Happy New Year to you! I sound like my mother here but 2011 FLEW by & was a whirlwind full of crazy, mad & good things. Especially a great year for new music. I mean a GREAT year for WOMEN in music too. So here are some of my favourite artist releases from 2011 in no particular order.
PJ HARVEY - LET ENGLAND SHAKE
I love the PEEJ and this album has a lot of play this past year. Its kinda an album of protest songs which can come across as terribly earnest but PJ Harvey pulls it off with patriotic power & brilliance.
KATE BUSH - 50 WORDS FOR SNOW
Hello Kate where have you been? I love you and listen to you so much especially when I am alone in the house and tipsy on the wines. My GF and I invented a Metal Kate Bush choreographed dance one night at the Green Room in Melbourne that is how much you are adored in my circle. Only Kate Bush could pull off a concept album about a snowman. Her weird winter wonderland is dedicated to Misty the slowly dissolving snowman. Check it out.....
LYKKE LI - WOUNDED RHYMES
For the fans of girl group garage we have the fabulous Lykke Li with 60s doo wop that thumps! Great to dance to, to drink to, to sit to.
KIMBRA - VOWS
Putting aside that she is a Kiwi (like me) and also had a smash hit with Gotye, Kimbra is sex & sass in a camp Kylie way and I think I have a girl crush on her. And I love those girly girl outfits in the "Cameo Lover" vid.
LADY GAGA - BORN THIS WAY
Lady Gaga is one crazy lady. I love her creativity & madness & (some) of her anthemic prose. Her costumes and contorted make up is the bomb. She poops all over Madonna who was still working at Dunkin Donuts age 25 yrs. I love her Marilyn Zombie ensemble for the 2011 Grammys duetting with country singer Sugarlady and drumming away on a grand piano. Classy!
BJORK - BIOPHILIA
Always pushing the boundaries, the year in music wouldn't be complete without mentioning Bjorks "scientific musical". Most of the tracks are WAY out there with crazy break beats but I do like "Moon" and the Gondry video that goes with it especially as she is playing a harp which doubles as an accessory belt. Coooool.