• TOP 52 ALBUMS OF 2011

    8 jan. 2012, 23h01m par Confessions87

    1YRON was born out of the notion of reviewing records exactly one year after their initial release date. This alternative to reviewing a record as and when it is released is an attempt to understand a record better within the context of its fairly recent absorption into mainstream or underground consciousness. For the past seven months 1YRON has focused on reviewing some of 2010's best records. With 2011 drawing to a close and with 2012 just around the corner, it's almost time to focus again on 2011's releases. Over the next year 1YRON will continue to review records on their first birthdays, the majority of which will feature in this list.

    There's never much sense or clarity when putting together end of year lists because individual opinion ultimately rules over structure and ordering in such instances. However, we all feel compelled to at least attempt them. As usual, 2011 was a brilliant year for music in a similar vein to 2010 and, as usual…
  • Great albums of 2011

    31 déc. 2011, 20h39m par sabberworm

    Baaba KulkaBaaba Kulka

    Gaba Kulka has always been great for a surprise (remember her changing her name from Gabriela Kulka?), now she’s out to get me hooked on (and, thus, turn me into my brother, Thermoskanne) with this record full of Iron Maiden covers.

    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Best tracks
    To Tame a Landaces highProdigal SonChildren Of The Damned

    Tom WaitsBad as Me

    After having been completely overwhelmed with the quantity of material on his last two records, I was glad to see Waits back with a regular studio record. It does contain the usual mixture of melancholy and noise with songs erring on either side.

    Rating: ★★★½☆
    Best tracks
    Face to the HighwayTalking at the Same TimeGet Lost

    R.E.M.Collapse Into Now

    I’m a sucker for R.E.M.’s catchy tunes and ÜBerlin reminds me a lot of the ™ there like Imitation of Life. …
  • Album Review: Tori Amos - Night of Hunters (2011)

    29 oct. 2011, 18h48m par irisvanhoorn

    Tori Amos - Night of Hunters

    After long and hopeful waiting I finally got my copy of Tori Amos' latest album Night of Hunters, on the 30th of September 2011 to be exact. Being a classical album it is quite different from her earlier work, but the same way I fell in love with her earlier albums, I fell in love with this one. It is a very special and original album. It is a concept album which she describes herself as a "21st century song cycle". It tells the story about a woman who is left by her husband after their journey to Ireland, a land with a lot of mythical background. After he has left she meets the shape-shifting creature Anabelle, first in the form of the Fox, later as the Goose. This creature leads her through a kind of self-investigation to get a better understanding of what happened in her relationship and what lies underneath. After she got a last advice from the Fire Muse, she finds peace with her situation. …