Fireworks: Albums of 2011 (Part Two)

So after the mismatched albums of yesterday, there’s a moderate theme for this morning. One person and a guitar. Three brilliant british artists in today’s segment of the list, some more deserving than others.

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
First up comes new boy Ben Howard with his debut, Every Kingdom. When you’ve written tracks as good as The Wolves and Old Pine, you have to be included in lists like this. The original ten-track record is absolutely gorgeous with a series of 4-5minute tracks enough to make every other singer songwriter feel incredibly boring and regardless of the whole “posh boys with guitars” stigma, it’s good to have such a fantastic musician have such prominence. That said, fuck the stupidly long version on Spotify. LIVE SESSION FEATURING THE ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
I’ll be honest, before this, I’d not given a huge amount of time to Marling. I knew she was a lovely singer songwriter and that I enjoyed little spells of listening to, but I didn’t realise exactly how lovely. Musically it’s possibly her strongest album to date, let down only by the persona created within. It’s difficult to relate to such a character, displaying more of Marling’s literary knowledge than lyrical depth. Still, who complains if someone’s well read? STREAM HERE

Frank Turner – England, Keep my Bones
See, I have an issue here. As one of my favourite artists, I feel compelled to include Frank Turner’s record in this list. It is however his weakest record to date. The redeeming point comes however in that even at his weakest (Rivers, English Curse, etc), there’s the likes of Eulogy. It’s one of the best album openers in a long time, by anyone and it’s followed throughout by the likes of Peggy Sang the Blues and If I Ever Stray. Even at his worst, Frank’s broken through and deserves the plaudit’s he’s now getting. STREAM HERE

Come back this evening for another trio of albums
Take care of each other
Braden

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