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Clean Slate Music Albums of the Year: 24-15

Clean Slate Music Albums of 2011: 24-15

The list continues:

24. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

A solid album with the magic Coldplay touch.  But the same problem exists here as in their last 3 albums nothing is as good as on their first 2 albums.

23. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

This one would probably have been higher if I had listened to it more.  A great album and deserving of the Mercury Music Prize looking at what the other nominees produced.

22. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

As above, would have been higher if it’d been given more of a listen, but other albums edged this one out in terms of listenability.

21. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

Saw these guys in May supporting the Manics in Cardiff.  They make a great racket, slightly clichéd live show with the instrument smashing etc (how 1992) Have a feeling the bands second album will be sensational.

20. Guillemots – Walk The River

It didn’t have the energy of Red, but it added a new dimension to the Guillemots.  And let’s face it not many singers in the UK can match Fyfe Dangerfield’s beautiful tones.

19. The Black Keys – El Camino

It’s only just out and for this keeps it lower down the order, but The Black Keys just know how to deliver.  It’s a bit poppier than the dirty blues soaked Brothers but still as infectious as ever.

18. Noel Gallagher – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The album we all wanted from the Chief.  Some complain that it sounds like Oasis, but why wouldn’t it, as NG penned all the songs that matter for them.  He’s not going to change his style to go solo.

17. New Found Glory – Radiosurgery

The Florida pop punk quintet return once again to show the world how it’s done.  Keeping the same formula as Not Without A Fight in returning to their core sound there are no real surprises here, but it’s still a gem of an album.

16. Adele – 21

There’s no denying Adele’s second album was an absolute triumph.  Some will hate her just because she’s popular, but what a voice and she seems to have found her true sound.

15. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

Devon’s own Ben Howard delivered a great debut, full of many familiar songs if you’ve seen him over the past 2 years.  If the size of venue for his next tour is anything to go by, people are loving his work.