Sounds of 2011
By Jake Flanagin, January 14th, 2011
2011 will be nothing short of stellar for the music industry. From titillating debuts, to anticipated sophomore releases, the New Year is bringing with it the prospect of some truly awe-inspiring musical acts. Here are four albums expected to drop in 2011 that any and all music enthusiasts should invest in:
Kunst is the working title for the sophomore album of alterna-pop duo Jules de Martino and Katie White of The Ting Tings. If Kunst is anything like We Started Nothing (2008), then we can expect a superb collection of jaunty tunes (with plenty of synth and sharp percussion) that don’t quite fit into any pre-determined categories. Rumors of a Jay-Z collaboration will undoubtedly fuel the fire that propels The Ting Tings into global notoriety.
Speaking of Mr. Carter, a collaborative album with Kanye West (Watch The Throne) will be yet another eagerly awaited musical addition to 2011. Both considered Kings of Hip Hop in their own right, it’s refreshing to see two talented individuals (whom in other circumstances might have become rivals) opting to work together for collective betterment, rather than spit at each other from behind lyrics. (Take notes, Nicki and Kim).
Of course, we can’t talk about significant releases in 2011 without at least mentioning the reigning Queen of the Monster Ball. Without question, Lady Gaga’s second studio album and third project Born This Way, will be one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2011. Although we harbor no doubts as to the eminent popularity of Born This Way, Gaga assuredly has set the high bar for herself – considering the success of The Fame and The Fame Monster.
Last, but far from least, 21 by British soul songstress, Adele, is due to drop on February 22. The singer’s debut release, 19, was beyond critically acclaimed, and earned Adele Adkins two Grammys (including “Best New Artist”) among countless other awards. 21 will be a tribute to folk and country music from the American South. Citing Lady Antebellum and Wanda Jackson as influences, 21 will undeniably be an intriguing melange of Adele’s signature, soulful stylings and earthy, country tones. “Rolling In the Deep,” the albums premiere single, has already reached and sustained a position at the top of the German charts. We expect the album to enjoy similar success.
All photos courtesy of TheTingTings.com, Jay-Z.com, LadyGaga.com, and Adele.tv.