Gigwise's Christmas wish-list has arrived...
Edward Keeble

10:44 12th December 2011

This is it! Probably the most deliberated category of all, we've done the poll through which the readers have examined through the critical looking glass which out of the top 50 nominations deserves the top spot for the best album of 2011.

The list is certainly a great one this year with massive bands standing side by side with some of the greatest debuts the music industry has seen for a very long time.

All the way from SBTRKT to Kasabian this is a point by point list of the albums that should be in your collection.

With the yuletide season bearing down make sure that if you have missed out on any of these gems you get Santa to get off his fat arse and ram it in your stocking.

See the Gigwise countdown below...

  • 50) You Me At Six - 'Sinners Never Sleep': "Whether its the rapid-fire persistency of Jaws On The Floor or the relaxed nature that This Is The First Thing portrays, you are sure to enjoy every second of it.

  • 49) Tom Vek - 'Leisure Seizure': "Tom Vek has returned with a flawed but promising album which bodes well for his third effort with a release date currently pencilled in for the summer 2017."

  • 48) SBTRKT - 'SBTRKT': "One of the most promising debuts of the year, forging the way for a new brand of electronic indie and live performance."

  • 47) Rustie - 'Glass Swords': "Integrating slap bass with a legacy of dance music this album is unlike anything you've ever heard."

  • 46) Sully - 'Carrier': "A slow burning producer hailing from East Anglia, Sully is the new one to watch."

  • 45) EMA - 'Past Life Martyred Saints': "Unsettlingly beautiful and poignant in its portrayal of grief."

  • 44) Danger Mouse And Daniel Luppi - 'Rome': "Brave, cinematic and beautiful... "

  • 43) The Weekend - 'House Of Balloons': "Sex, Drugs And Rock And Roll from Drake's boy."

  • 42) Adele - '21': "Single handedly dragging the music industry from a watery grave"

  • 41) Yuck - 'Yuck': "Sugar-rush pop and grungey anthems transmitted by every distorted note and chord."

  • 40) Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Unknown Mortal Orchestra': "The strengths of these bedroom bound compositions lie in the fundamentals of songwriting"

  • 39) Noah And The Whale - 'Last Night On Earth': "An enjoyable transition into slickly written drive time rock and roll."

  • 38) TV On The Radio - 'Nine Types Of Light': "More of the same but if it isn't broken don't fix it."

  • 37) Mogwai - 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will': "A tangibly atmospheric piece indicative of their superb grasp of mood"

  • 36) Laura Marling - 'A Creature I Don't Know': "The West London music mafia bring the goods"

  • 35) Katy B - 'On A Mission': "Broadly appealing album brining Rinse FM to the masses"

  • 34) The Joy Formidable - 'Big Roar': "Welsh chaps reveal what they have been working an after all this time."

  • 33) James Blake - 'James Blake': "A revolutionary and brave album that has taken sonic exploration to the next plateau."

  • 32) Veronica Falls - 'Veronica Falls': "Indiepop with more than a little panache"

  • 31) Frankie And The Heartstrings - 'Hunger': "A debut that's fresh and fantastically pulsating... "

  • 30) Jamie XX And Gil-Scott Heron - 'We're New Here': "Stellar production brings out a new edge to the progenitor of spoken word music."

  • 29) Esben And The Witch - 'Violet Cries': "More theatrical than it is terrifying... "

  • 28) Elbow - 'Build A Rocket Boys': "A mature, moving and heartfelt album... "

  • 27) Cults - 'Cults': "Hot NY duo open with one hell of an album."

  • 26) Bright Eyes - 'The People's Key': "Boasts a host of winners..."

  • 25) The Streets - 'Computers And Blues': "A fitting swansong to the game changers..."

  • 24) Blood Orange - 'Coastal Grooves': "Infectious, melodic and an utter confirmation of his restless talents..."

  • 23) Black Lips - 'Arabia Mountain': "Collaborating with Mr. Ronson the Black Lips have pieced together a highly solid album."

  • 22) Bjork - 'Biophilia': "Easily the most unique album of the year..."

  • 21) Bombay Bicycle Club - 'A Different Kind Of Fix': "understated invention is evident throughout this fine album."

  • 20) Jamie Woon - 'Mirrorwriting': "The term 'grower' is far too often overused, but it certainly applies here."

  • 19) Noel Gallagher - 'High Flying Birds': "The Gallagher brother exhibits the talent behind the biggest hits of the 90s"

  • 18) Iron And Wine - 'Kiss Each Other Clean': "Mixture of American folk, rock and country traditions..."

  • 17) Jay-Z And Kanye West - 'Watch The Throne': "Devilish duo make an uneasy alliance for the sake of domination."

  • 16) The Vaccines - 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?': "Everything an exciting new band should produce."

  • 15) Coldplay - 'Mylo Xyloto': "Coldplay are attempting to shed their own stigma whilst living up to their worldwide reputation..."

  • 14) Antlers - 'Burst Apart': "Refined LP with a fuller sound that retains their signature bleak outlook"

  • 13) Radiohead - 'King Of Limbs': "Might only be eight tracks long but there%u2019s not a single moment that hasn%u2019t been painstakingly constructed."

  • 12) Wild Beasts - 'Smother': "A true double-headed album led by big bass and falsetto vocals"

  • 11) Foo Fighters - 'Wasting Light': "What the Foo Fighters do best..."

  • 10) Friendly Fires - 'Pala': "Friendly Fires at their most beautiful..."

  • 9) Fleet Foxes - 'Helplessness Blues': "A newfound depth and complexity..."

  • 8) Florence And The Machine - 'Ceremonials': "Over the top fun for the fans."

  • 7) Arctic Monkeys - 'Suck It And See': "Gets better and better with every listen..."

  • 6) Kasabian - 'Velociraptor!': "One fine record..."

  • 5) The Strokes - 'Angles': "Their most democratic album to date"

  • 4) The Beastie Boys - 'Hot City Committee Part. 2': "The ultimate mash up album..."

  • 3) PJ Harvey - 'Let England Shake': "Folk influenced album about the horrors of war that is a sample of an artist at her creative peak."

  • 2) The Horrors - 'Skying': "Near bulletproof sheen..."

  • 1) Metronomy - 'The English Riviera': "Devon boys surpass all expectations like it ain't no thang."

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