Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11

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1

Band of Holy Joy
How To Kill A Butterfly

Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender

Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought 

I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)

2
Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers
Starlight Hotel

Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful 

3
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Here & Now

Career high from one of the best song writers around

Codeine by

4
Danny & the Champions of the World
Hearts & Arrows

Shooting straight at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll

5
The Decemberists
The King is Dead

live up to the hype it does from the first listen this record has really grabbed me 

6
The Redlands Palomino Company
Don’t Fade

cracking third from the UK’s top country rockers

The Redlands Palomino Company – Don’t Fade by BeatSurrender

7
Amanda Shires
Carrying Lightning

it’s hard not to be captivated by it

8
Drive-by Truckers
Go-Go Boots

country, soul, murder ballads, DBT keep driving forward

9
Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo
Almanac

Top track from a top album used on the best piece of TV drama I’ve watched this year.

10
Dawes
Nothing is Wrong

wonderfully melodic and adorned with some sweet sounding guitar and the sibling harmonies

Please support the artists.

Buy the CD’s, Vinyl, Downloads, T-Shirts and go see them live.

Lauderdale – Moving On

Hotel Grant

I read about these guys over at Nine Bullets, Common Folk Music and No Deal Music all fine blogs whose recommendations I always take heed of , so when I spotted their album on a recent trip to Reviewshine I jumped the cursor straight over to the download button to get a copy, having already had a taster of the band through the tracks and videos posted elsewhere I already knew this was music that was right up Beat Surrender’ street, but still I was surprised at the quality of the album as a whole, rock solid start to end the albums as good an alt-country release as you’ll hear this year, the perfect amalgam of rock, country and Muscle Shoals magic topped of by having a perfect vocal outlet in Niles Lee, I’m sure this albums going to feature in a few end of year best of 2011 lists and is definitely one to seek out – buy / download at iTunes and CD Baby

Lauderdale – Broken Man

Lauderdale – Dressed Like The Devil

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