At the beginning of a year you've no idea how it will pan out. Turns out that 2011 was something of a vintage year for music in some respects. In release terms, less perhaps for familiar names turning in new classics (though And One, Dance or Die and VNV Nation all turned in some of their best long-players ever), but more for newcomers and rising talent.
On the live circuit, based here in the UK, it has been a terrific year of gigs. I'd venture to say it was proabably my most rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable year gigging ever. (And considering the amount of gigs I've been to down the years, that really is saying something.)
Although we do sometimes ocassionally have guest contributors, dsoaudio is largely a personal endeavour, which means there will always be some significant releases (and gigs) that, for whatever reason, either weren't heard or weren't heard sufficiently to form a solid judgement on. So if your favourite album, band or gig of the year doesn't get a mention, it could well be that I never even heard it, heard them or could get there. But what I did hear presented a rich and diverse year, especially with those new and rising names.
So, without further ado, here then are the 2011 dsoaudio.com Awards.
Best Band | Best Album | Best Single | Best Debut | Best Newcomer | Best Gig | Best Label | Best Promoter | Best Artwork | Best Return | Best Venue
By Mouth" by Global Citizen
by And One
and Offerings" by Mirrors
English, Colchester Festival, 27 August, 2011