There were many great releases this year and these are the ones that
stuck with me. It's ranked as well as it can be.
Days Are Gone
Heart of Oak
|72||The Black Heart Rebellion|
|71||Yo La Tengo|
Sol Austan, Mani Vestan
A Color Map of the Sun
Tape Deck Heart
Shaking the Habitual
The 20/20 Experience
The North Borders
Museum of Conciousness
|59||Middle Class Rut|
Pick Up Your Head
People, Hell, and Angels
One Big Particular Loop
The Family Tree: The Branches
L'Ami du Peuple
|47||Scale the Summit|
|45||The Flaming Lips|
Every Day I Get Closer
Tam, Gdzie Miesiac Oplakuje Swit
Deceiver of the Gods
House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
|35||Alice in Chains|
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
I tried to like more but I just don't like it was much as others it seems. It's still a very
impressive album though.
|33||The Wonder Years|
The Greatest Generation
Boards of Canada emulation. Still a great album.
Echoes of Battle
Chino and member of Isis is a match made in heaven. Should probably have this
Reach Beyond the Sun
Major improvement over the last one.
|26||The Dear Hunter|
The highs are really high and the lows are pretty low.
Not what I was expecting and perhaps a little too long, but there's still some gems here
and I always appreciate an artist trying new things.
|24||How to Destroy Angels|
|23||Queens of the Stone Age|
I wanted to like this more but it just wasn't meant to be. Still a great rock album
They brought back the dark sound of ( ) while not sounding repetitive.
Their best since Yield. Sirens is a beautiful song.
|19||Protest the Hero|
Much better than their last one.
Spacey/atmospheric metal is a wonderful thing.
The Doomstar Requiem
I thought it was really good. http://i2.kym-
|16||Cult of Luna|
Post-metal done by guys who know how to do it best.
Trouble Will Find Me
Grew off me a bit as the year went on but it's still a solid release. This is one of those albums
that has nothing really wrong with it but suffers from being stacked against a...well...stacked
|14||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
One of Us Is the Killer
Another chaotic release from these veterans. Good stuff.
|13||Coheed and Cambria|
The Afterman: Descension
Not as good as Ascension, but this still offers all that I love about Coheed. Number City was
one of my favorite songs of the year.
I'm not going to lie, I've only been able to get through the whole album a handful of times,
but after each listen it left me completely floored. It's an exhausting listen though that
doesn't make me want to pick up that often so that's why it's only at 12.
A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee
Black Metal+Post-Rock+Folk=Creamy Goodness
Amazing post-metal with a pretty cool concept. Nowhere near Precambrian but it's still
and incredible listening experience. The instrumental version may actually be better.
The Hands That Thieve
When not comparing it to their past work, THTT is a fun romping ska album that doesn't
disappoint. Unfortunately with a band as renowned as Streetlight Manifesto the
comparisons are going to come. So in a way it's a slight disappointment because of the
lofty expectations but it's still a hell of a fun album and contains all the things we love
about this band.
Crushing, sludgy, and heavy as all hell. This was my first encounter with Ulcerate and I"m
definitely a fan now.
|7||Run the Jewels|
Run the Jewels
Best hip-hop of the year. I hope these guys collaborate a lot more in the future.
|6||My Bloody Valentine|
m b v
Shoegaze legends return with an album they started back in the 90's and show that they still are the
masters. It's not going to be giving Loveless a run for it's money but it's still one of the better
shoegaze albums I've heard in years.
|5||Nine Inch Nails|
Wasn't expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. After the release of How to Destroy Angels
earlier in the year, and enjoying it a lot, I figured Reznor would be tapped out for a while but boy was
I wrong. Hesitation Marks, I think, is the strongest NIN album since fragile. We all know the Reznor
sound by now and it's ever prevalent here, but there's still new stuff he's trying out and for the most
part and it works.
The Underground Resistance
I hadn't listened to much Darkthrone since their classic output in the 90's so giving this a listen
was quite a surprise. There's still the grimy black metal production they are known for, but the
music contains elements of speed, thrash, and classic heavy metal. Idk if it's supposed to be a
homage to their early influences or if it's supposed to be a parody of heavy metal, but all I do
know is Darkthrone makes the kind of music they want on their own terms and what they made
here was a headbanging good time.
|3||Boards of Canada|
Tomorrow's Harvest will inevitably be compared to their earlier work and the general consensus is
that it isn't as good which may be true, but taken by itself, Tomorrow's Harvest was one of the
strongest releases of the year. Their signature sound is ever present but there's something just a
little different about it that doesn't make it feel like you're listening to their earlier releases and that
keeps it fresh in my mind.
When I first heard Sit and Resist I didn't think much of it but Laura has grown on me immensely over
the last couple years and it has culminated with Wheel being ranked so highly here. Wheel, I believe,
shows how her songwriting has matured and that's probably why I enjoy it so much. Excellent
songwriting, combined with her cute vocals, makes for a catchy and surprisingly heartwarming album
that I will be listening to for years to come.
The Raven That Refused to Sing
Wilson has taken elements of those classic 70's prog bands (mainly King Crimson) and crafted the best
album of the year in my opnion. The thing that makes this remarkable is that it sounds like a true band
playing together despite it being a solo outing. Every member of the band has is incredibly talented and gets
time to showcase their skills. I didn't think he'd be able to top Grace for Drowning, and I definitely didn't
think he would do it so quickly, but he has and it has provided the most exciting listening experience of the
year for me.