Amy’s 2011 Music Highlights
Putting together this list, I realized that I listened to a lot of music by female artists and groups. Whatever that says about me, I have literally no idea. The truth is my list is filled with women — disproportionately so. I just want to make clear that this is not a gender biased list, at least it wasn’t intended to be. It just turned out this way.
First, my bonus.
Marit Larsen – Spark
Everyone that knows me knows that I adore Marit. I’m still waiting for Amazon to ship my hard copy of the album — because unlike other people who only do digital now, I still buy albums physically. This, of course, creates a huge problem of space at home… but I digress.
The first time I listened to Marit’s Spark, it wasn’t like when I listened to Under the Surface or The Chase. Something was missing for me, I don’t know how to fully explain it. I guess I miss the totally folksy vibe I had grown accustomed to. I mean, I can feel it there but not as prominently.
I still love the way she is so sweet sounding in those pretty scary moments, though, like in Have You Ever where she sings, “Have you ever seen her face, the way it lights up when he walks into the room. He is everything I want and all that she’s got, but there’s a way around it — all I’d have to do is break her heart.”
Listen to the album on Xiami. The album is still on pre-order from Amazon .
I still can’t believe Salyu’s album didn’t make your list. And I thought you’d have at least one Hong Kong/Taiwan album in your list, but all your spots are taken by Mainland singers.
Also how do you feel Oh Land? Her discography isn’t like the ones you mention… this is supposed to be her 2nd album, so maybe she has more-than-one-album staying power.
@ghost, like I say. At the moment, I love Oh Land’s album to put on while working. But then again, that’s exactly what happened to me with The Ting Tings, and I mean it like the WHOLE album not just That’s Not my Name. I thought they were the shit, and now I barely listen to the album.
Same with Lily Allen. I thought that was the funniest album ever, now I barely listen to it. I have fond memories of it.
I have a lot of “debut albums” in my collection and they stay as lone albums because I just don’t like the other albums.
About Salyu, I liked about half the album – but then again, I was really hyped for it. I can’t wait to get the Live concert DVD though – it looks amazing. And she also has a new album coming out – both around my birthday, so I hope the Yen settles at a better price by then.
2 cellos remind me of Apocalyptica, their music videos may not be that good, but I love them. I believe is a little bit more extreme since they also do symphonic metal.