January 2, 2011
2011 Albums: Electrifying? One hopes.
That's my cat Jasper on New Year's Eve. Normally, he is more dignified, but that night he was possessed by the spirit of the evening... a Ke$ha moment. Relax though, he is grooming, bless him. And yes, his eyes always glow.
Follow me on Twitter in 2011, poppers!
Here are some artists (oldish and newish) who I am paying attention to in 2011...
Lady Gaga's record is going to overtake the planet I assume. Yes, I am interested in this!
Likewise, Adele's 21 is going to BOOM. The next single was written by the brilliant Fraser T Smith. Fraser also did a lot of work on two more albums...
Clare Maguire's debut, Light After Dark, features a killer new single, The Last Dance, about Michael Jackson. 11 other tracks on it, out in February. This LP is going to be luxe.
Fraser also worked on the debut by Ed Drewett, whose sampler is literally perfect.
Will Alex Gardner release an album? I doubt it, but if so, look out for There Goes My Heart, a stunning ballad.
Not sure if the end of the year will see Florence + The Machine, but I hope so.
There are plenty of rumors about a new album by Roisin Murphy, but as yet there is no record deal.
Pete Lawrie, a sorta pop folkie troubadour (who looks like Cheyenne Jackson crossed with Johnny Knoxville) has his first album out in the UK on April 4. It's called A Little Brighter. The jumping off point is All That We Keep.
Newcomer Jamie Woon's album Mirrorwriting is going to be beautiful, if first single Night Air and another track, Spiral, are indicative of what we'll get. This is where soul vocals meet shimmery electronics.
Hercules And Love Affair return with Blue Songs - presumably an old school disco album that miraculously includes a cover of It's Alright (PSB/Sterling Void)
Sam Sparro has a long-in-the-works LP out that I hope will revive 90s music, a la Deee Lite.
Will Young is releasing a dance album at some point in the coming year. It will be nothing less than monolithic. He also stars in a new TV series called Bedlam.
Bright Light Bright Light should release his debut album, called Make Me Believe In Hope. His next single is How To Make A Heart.
Late in 2011, No Doubt will have their first CD in ten years. Even Gwen has not released music since about 2005. Will it be a success or will it dive bomb in the wake of a certain platinum blonde megastar?
Cocknbullkid releases a debut album Adulthood after a long gestation. The new single, Hold On To Your Misery is sweet - reminds me of 90s British radio. Just has a jauntiness that's lacking right now.
Nicola Roberts, ex Girls Aloud, should release an album in 2011. It is my most anticipated GA spinoff, but it has to be JUST RIGHT. Cock-up potential is scarily massive.
Meanwhile, I will also listen to what Keisha Buchanan, ex Sugababes dishes out.
Arctic Monkeys are working on their new CD with James Ford.
We HOPE that Garbage will release an album - they are recording.
Frankmusik's Do It In The AM is out soon and I am cautiously optimistic.
Kate Havnevik will hopefully release her new record this year.
Blond on blond hottie Teddy Thompson releases Bella.
I don't care about the Elvis Costello album, but the title is delish: Pump & Pout
The other great album title is from PJ Harvey's Let England Shake
90's pop geniuses Dubstar return with a new album. It's in the mixing stage now (that news straight from the band).
James Blake's eponymous debut is out February and it is a bit of a slog. Not really a pop record in any sense. The first single was a bit of a lead-on.
I hope the new UK group Echoes will release a debut album or at least a few singles in 2011.
Stevie Nicks has her first album in ten years. You would probably not know I have been obsessed with Stevie for years. YEARS. The album is co-produced by Dave Stewart (as in Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard.
The Feeling have a make or break CD coming this year. Rumor is the gorgeous ballad with Sophie Ellis Bextor will be a single.
Duran Duran's All You Need Is Now CD adds three more songs, including the moody Mediterranea.
Maxwell releases Summers, the middle piece of Black Summers Night, which will include new music he has recorded in the past year.
I might give the Titney Spears album a chance.
I know I have been a bit.... tepid? ... about Florrie, but if she releases an LP in 2011, I shall give it proper attention.
I predict Robyn will release new music prior to the end of the year. She deserves a vacation.
I also predict we'll get some new music from Kylie, just in time for her tour.
Gruff Rhys's Hotel Shampoo is out on Valentines Day. The first single, Shark Ridden Waters, has a dreamy video, but sounds more like Badly Drawn Boy on the continent.
The annoying Gallagher brother has a new band called Beady Eye. Album is Different Gear, Still Speeding. Would rawther hear a Noel G record instead.
Human League's Credo is taking forever to come out! I will admit I am not a fan of Night People. Just a bit repetitive for my taste.
The Pet Shop Boys will release music for their ballet The Most Incredible Thing and all my London Gays will dress up for the premiere.
My ex-lovers REM release Collapse Into Now in March and I am not holding my breath. It has been 18 years since I like an album by them! Insane.
Marianne Faithfull will release Horses And High Heels this spring.
Darren Hayes releases an album he has been working on for literally two years. I honestly have no clue what to expect!
The Gadsdens long awaited debut, produced by Danton Supple, is out this year. I've heard a lot of the demos and there are, in particular, some blistering ballads.
Ben Westbeech is a DJ/singer from Bristol - his music is jazzy, mellow and electro. Dude's new album called There's More To Life Than This is house-inspired and due in April.
Penguin Prison's album is my most awaited. Have heard about 80% of it and expect GREAT pop. The first single Multi Millionaire will blow your socks off. Equally raging is Don't Fuck With My Money.
Blondie supposedly releases The Panic Of Girls. Been in the can for ages, so it makes me a bit nervous.
Where are they? Bertine Zetlitz and Anneli Drecker.
My friend Lucas Mire will release his third album. He's doing ska now. Joke.
Nerina Pallot has been working on a new album with Bernard Butler. Seems soon after her last album, The Graduate, but no complaints from me.
The Kooks have been in studio for like 2 years. As has Hard-Fi.
I was worried that the new Patrick Wolf LP would be bunk, but it's not going to be. It may be his best work in six years. If rumors are true, the title is shit: Lupercalia
I predict Wolf Gang's debut LP, like Penguin Prison's, is going to genre straddle and be totally melodic and in the now.
I'll conclude with the wish that Sophie Ellis Bextor releases her album. Get on it, La Bex.
Here is last year's list. Most of the records were released and met expectations.