Sunday, December 18, 2011
Albums Of The Year Part 2....
Kenny Anderson's recordings were given new life in 2011 thanks to lush, fresh and flourishing ambient instrumentation of producer Jon Hopkins. Simple songs, beautiful production, understated and subtle throughout. Diamond Mine will stand the test of time like all good well crafted music does. It is a very short album but is reflective, at times poignant and very unique.
I have had a look at all the year end lists and they all seem to have one glaring omission in the shape of Ersatz GB . It may not be a This Nation's Saving Grace or a Perverted By Language but Ersatz GB still trumps most records released this year. Ersatz GB is Smith's 29th studio album, and while not necessarily his best, it certainly demonstrates that his appetite for creating angry, angular, wonderfully warped state-of-the-nation addresses is hardly diminished.
When it came out in February I failed to see what all the fuss was surrounding Let England Shake. I didn't really pay it mush attention until a few weeks ago and will gladly admit to being so wrong. It is an album of outstanding quality and variation with songs that are sparse with powerful lyrics describing the horrors of war from the perspective of the young soldiers who are slaughtered in them. Passionate, thought provoking and clearly a labour of love Let England Shake is a is a sublime piece of work that fully deserves the praise that has been heaped upon it this year.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Bats In The Attic