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
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