I am an artist at creating a great Top 25 list. All positions on that list is important, but certain slots are earmarked for certain purposes. The top is of course reserved for the absolute best, most interesting, inovative, album released in the past year. That is, unless you are a fuckin’ coward and you use your top spot on a safe, unobjectionable one, like “Revolver” or “Dark side of the moon” or something “safe” like that.
When we do a collective list, like we’ve done here at Johanna’s Visions it is a matter of compromise and hard bargaining, you lose some and you win some positions.
These are the 25 chosen albums from 2011. The list is a collaboration between Egil and Hallgeir, and has been decided through discussion and mathematics. The Math have had second place, our feelings comes first. We both presented our individual lists as a starting point, the result is the list we present here, the best list of the best albums from a good year!
Click on the album cover or the link to get our descriptions of the album and a list of our chosen tracks for each record.
Such is the music of the Franz Family. Equipped with charming musical abilities and a desire to share the love, they’ve kept the melodies flowing since 1991. Growing up on the stage of Branson, Missouri, the Franz Family learned the marks of the trade at an early age. Holding to a firm belief in hardcore goodness of music, the Franz’s work hard to bring you gospel music in a unique fashion. With roots dipped in bluegrass, they’ve expanded their style with touches of jazzy blues and acoustic pop. In a collection of traditional and original tunes, they’ve collided the worlds of yesterday and today with agreeable taste.
One of my new favourite bands, The Civil Wars has, in addition to releasing one of the best albums this year, done some very good cover versions. They do the songs quite different from the originals and they add something new to the songs, as cover versions should do. I have picked some of my favourites from the last year, they are really great, enjoy:
I want you back:
Dance me to the end of love:
You are my sunshine:
Billy Jean (From Later with Jools Holland, BBC):
A folk-pop duo made up of guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams, the Civil Wars made a quick name for themselves with the release of a digital album, Live at Eddie’s Attic, in 2009. The Poison & Wine EP followed later that year, and the duo partnered up with producer Charlie Peacock to begin recording a full-length album in 2010. The result, Barton Hollow, was released in February 2011, topping the iTunes charts and cracking Billboard’s Top 20 during its first week.
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1. Visions Of Johanna
2. Like A Rolling Stone
3. Tangled Up in Blue
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. Blind Willie McTell (electric version)
7. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
8. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
9. Desolation Row
10. Idiot Wind (New York version)