So having seen what I thought the top 20 Aussie songs for 2011 were, you should probably have a vague idea for what I thought was the Top 10 Albums produced by Australian bands/artists for 2011. I found detailing my top 10 somewhat difficult, largely because a large portion of my favourite albums have been EPs, so I thought I would cover them separately (view here). So what we have here is my top 10 favourite Australian full length albums for 2011
10) Making Mirrors – Gotye. This album has topped so many best of charts, and I admit it is good, but it didn’t do enough to be higher than number 8 for me. Whilst it had a large degree of diversity and was so clever in the beats and notes used, particularly in the hit “Somebody I Used to Know” where they created the ticking of a clock to support the lyrics, it just didn’t hit the spot. I often found myself skipping ahead to the tracks I really enjoyed. Nonetheless, I appreciate the talent Gotye has and really enjoyed half the album (shame I couldn’t buy a select tracks EP).
9) Vacation – Big Scary. What an appropriate title for this album, as it lifts you up and carries you away to greener pastures with every listen. Every song is different, so much so that it makes it difficult to fathom that Big Scary is just two people, Tom Isanek and Jo Syme. Having already gained some attention with their four seasonally inspired EPs, this album seems to draw on their experiences and rise in popularity. The relaxing ‘Falling Away’ is my favourite track off the album,with the more up tempo ‘Mixtape’ running a close second.
8 ) Secret Rituals – The Grates. The vocals of lead singer Patience Hodgson are so unique, and that is part of the reason I love this album. With so many generic bands its nice to hear a band release a new album that is not just generic indie rock. Whilst the band haven’t really progressed too far since they released their first album Gravity Won’t Get You High in 2006, bar the addition of the odd electro beat and synth, they do deliver another solid listen.
7) Like What – Tim and Jean. Although criticized for their lack of lyrical ability, I loved this album. I also saw them live earlier in the year and boy do they put on a show, aesthetically and musically. Tim sports the most amazing mustache, its thick and sexy, whilst I swear he had a perm to get his hair that frizzy. Musically these boys can play, doing the most amazing ‘Jazz’ interlude that made you realize why Tim has a mustache. I’m pretty sure its so you can grab those thick handle bars and ride the elctro synth music till your heart is content. After there amazing performance, I don’t think this album came out of my car for about a month.
6) Requiem – The Getaway Plan. I was a huge fan of the Getaway Plan’s first album, ‘Other Voice’s Other Rooms’, and when I heard they broke up I was devastated. Luckily after about a two year hiatus the boys returned with a stomping sophomore rock album. It is well layered mixing emotive lyrics, heavy drumming and hard-hitting guitar rifts, all represented in the first single off the album “Reckoning”.