Fireworks: Albums of 2011 (Part Eight)

So the last of the grouped posts is here with a selection of quintessentially British indie. What else?

Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
For their third record, Natw have had another theme change. Gone are the cutesy ukulele days, gone is the beautiful heartbreak of First Days… and now comes the sheened up radio-friendly model of Charlie Fink and co. Just because you’re radio playable however, doesn’t mean you have to be bad! L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. may have bored you to death should you be a BBC Radio fan, but to me, it’s still got so much beauty behind it, as do Give it All Back and Waiting For My Chance… It’s classic cinema in an album and I love that. STREAM HERE

Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
There’s been a bit of a theme this year and I’m not sure I’m especially fond. Fantastic bands making albums not as good as their best but still being pretty great. It happened to Frank Turner, Metronomy and Foo Fighters and I fear it’s happened to Los Campesinos!
Hello Sadness is LC!’s most grown up record to date, but it’s lost them some energy. Whilst revitalising their sets with new material, it’s taken something away that I’m not sure will ever come back. That said, the opening trio of tracks could be three of their strongest yet. STREAM HERE

Bombay Bicycle Club- A Different Kind of Fix
After Flaws, Jack Steadman and company must have been eager to pick up guitars again, and thank God for that. What they’ve created is a semi-acoustic group of tracks that each combine to produce a record just as strong as I Had The Blues. Lucy Rose provides co-vocals for eight tracks, which adds yet another beautiful layer to an album that shows that it might not be possible to have too much of a good thing. Lights Out, Words Gone is a perfect example of this, and even without her prominence, Shuffle’s an instand Bombay classic. STREAM HERE

This evening, it’s the best EPs of the year and then the slow stuff starts. I’m actually kind of excited.
Take care of each other
Braden

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