Masthead
One of my photos

2011 – Let England Shake

June 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

While the singles charts continued to be full of songs by “x featuring y”, where x=someone I haven’t heard of and y=someone I have vaguely heard of, there were some interesting albums this year. It was especially good for albums by the sons of other musicians, with albums by Ian Dury’s son Baxter, Neil Finn’s son Liam and Fela Kuti’s son Seun. Neil Finn also had an album out that was basically him and his wife messing around in their music room at home, and turning out a decent album.A few old acts showed that they still had new music in them – John Foxx, Blancmange, Nick Lowe, Erasure and Gang of Four who released their best album for ages called Content. Primus also released Green Naugahyde, which was as reliably mad as their other albums.

Something else that caught my ear was Fujiya& Miyagi’s Ventrilloquizzing album. I only recently discovered that they are a relatively local band, from Brighton. A lot of their stuff seems very motorik-influenced, so as a bit of a krautrock fan I am drawn to them.

The song of the year, as far as I am concerned is Let England Shake by PJ Harvey. Part of me still prefers her old raucus sound on songs like 50ft Queenie, M-Bike or Sheela-na-gig and I couldn’t imagine her swapping electric guitar for autoharp, but the album was great, winning the Mercury prize. The title track is especially catchy, with its delicate percussion and a definite highlight of the year for me.

Tags:

No Comments so far ↓

There are no comments yet... Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment

*
To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Click to hear an audio file of the anti-spam word

 

 
Comments Policy:

  • Comments from anyone who is unknown (ie who has not commented before) will go into a moderation queue to be approved. This is to prevent spam/advertising comments and there may be a delay before such comments appear.
  • As far as possible I will not reject moderated comments or delete published comments, even if I disagree with them or if they are criticising me.
  • I intend only to delete/reject comments which are offensive, racist, homophobic, sexist or similar or if they are in any way illegal/libellous.
  • If you think a comment meets those criteria and I might have missed it, let me know.
  • Although technically I am able to edit comments I will not do so unless it is to remove embedded code which is causing problems.
  • If it is ever necessary to edit a comment it will be made clear that it has been edited.
  • Certain words in comments will cause the whole comment to be automatically consigned to the dustbin (Aavaisha, hmmegatest, cognitive, phentermine, xanax, pharmacy, viagra, vicodin, casino, ultram, tamiflu, valium, tramadol, levitra, carisoprodol) for obvious reasons.