Top of our 2011 sound­track

South Waikato News notes the best al­bums of the year, which in­cluded Adele turn­ing per­sonal trou­ble into global suc­cess on 21, Florence and the Ma­chine’s arena-sized Cer­e­mo­ni­als to I Am Gi­ant an­nounc­ing them­selves on The Hor­ri­fy­ing Truth

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Adele – 21:

Her sec­ond al­bum, 21, of­fers the same ex­po­sure. This time the ma­te­rial is darker, deeper and more melan­choly. 21 draws heavy in­spi­ra­tion from Mo­town as well as coun­try, blues and rhythm and blues.

I Am Gi­ant – The Hor­ri­fy­ing Truth:

I Am Gi­ant’s most epic mo­ment on here is Let It Go. The song has a strength­en­ing build-up with the tap­ping of the drums and gui­tar mov­ing along­side the lead vo­cals to cul­mi­nate in an un­ruf­fled cho­rus. It’s one of 2011’ s best al­bums and is a colos­sal way to be­gin the legacy of I Am Gi­ant.

No­rah Jones – . . . Fea­tur­ing:

Few can de­liver cafe-style sounds like No­rah Jones. The singer has recorded de­light­ful songs over the last decade. . . .Fea­tur­ing is a com­pi­la­tion al­bum of 18 songs. For the most part . . . Fea­tur­ing is a de­li­cious lis­ten with a di­verse line-up from Outkast to Ray Charles who is heard on Here We Go Again, a soft gospel in­flu­enced song.

Florence and the Ma­chine – Cer­e­mo­ni­als:

Florence’s Cer­e­mo­ni­als ri­vals Adele’s 21. Songs in­clude Shake It and Lover to Lover, she de­liv­ers awe­some­ness time af­ter time. Her voice tow­ers above the choir as it scales the arena’s ceil­ing.

Su­per­heavy – Su­per­heavy:

The de­but of­fers a who’s who in­clud­ing Mick Jag­ger, Damian Mar­ley, Joss Stone and In­dian com­poser A R Rah­man. The al­bum is a whirlpool of hyp­notic funk and ex­otic dance hall.

I Am­giant – The Hor­ri­fy­ing Truth

Adele – 21

Florence and the Ma­chine – Cer­e­mo­ni­als

No­rah Jones – . .. Fea­tur­ing

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