Features

Readers Poll 2011: The Shame Cauldron Decides Pt 2

[Yesterday](/articles/4393397), we revealed your picks for Biggest Controversy, Best Comeback, Best New-Ish Act, Best Live Act, Best Reissue/Retrospective and Best ?Indie? Label. Today, it’s your Top 50 albums of the year.

1. Royal Headache
[Royal Headache](/releases/2000931)
(R.I.P Society)

Some may call this voting with your feet. For others it’s redemption. Either way, few moderately negative reviews have received as much conjecture as our take on Royal Headache*?s self-titled debut, which our reviewer described as a ?movement with a message, and a rather mundane one at that?. On the basis of this poll, the backlash was unanimous: in a vintage year for local music, *Royal Headache comfortably topped the Best Album category ahead of stellar releases by Twerps, Adalita, Total Control, HTRK and Harmony. (They also placed second behind poll-masters Wagons in the Best Live act category, while they no doubt played a huge role in helping their Sydney-based label R.I.P Society take out our inaugural Best ?Indie? Label of 2011).

Recorded and mixed by a garage-rock dream-team of Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control) and Owen Penglis (Straight Arrows), Royal Headache is sincere, love-struck garage-soul at its best. It features ?Girls? and ?Surprise? from last year’s [debut 7?](/releases/2000567), and ?Really In Love?, a Cee Lo Green/Buzzcocks hybrid, which came in at number nine in our top 20 [Tracks of the Year](/articles/4389357). – Darren Levin



2. Twerps
[Twerps](/releases/2000947)
(Chapter Music)

Twerps – Dreamin by ChapterMusic



3. Adalita
[Adalita](/releases/2000841)
(Liberation)

Jewel Thief by Adalita



4. Total Control
[Henge Beat](/releases/2000921)
(Iron Lung/Fuse)

One More Tonight by Total Control



5. Gotye
[Making Mirrors](/releases/2000933)
(Eleven/Universal)

Easy Way Out by Gotye



6. Dick Diver
[New Start Again](/releases/2000956)
(Chapter Music)

Dick Diver – Through the D by ChapterMusic



7. HTRK
[Work (work, work)](/releases/2000955)
(Mistletone)

HTRK – Bendin’ by ghostly



8. UV Race
[Homo](/releases/2000869)
(Aarght!)

UV RACE – HOMO by tonyclifton III



9. Wagons
Rumble, Shake And Tumble
(Spunk!)

I Blew It by WagonsMusic



10. Harmony
[Harmony](/releases/2000901)
(Casadeldisco/Other Tongues)

09 Heartache by Solar/Sonar Records


11. Witch Hats
[Pleasure Syndrome](/releases/2000959)
(Longtime Listener)

Hear Martin by witchhats


12. Cut Copy
[Zonoscope](/releases/2000820)
(Modular)

Cut Copy – Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution by modularpeople


13. Lost Animal
[Ex Tropical](/releases/2000951)
(Sensory Projects)

Lose The Baby by Lost Animal


14. The Middle East
[I Want That You Are Always Happy](/releases/2000852)
(Spunk!)

Jesus Came To My Birthday Party by tmemusic


15. An Horse
[Walls](/releases/2000870)
(Mom+Pop, Shock)

An Horse – Dressed Sharply by anhorse


16. Seekae
[+Dome](/releases/2000843)
(Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)

Seekae – Gnor by othertongues


17. YIS
[Kingdom Of Fuzz](/releases/2000880)
(Independent)

“(I Feel) Repulsed” by YIS by yisyisyis


18. Oscar + Martin
[For You](/releases/2000858)
(Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control)

Oscar + Martin – What I Know by twobrightlakes

19. The Jezabels
[Prisoner](/releases/2000936)
(Independent/MGM)

The Jezabels – Endless Summer by thejezabels


20. Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders
[Hurtsville](/releases/2000887)
(Spunk!)

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – ‘Cold Feet’ by Jack Ladder


21. Ben Salter
[The Cat](/releases/2000912)
(MGM Distribution)

02 – Ben Salter – The Coward by bluebeard


22. Geoffrey O’Connor
[Vanity Is Forever](/releases/2000962)
(Chapter)

Geoffrey O’Connor – Whatever Leads Me To You by ChapterMusic


23. Architecture In Helsinki
[Moment Bends](/releases/2000850)
(Modular)

Contact High by Architecture In Helsinki


24. Kimbra
Vows
(Warner)

Cameo Lover by Kimbra


25. Big Scary
[Vacation](/releases/2000948)
(Pieater)

Mix Tape by bigscary


26. Kitchen’s Floor
[Look Forward To Nothing](/releases/2000953)
(Bedroom Suck)

KITCHEN’S FLOOR – 116 by bedroomsuck


27. The Grates
[Secret Rituals](/releases/2000895)
(Dew Process)

The Grates – Turn Me On by Goltzman*


28. Seeker Lover Keeper
[Seeker Lover Keeper](/releases/2000885)
(Dew Process)

Seeker Lover Keeper – Even Though I’m A Woman by dewprocess


29. Collarbones
Iconography
(Two Bright Lakes)

Collarbones – Don Juan by Shapolean


30. Teeth & Tongue
[Tambourine](/releases/2000874)
(Dot Dash/Remote Control)

Unfamiliar Skirts by Teeth & Tongue


31. Eagle And The Worm
[Good Times](/releases/2000897)
(Cotillion/Warner)

Eagle and the Worm – All i Know by Eagle and the Worm Music


32. Boy & Bear
[Moonfire](/releases/2000918)
(Island)

Boy & Bear- Feeding Line by MMMusic


33. Slug Guts
[Howlin? Gang](/releases/2000864)
(Sacred Bones)

Slug Guts – Howlin’ by sacredbones


34. No Anchor
[Real Pain Supernova](/releases/2000882)
(Independent)

Dead Pony by No Anchor


35. The Vasco Era
[The Vasco Era](/releases/2000957)
(Independent)

The Vasco Era – Child Bearing Hips by engininja


36. Oh Mercy
[Great Barrier Grief](/releases/2000859)
(Casadeldisco/EMI)

Oh Mercy – Stay, Please Stay by PacSunMusic


37. Batrider
[Piles Of Lies](/releases/2000899)
(Two Bright Lakes/Inertia)

Batrider – Piles of Lies by twobrightlakes


38. Holly Throsby
[Team](/releases/2000854)
(Spunk!)

Holly Throsby – What I Thought of You by SpunkRecords


39. Laura Jean
[A Fool Who’ll](/releases/2000941)
(Chapter)

Missing you by Laura Jean


40. Ball Park Music
[Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs](/releases/2000944)
(EMI)

Ball Park Music – It’s Nice To Be Alive by theinsound


41. Abbe May
[Design Desire](/releases/2000903)
(Source/MGM)

Taurus Chorus – Abbe May by sgcmedia


42. Lanie Lane
[To The Horses](/releases/2000949)
(Ivy League)

Bang Bang by Lanie Lane


43. Snowman
[Absence](/releases/2000867)
(Dot Dash/Remote Control)

Hyena by Joe McKee


44. Pets With Pets
[Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid](/releases/2000848)
(Sensory Projects)

Pets With Pets – Pixie Child by sensoryprojects10


45. Alps
[Alps Of New South Wails](/releases/2000831)
(Past Futures)

Alps – I Get So High by Zeugolator


46. Leader Cheetah
[Lotus Skies](/news/4260763)
(Spunk!)

Leader Cheetah – Our Love by theinsound


47. Richard In Your Mind
[Sun](/releases/2000926)
(Rice Is Nice)

Richard In Your Mind – Vision by FBi Radio


48. Little John
Put Your Hands On Me
(Independent)

Wolves by Little John Aust


49. Little Scout
[Take Your Light](/releases/2000915)
(MGM Distribution)

DEAD LOSS by LittleScout


50. Mike Noga
[The Balladeer Hunter](/releases/2000866)
(Other Tongues)

M’Belle by Mike Noga


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[TRACKS OF THE YEAR 2011](/articles/4389357)

[READERS POLL 2011 PT 1](/articles/4393397)