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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Noel Gallagher Flying High in Daily Star's Albums of the Year List
Top bands returned stronger than ever, Noel Gallagher proved he was right to quit Oasis, Katy B threw new life into pop and Adele had the highest sales of the century.
So narrowing them down was tricky – but here’s who made Playlist’s Top 10...
1 KATY B, On A Mission
THE singer who made dubstep understandable for the charts, who made the most inventive pop tunes for years and who made sure every song on her album was worthy of being a single....
A very modern star, Katy is way more credibly independent than most women who just pay lip service to girl power.
PJ Harvey is great, but this is a truly cutting-edge album that should have won the Mercury Prize.
2 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, Ceremonials
WITH that distinctive voice, it was difficult to see how Florence could develop her style after the impact of her Lungs debut.
But it turned out there was nothing to fret over.
When she wasn’t storming it on the dancefloor, she was creeping everyone out with spooky goth anthems or trying to create an entire West End musical in four minute tunes.
Further proof that Florence, 25, is the UK’s most interesting pop star and deserves our runner-up spot.
3 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
BY the end of Oasis, Noel had become a joke for saying each new album was “our best since Morning Glory”. Well, this right here was the album that lived up to that boast.
Finally, Noel, 44, was having fun again, whether it was trumpet sambas or cutting an unexpectedly dignified sound for the clubs.
Full of warm, funny tunes, the only question it left unanswered was who the ruddy hell his High Fying Birds were meant to be.
4 KASABIAN: Velociraptor!
IN yet another year when most of their peers struggled to get near the charts, Tom Meighan, and Serge Pizzorno, both 30, succeeded by making their tunes as bulletproof as possible.
Mixing their sound up more than ever, Goodbye Kiss was their first big ballad while I Hear Voices was a demented take on ’80s synths.
It was another statement of intent from our most reliably epic festival headliners.
5 COLDPLAY: Mylo Xyloto
WHEN it emerged they were being influenced by New York street art and Chris Martin’s friendship with Jay-Z, a nation cringed at the thought of the Fix You mob going hip-hop.
Thankfully Chris, 34, is too bright to pretend to be street, instead putting his powerhouse tones over subtle tunes.
Most bands this big stop being relevant. Not Coldplay. Their Rihanna duet Princess Of China was the RiRi’s best tune all year.
6 ADELE: 21
THERE’S a reason virtually everyone in the country owns this record: it’s one of the few so strong that yer gran loves it as much as the hipsters.
Few albums have one song as epic as Someone Like You but Adele, 23, casually kept equally great tunes Set Fire To The Rain and Rolling In The Deep coming.
I hope Adele can overcome her vocal problems to make another album anything like this stunning.
7 GNICOLA ROBERTS: Cinderella’s Eyes
WOW. Talk about “It’s always the quiet ones” – it turns out Girls Aloud’s silent star was plotting how to make the year’s craziest, most psychedelic dance album.
The wildest disco this side of Goldfrapp, Nicola, 26, made Florence And The Machine sound as normal as Leona Lewis, 26, with her futuristic beats. Better still, there was always a walloping big pop tune underneath the effects.
8 METRONOMY: The English Riviera
SO many bands who use cutting-edge synths are more concerned with sounding cool than making tunes to dance to.
Not this lot – this is good fun first, trendy second and full of catchy new tricks with every play.
9 WOLF GANG: Suego Faults
A WILDLY entertaining nutter, Wolf Gang is London singer-songwriter Max McElligott, who really should be more famous by now.
His skyscraping ambition and grand scope of his songs suggest he could write an opera if he felt like it. Max could have been a pretentious berk, but he’s too much in love with classic pop to fall fl at. Join his gang.
10 LAURA MARLING: A Creature I Don’t Know
THIS is the ex-Mumford And Sons star’s third fascinating album, and she’s still only 21. She’s moved from folk into commercial country without losing any of her eerie power.
via L4e / source: dailystar.uk.com
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