Friday, December 9

Albums Of 2011 - No. 10 to No. 1

1. Coldplay 'Mylo Xyloto' -
The happiest these have ever sounded results in yet another remarkable album, inhabited with fervency, bald-faced pop and one typically heartening concept.

2. Beirut 'The Rip Tide' -
Stupendous effort from Zach Condon and his reliable trumpet. Rest of world music, over to you.

3. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' -
Who needs a lairy front when the songs are this sturdy? So worth the wait.

4. Bombay Bicycle Club 'A Different Kind of Fix' -
Accomplished, thoughtful indie from the most exciting band on the planet.

5. Elbow 'Build a Rocket Boys!' -
Pressure? What pressure? Guy Garvey's men prosper under that Mercury win with this.

6. Bon Iver 'Bon Iver' -
Loaded, wholehearted harmonies make for the year's most life-affirming album.

7. Chapel Club 'Palace' -
Pure proof that bands with no strings can still make the grade.

8. Lykke Li 'Wounded Rhymes' -
Kooky silk-pop but with the choons to match. Lady who?

9. Yuck 'Yuck' -
Loud-quiet schmaltz makes one heck of a comeback. So out-of-place, it's refreshing.

10. Blink-182 'Neighborhoods' -
Not quite the masterpiece we craved, but very nearly.