And then there were ten…Albums 15-11

I decided to take the first five of the fifteen in one go and will be naming numbers ten to six on Boxing Day too, before giving you the top five, day by day, finishing with the best album of 2011 on New Year’s Eve.

Although it ‘s hard to say goodbye to these five already, decisions have to be made and better albums have to take their place in the higher spots. I give you albums 15-11.

15. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)

Punchy and harsh, this one, a very interesting album from a very interesting lady. I found it quite difficult in the beginning but it is a grower and several tracks are real classics.

14. John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (Upset the Rhythm)

This is one of those albums that just jumps out at you. A little reminiscent of the Martin Grech début a few years ago it’s got a style that forces you to listen and make sense of the chaos it delivers. Needs listening to when you have the time to appreciate it.

13. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop)

Of course those familiar with Dinosaur Jr, know that their former lead singer, J Mascis, has a cracking voice. However, like me, they may not have been expecting such a wonderful acoustic album. This one’s a keeper!

12. Deadmau5 – 4×4=12 (Ultra Music)

Definitely not my usual fare and I surprised myself by placing it so high. It’s a powerhouse of an album with block rockin’ beats and some cool electronica to boot. I’m impressed it made it this high, whilst Maddoc will be gutted to find that his number one album of the year ranks so low for me…

11. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)

I was expecting a great album, as I’ve been impressed with the earlier releases but I’m not so sure I was expecting it to be this high in the ranking, just missing out on the top ten…

M83’s albums are like soundtracks for dreams and this one went one stage further and gave us the dreams in the concept and title. Nice one that man!

Have a lovely Christmas and look out for the next instalment on Boxing Day!


About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press and editor-in-chief for review site, Beyond Fiction. Also cycles, plays floorball, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

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