'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' soundtrack reminds me of why I've always loved Trent Reznor. It also makes me incredibly excited to see the film. If it doesn't meet my ridiculously high expectations, I might just cry.
This is, by no means, a definitive list of records. Those listed below were obviously not the ‘best’ of 2011, they’re just a few that I enjoyed most, and thought I’d share with Tumblr. Please also take into account- whilst judging me- that I have written this whilst sitting at an airport.
- “South East Facing Wall”- The Smith Street Band Had it not been an EP, it would have been on this list.
- “David Comes to Life”- Fucked Up Outstanding on every level, but I felt that I listened to it too late in the year to call it a favourite.
- “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”- Girls A ‘Top Eleven’ list just sounds awkward.
AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU…
10. “Take Care”- Drake I never thought I’d see the day, but my love for Drake has gone far beyond irony. Take Care is introspective and surprisingly thought-provoking, with quality production to match.
Recommended: Marvin’s Room
9. “Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing”- The Wonder Years Completely relatable, and incredibly catchy. It is unashamedly pop punk and, for that, it has a special place in my heart.
Recommended: Came Out Swingin’
8. “Watch the Throne”- The Throne Big, bold and boastful. But what else would you expect? If you can look past that, you’ll find it’s a damn fine album.
Recommended: No Church in the Wild
7. “Nostalgia, Ultra”- Frank Ocean 'Nostalgia, Ultra' seems a fitting title for this mixtape, which weaves familiar samples into fresh tunes, to create a surprisingly evocative record.
6. “Shed”- Title Fight It sounds cliched to say that a band has matured, but Shed shows enormous development: Both slower, and yet heavier, than before, this record is a more diverse and, ultimately, more enduring record.
Recommended: Where Am I?
5. “Days”- Real Estate It may not have been the year’s most groundbreaking record, but Real Estate have crafted a handful of perfect pop melodies. And made it appear almost effortless.
Recommended: It’s Real
4. “Separation”- Balance and Composure Full of energy and emotion, yet still clever and composed. It’s one of those records that grows, with each listen.
Recommended: I Tore You Apart in My Head
3. “Royal Headache”- Royal Headache Disputably garage punk; disputably pop; undisputably catchy. The best thing to come out of Sydney.
Recommended: Never Again
2. “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”- M83 From it’s soaring synths, to it’s more introspective moments, this record is stunning. And almost impossible to describe without using the word ‘epic’.
1. “Bon Iver”- Bon Iver If ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ reflected Justin Vernon’s solitary retreat to the woods, its follow-up sounds like a journey out of isolation. No longer Vernon’s solo project, this record is an ensemble effort- and it becomes clearer with each listen. More layered, more diverse and more ambitious than it’s predecessor, ‘Bon Iver’ is a perfect progression.
"I realized that throughout the course of the evening, I wasn’t happy about Craig and Sam breaking up. Not at all… All I cared about was the fact that Sam got really hurt. And I guess I realised at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn’t matter."
"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand."
I try to rationalise it, but some connections just can’t be explained on paper. It’s only when you see them- feel them- that they seem to make sense. Why are we so drawn to particular people? How can some people completely occupy our minds- even when we don’t want them to? And why do other people just feel like home? I don’t think I’ll ever know.