticket next Friday (December 16).


Albums of the year

(1) Nicolas Jaar “Space Is Only Noise” (Circus Company)
(2) Tune-Yards “Whokill” (4AD)
(3) Adele “21” (XL)
(4) PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (Island)
(5) Shabazz Palaces “Black Up” (Sub Pop)
(6) Tieranniesaur “Tieranniesaur” (Popical Island)
(7) SBTRKT “SBTRKT” (Young Turks)
(8) Active Child “You Are All I See” (Vagrant)
(9) Paul Simon “So Beautiful Or So What” (Decca)
(10) James Blake “James Blake” (Atlas)
(11) Wild Flag “Wild Flag” (Wichita)
(12) Frank Ocean “Nostalgia, Ultra” (Self release)
(13) We Cut Corners “Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards” (Delphi)
(14) The War On Drugs “Slave Ambient” (Secretly Canadian)
(15) Keith Jarrett “Rio” (ECM)
(16) Mark E “Stone Breaker” (Ghostly International)
(17) Metronomy “The English Riviera” (Because)
(18) Braids “Native Speaker” (Kanine)
(19) Cloud Control “Bliss Release” (Infectious)
(20) Land Lovers “Confidants” (Popical Island)
(21) Azari & III “Azari & III” (Loose Lips)
(22) White Denim “D” (Downtown)
(23) Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx “We’re New Here” (XL)
(24) Clams Casino “Instrumentals” (Type)
(25) Anna Calvi “Anna Calvi” (Domino)
(26) Lykke Li “Wounded Rhymes” (LL)
(27) Julianna Barwick “The Magic Place” (Asthmatic Kitty)
(28) Charles Bradley “No Time For Dreaming” (Dunham)
(29) Holy Ghost! “Holy Ghost!” (DFA)
(30) The Weeknd “House Of Balloons” (Self release)

Tracks of the year

(1) Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
(2) Azealia Banks “212”
(3) Wild Flag “Romance”
(4) Joe Goddard “Gabriel”
(5) The Jezabels “Endless Summer”
(6) Tieranniesaur “Rockblocker”
(7) Gross Magic “Sweetest Touch”
(8) Cashier No 9 “Goldstar”
(9) Funeral Suits “Colour Fade”
(10) Blawan “What You Do With What You Have”

Breakthrough act of the year

(1) The Jezabels
(2) The War On Drugs
(3) We Cut Corners
(4) Lana Del Rey
(5) Clock Opera

Irish act of the year

(1) Tieranniesaur
(2) Moths
(3) We Cut Corners
(4) Land Lovers
(5) Toby Kaar



(1) Wild Beasts “Smother” (Domino)
(2) Gillian Welch “The Harrow & the Harvest” (Acony)
(3) Laura Marling “A Creature I Don’t Know” (Parlophone)
(4) PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (Island)
(5) Arctic Monkeys “Suck It and See” (Domino)
(6) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine” (Double Six)
(7) Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (Bella Union)
(8) Cashier No. 9 “To the Death of Fun” (Bella Union)
(9) Yuck “Yuck” (Mercury)
(10) Elbow “Build a Rocket Boys!” (Fiction)


(1) Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks “Tigers”
(2) My Morning Jacket “Holding on to Black Metal”
(3) Wild Beasts “Bed of Nails”
(4) Metronomy “The Look”
(5) Nicola Roberts “I”
(6) Fleet Foxes “Sim Sala Bim”
(7) Arctic Monkeys “She’s Thunderstorms”
(8) Squarehead “Save Yourself”
(9) Yuck “Get Away”
(10) PJ Harvey “The Words That Maketh Murder”

Breakthrough act

(1) We Are Losers
(2) Yuck
(3) We Cut Corners
(4) James Blake
(5) Odd Future

Irish act

(1) Cashier No. 9
(2) Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands
(3) Squarehead
(4) Jape
(5) Fionn Regan



(1) Adele “21” (XL)
(2) Ron Sexsmith “Long Player Late Bloomer” (Cooking Vinyl)
(3) Cashier No 9 “To The Death Of Fun” (Bella Union)
(4) Washed Out “Within & Without” (Weird World)
(5) Land Lovers “Confidents” (Popical Island)
(6) Lisa Hannigan “Passenger” (Hoop)
(7) The War On Drugs “Slave Ambient” (Secrely Canadian)
(8) Fountains of Wayne “Sky Full Of Holes” (Yep Roc)
(9) Yeh Deadlies “The First Book of Lessons” (Popical Island)
(10) Cat’s Eyes “Cat’s Eyes” (Polydor)


(1) Adele “Someone Like You”
(2) Fountains Of Wayne “Richie & Rueben”
(3) Jessie J “Price Tag”
(4) Arctic Monkeys “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”
(5) Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
(6) Gavin Friday “The Sun & the Moon & the Stars”
(7) Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
(8) Rihanna “Cheers (Drink To That)”
(9) Snow Patrol “New York”
(10) Laura Marling “Don’t Ask Me Why”

Breakthrough act

(1) Land Lovers
(2) Washed Out
(3) Ed Sheeran
(4) Jessie J
(5) Sleep Thieves

Irish act

(1) Cashier No 9
(2) Lisa Hannigan
(3) Yeh Deadlies
(4) Snow Patrol
(5) Seeping Into Cinemas



(1) PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (Island)
(2) Tune-Yards “Whokill” (4AD)
(3) James Blake “James Blake” (Atlas)
(4) St. Vincent “Strange Mercy” (4AD)
(5) Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (Bella Union)
(6) Bon Iver “Bon Iver” (4AD)
(7) Friendly Fires “Pala” (XL)
(8) Wild Beasts “Smother” (Domino)
(9) Apparat “The Devil’s Void” (Mute)
(10) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine” (Double Six)


(1) Tuneyards “My Country”
(2) Jape “Scorpio”
(3) Bibio “K is for Kelson”
(4) Mirrors “Ways to an End”
(5) Land Lovers “Confidants”
(6) Factory Floor “Two Different Ways”
(7) Wu Lyf “Dirt”
(8) Tom Waits “Hell Broke Luce”
(9) Beirut “Santa Fe”
(10) Lisa Hannigan “Knots”

Breakthrough act

(1) Cults
(2) The Driftwood Manor
(4) Little Green Cars
(5) Wu Lyf

Irish act

(1) And So I Watch You From Afar
(2) Squarehead
(3) Owensie
(4) Jape
(5) Laura Sheeran



(1) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine” (Double Six)
(2) Eddie Vedder “Ukulele Songs” (Monkeywrench)
(3) Elbow “Build A Rocket Boys!” (Fiction)
(4) Beach Boys “Smile” (Capitol)
(5) Bon Iver “Bon Iver” (4AD)
(6) PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (Island)
(7) Gillian Welch “The Harrow And The Harvest”
(8) Lykke Li “Wounded Rymes” (LL)
(9) Various “The Trojan Records Story” (Trojan)
(10) Kanye West/Jay-Z “Watch The Throne” (Roc-A-Fella)


(1) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Bubble”
(2) Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
(3) The Belle Brigade “Losers”
(4) Tennis “Marathon”
(5) The Decemberists “Down By The Water”
(6) Iron And Wine “Tree By The River”
(7) Elbow “The Night Will Always Win”
(8) Kurt Vile “Jesus Fever”
(9) Lykke Li “Love Out Of Lust”
(10) Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”

Breakthrough act

(1) Belle Brigade
(2) Emeli Sande
(3) Youth Lagoon
(4) First Aid Kit
(5) King Krule

Irish act

(1) We Cut Corners
(2) Bear Bones
(3) Future Dreams
(4) Barry McCormack
(5) Original Rudeboys



(1) Metronomy “The English Riviera” (Because)
(2) Patrick Wolf “Lupercalia” (Hideout)
(3) Tieranniesaur “Tieranniesaur” (Popical Island)
(4) Slow Club “Paradise” (Moshi Moshi)
(5) Tuneyards “Whokill” (4AD)
(6) Nicola Roberts “Cinderella’s Eyes” (Polydor)
(7) Beyonce “4” (Columbia)
(8) Katy B “On A Mission” (Rinse)
(9) Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (interscope)
(10) Class Actress “Rapprocher” (Carpark)


(1) Beyonce “1 +1”
(2) Kreayshawn “Gucci Gucci”
(3) Drake “Marvin”s Room”
(4) Joe Goddard- “Gabriel”
(5) Selena Gomez -”Love you Like a Love Song”
(6) Metronomy “The Bay”
(7) Patrick Wolf “The City”
(8) Robyn “Call Your Girlfriend”
(9) Nicola Roberts “Beat of My Drum”
(10) Katy B “Broken Record

Breakthrough act

(1) Tieranniesaur
(2) Emeli Sande
(3) Alex Winston
(4) Lana Del Ray

Irish act

(1) Tieranniesaur
(2) Lisa Hannigan
(3) Lecs Luther
(4) Patrick Kelleher
(5) Angkorwat

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