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Favourite albums of 2011

20. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

19. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

18. Lady Gaga – Born This Way

17. Rihanna – Talk That Talk

16. Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days

15. Drake – Take Care

14. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

13. Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting

12. Lil B – I’m Gay (I’m Happy)

11. Selena Gomez & The Scene – When The Sun Goes Down

10. CocknBullKid – Adulthood

9. araabMUZIK – Electronic Dream

8. Cher Lloyd – Sticks + Stones

7. Riz MC – MICroscope

6. Beyoncé – 4

5. The Sound of Arrows – Voyage

4. Toddla T – Watch Me Dance

3. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Britney’s people have told her that every song on her album Femme Fatale is inspired by a different femme fatale from history, myth or fiction. Poor Britney just can’t work it out though! Can YOU match the lyrics from the album to the  foxy ladies in question? Answers below.

2. The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Poor Abel Tesfaye has just got the artwork for his epically miserable comedown album back from the designers, but it looks like they’ve strayed from his original vision! Can YOU spot the five subtle differences hidden in the new cover?

If you are having trouble spotting all five differences here are some hints!

  • I wonder who else was at those debauched parties he sings about?
  • There’s a subtle theme running through the album but we’ve “inflated” it
  • “Well doesn’t that put the cherry on top”
  • Track titles ‘MAY’ not ‘ALWAYS’ be correct!
  • A dog’s face

1. Katy B – On A Mission

Here are Katy’s missions explained track-by-track:

POWER ON ME

Attributes: Slowly unfolding; sweeping musical vista; quite long. Mission: 1986 film THE MISSION. (From the IMDB plot synopsis: “Initially, the Guarani warriors prepare to kill him, but after Gabriel plays an unforgettable solo on his oboe, they allow him to live”. And we’ve all had days like that.)

KATY ON A MISSION

Attributes: Bold, purposeful, brill. Mission: KATY’S MISSION STATEMENT

WHY YOU ALWAYS HERE

Attributes: Elegant; structured; accomplished. Mission: MISSION REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE.

WITCHES BREW

Attributes: Startling; Bleepy; Full of twists and turns that leave you feeling dislocated. Mission: Doctor Who‘s 1965 MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN episode with its imagination-gone-mad monsters and lack of regular cast.

MOVEMENT

Attributes: Propulsive; No nonsense; Designed to make you move. Mission: A SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSION.

GO AWAY

Attributes: Dignified; Luxurious; Satisfying. Mission: The DIPLOMATIC MISSION where the Ferrero Rocher-stuffed Ambassador’s Receptions are held.

DISAPPEAR

Attributes: Solid; A bit old-fashioned; Cheery. Mission: THE GLAD TIDINGS MISSION FROM 60s CORONATION STREET, over which Ena Sharples presided; a handy refuge in case of a gas leak on the Street.

BROKEN RECORD

Attributes: Bright; Bouncy; Pretty. Mission: MISSION BELL (the flower, stupid.)

LIGHTS ON (FEAT. MS. DYNAMITE)

Attributes: Passing the torch from one generation of singer to the next; Shiny; Confident. Mission: THE CONTINUING MISSION of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Enterprise-D.

EASY PLEASE ME

Attributes: Fun; In your face; Sassy with the fanfares. Mission: The original series of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

PERFECT STRANGER (WITH MAGNETIC MAN)

Attributes: Romantic; Irresistible; Destined to help Magnetic Man be warmly remembered even though most people shrugged at their album proper. Mission: A RESCUE MISSION.

HARD TO GET

Attributes: Charming; Laidback; Basking in the glow of all that’s come before. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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Tied up with string: April

SOME albumS:

Katy B’s On A Mission is a brilliant, brilliant piece of work by anyone’s standards. The lightness and breeziness of pop, beefed up with everything that’s good from the current dance scene, and powered along by charm, energy and personality.

There’s a point in Go Away, when Katy’s doing that characteristically amazing thing she does, her voice swooping and pouncing everywhere, but never sounding forced or strained, always effortless and natural, when you think ‘Wow, this has been a superb album’. And then you think ‘Wow, hang on, there are still those three massive singles to come.’  Mind you, since I first had that thought in a sunny garden, Easy Please Me has been announced as the next single. That’s the cheeky one that sounds like it could be a great lost b-side to Erasure’s Drama!. So it’s a month after release and the album’s already back-loaded with four stunning singles. I would say that it’s the sound of London in the spring, but it’s going to be playing all summer as well. And I think Katy’s music is a friend for life.

I’m also taken with the understated electro-soul of Jamie Woon’s Mirrorwriting. Nocturnal and melancholy, organic and urban, delicate and meaty. Very nice indeed.

An advert:

Oh how I dream about eggs. And Scotch eggs! They’re just filthy. In the new Oasis – It’ll Go With Anything ad, a bottle of juice seduces just such a coquettish crumbed treat. “You’re more than just an egg! You’re hard boiled! And meaty! And BREADED.” Speaking for us all there.

When we join them in flagrante, some of her coating’s come off – you see the yolk and everything. “You’d better put your lid back on!” she coos. But no-one’s looking at him.

A POP VIDEO

I love this austere, menacing video for Sadness Is A Blessing, my favourite song from Lykke Li’s recent album. Oh, her luminous sadness. The unspoken grief, the sense of being trapped. I suspect Lykke could be a great actress if she wanted to be.

ANIMAL OF THE MONTH

I’ve been based in a different location with work this month, and as a result I now get a train to just outside of London every morning. Have you seen what’s out there? Fields! With animals in them! People who haven’t spent their whole lives in cities will scoff at me, but I still get excited every time I see ponies, sheep and horses from a train window. PONIES!

Tied up with string: February

SOME TELLY

I’ve been enjoying the third series of Being Human a lot: less of the boring vampire politics and back to funny, creepy stories about ordinary people in odd worlds. Annie’s runaway train segue from Stop All The Clocks into the lyrics for Fight For This Love was a career highlight. But nothing compares to the best thing I’ve ever seen on CBeebies, the wonderful Rastamouse. We just have to establish why there are so many orphans in Mouseland and which trouserless mouse we fancy the most (Zoomer for me, cheers) and then we can all get on with our music and our cheese.

A FILM

Never Let Me Go. Well that was as bleak and unsettling a film to be released for Valentine’s weekend as I can remember. (Spoilers ahead)

We’re used to seeing these sorts of worlds in films, the dreary paradise that’s maintained at a terrible cost. And if you start thinking about, say, Logan’s Run or The Truman Show, then you start rooting for our heroes to expose the terrible truth at the heart of the system, to make things better. But there’s no terrible truth to expose, because everyone knows and accepts what’s going on already. And the only rebellion is a polite enquiry as to the spirit of the world’s rules. The sense of resignation is devastating and the film makes us think hard about how, within a generation or so, unthinkable attitudes can become endemic.

Mind you I may as well be talking about Kazuo Ishiguro’s source novel with all that. As for the film itself, as well as the lovely subtle performances, I liked the way all the design choices — windswept, half empty seaside towns, NHS corridors, claustrophobic boarding shools — combined to suggest a world in stagnation.

SOME songs

Jamie Woon’s Lady Luck and Yasmin’s On My Own are both amazing. They’re picking the bits they like from the best of pop, dance and urban music to make something new. I’m looking forward to the albums – Jamie Woon in particular, on the basis of this and the beautiful, swampy ‘Night Air‘ from last year, could have me all a-cream.

ANIMAL OF THE MONTH

I’ve been obsessed with urban foxes for a long time, and it’s making me excited that they seem to be getting bolder. I’m seeing them now in daylight, on quite crowded streets, and closer than ever before. Salute these mangy, scavenging creaturess, who make the best they can out of a rubbish world – they are us.

Here’s a picture of Romeo, the new folk hero, the fox who climbed the Shard.