by / June 20th, 2011 /

Top Story: State’s albums of the year…so far: 25 – 21

As has now become tradition, we have been polling State’s marvelous team of writers and photographers as to their favourite albums of the first half of 2011. Over the week ahead we’ll bring you the top 25, kicking off with some old style rock ‘n’ roll, imaginative stadium rock, strange pop, a US band mellowing and a bloke with a high voice…

Here’s the full list:

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

25. Kitty Daisy & LewisSmoking In Heaven
“It kicks like a mule and slaps you in the face with just the right amount sass…” Review

24. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
“A songwriter with depth, wit and a playfulness that never dims….” Review

23. TV On The Radio9 Types Of Light
“TV On The Radio have chosen to chill out, and that’s not a bad thing at all….” Review

22. Foo FightersWasted Light
“Upbeat, unchallenging and ultimately very enjoyable…” Review

21. Wild BeastsSmother

“There’s no showing off here, no sense of trying to impress anyone other than themselves…” Review