by / June 23rd, 2011 /

Top Story: State’s albums of the year…so far: 10 – 6

It’s into the top ten of our albums of 2011 so far, with maybe a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure. Come back tomorrow to see the records that topped our poll.

Here’s the full list:

25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1

10. MetronomyThe English Riviera
“A pure joy, a memory of the old-style English seaside – sandcastles and beach huts, simplicity and innocence….” Review

9. The Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
“The would-be-blockbusters are chopped up with a mixture of great garage-rock and the odd subtle touch….” Review

8. James BlakeJames Blake
“There is a constant urge to hear the next blip, thump, echo, click or plaintive cry….” Review

7. ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys
“A mirrored, emotional soundtrack to a life…brimming with extraordinary, ordinary, observations…” Review

6. The WeekndHouse Of Balloons
“R’n’B hasn’t been this disturbing since R. Kelly turned up at my 14-year-old cousin’s birthday party uninvited, having consumed two litres of Capri Sun and seeking some ‘private time’ with the birthday girl….” Read more