My top 20 albums of 2011 – Cat’s Eyes, Mondo Jet Set, Robyn Hitchcock and more

cats eyesI realised the other day that I never got round to posting this, so for posterity’s sake, here it is. There’s a Spotify playlist with tracks from most of the albums at the bottom of the page

1 Cat’s Eyes – Much better than The Horrors album, this is a perfect mix of screechy 60s girl group pop and gentle harmony-laden slowies that recall obscure writers like Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. A fantastic album

2 Mondo Jet Set – Ha, ha, ha – I have never met anyone who rates this band, and especially this album, as highly as I do. Intelligent, literate pop influenced by the more art school Brit pop bands (Auteurs, Pulp etc). I Danced In  A Secular Fashion nails 30/40 something male wistfulness in an inspired way.

3 Robyn Hitchcock – Tromso Kaptein – Robyn’s best album in half a decade boasts some lovely upbeat pop tunes of which Dismal City is one of many stand outs.

4 The Real Tuesday Weld – The Last Werewolf – If Bruce Springsteen had come from north London not New Jersey he would have probably written I Am Going To Live. Yet another superb album from Stephen Coates.

5 The Fountains Of Wayne – Sky Full Of Holes – Probably their least lovely album, but still has more than its fair share of instant power pop classics.

6 Still Corners – Into The Trees – Superb new psych album that mixes dream pop, Kraut Rock and harmony pop in a unique and very entertaining way.

7 Sara Lowes – Back To Creation – Uplifting 60s pop with a nod to Dexy’s too. Many lovely tunes.

8 Brent Cash – How Strange It Seems – Gorgeous easy listening, soft pop album, the perfect antidote to a chilly day in London.

9 The See See – Late Morning Light – Some great Byrdsie psych tunes, but a band that so far hasn’t quite realised their enormous potential.

10 The Asteroid #4 – Hail To The Clear Figurines – Shades of The Church and Brian Jonestown Massacre on this hugely enjoyable psych album

11 Hannah Peel – The Broken Wave – Wonderful folky debut with some very memorable songs

12 Treefight for Sunlight – Nothing quite matched the singles, especially the ridiculously catch What Became Of You And I? on this album, but the Danish band’s mix of poppy psych and Genesis style prog has its moments.

13 Chase Hamblin – A Fine Time – Lovely Beatley power pop with stunning harmonies

14 Belles Will Ring – Crystal Theatre – Very polished BJM style psych from the Aussies

15 The Mummers – Mink Hollow Road – Makes the cut for the gorgeous Driving Home

16 The Paperhead – Very promising psych debut from the Nashville band.

17 Atlas Sound – Parallax – In places this is brilliant. I prefer it to his Deerhunter stuff.

18 Tony Christie – Now’s The Time – Not quite as brilliant or eclectic as his Made In Sheffield album, but this has some very striking soulful pop tunes

19 The Perishers – All These Years – Great C86 influenced pop. Inspired in places.

20 Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth – Quality acid folk

Here’s 2010‘s list and 2009’s

One thought on “My top 20 albums of 2011 – Cat’s Eyes, Mondo Jet Set, Robyn Hitchcock and more

  1. Thanks everso much for putting us at two, it’s so nice to know that our scribblings have reached ears beyond our ken. Made me smile and remember what ahppiness tasted like. New album ‘Provincial Drama Club’ out today; shameless I know, but it might have seemed rude not to mention it somehow 🙂 James (mondo jet set)

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