Amy’s 2011 Music Highlights
10. Laure Shang – Nightmare/in
Mainland China singer Laure Shang Wenjie released TWO — not one, but two — 9-track albums this year. Nightmare, released in early January, and in, released in August. This has nothing to do with the signed copy that Laure gave us — which is still in China because Cyrus hasn’t shipped it yet.
I loved parts of both albums. I loved Love Warrior  and I loved The Way ! Am [MV], but I don’t think the albums fully worked as wholes. I don’t know if both would have worked as one album either because they seem like such different projects — though there were some crossover songs. I still think it’s commendable that Laure is releasing Cantonese, French and English versions of some of her Mandarin songs — I can’t wait to listen to her singing in Spanish!
9. Oh Land
I am aware I’m probably going to regret this pick in about a year or two, like I’ve done with The Ting Tings or Lily Allen. But there’s just something about this indie pop sound that gets stuck on you and you can’t help but hum to it and sway to the rhythm like an idiot. That’s what Oh Land’s second album — self-titled as if it were its big reveal to the world — has done to me. I can’t help it.
8. 2 Cellos
Oh, man~ You gotta love rock music and classical coming together. Of course, symphonic rock has been done before by rock bands or rock solo artists with big symphonic orchestras — Metallica’s S&M comes to mind  as does Seo Taiji’s Symphony .
With their self-titled 2 Cellos, the Croatian cello duo is taking rock music to classical levels — or is it backwards? I hope there are more pop/rock/classical experimentations in the future , like the Chinese Orchestra version of Wonder Girls’ Nobody, the Orchestra version of SNSD’s Gee, or this Abba Medley by the Marsiling Chinese Orchestra. LOL