2011: My Favourite Albums

She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas

When I found out She & Him were going to be releasing a new album this year I was excited. The album is an unbelievable record and got me in the Christmas mood immediately after I got it in October. Zooey Deschanel has a perfect voice, there’s no other way to describe it, and coupled with the musical genius of M. Ward they were going to produce something magical. And they have. Consisting entirely of Christmas covers, they make each track their own from the wonderful Sleight Ride to the beautifully warm Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Some tracks I hadn’t heard before and I’m grateful they’ve made me aware of them, but their versions will always be the standard versions for me from now on.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator

Being a fan of both The Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi, I was excited to hear that they were teaming up for an album. As husband and wife they have been touring for a number of years as Soul Stew Revival but this is the first time they have come together to write originals, and I’m glad they did. The feel of the band reminds me a lot of Delaney and Bonnie where the aim was to make fantastic music. It’s a great album which had me hooked for months non-stop. Both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are two of the best at what they do in the entire world and this album really doesn’t disappoint. Recorded at their home studio in Jacksonville, Florida, the album contains blues, soul, indian flavours and rock. It’s wonderful.

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with their previous two albums, In Your Honour and Silence, Echo, Patience & Grace. After the fantastic One By One, I felt the band went downhill a little and turned into a stadium rock band. Their sound was different and they lost that Foo Fighters feel that we all know and love. But with this album they returned to their roots and came out with material as catchy as their mid-late 90’s period. It’s a great album.

Tristen – Charlatans At The Garden Gate

What a wonderful debut album. I came across the single Baby Drugs online and from there I branched out and discovered an album was being released. I had to have it imported from America as there were no copies here in the UK but that adds to it somehow. It’s nice knowing I have an album by an artist that you can’t get here in the UK, it’s special to me. Something I want to hold on to. The album is unbelievably refreshing to listen to and I definitely recommend it.

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