Yep another one of these. Some really fantastic stuff came out this year and here are my top 50 ranked.
|49||The Boxer Rebellion|
The Cold Still
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light (Volume 1)
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
|45||The Black Keys|
Wars of the Roses
|41||Devin Townsend Project|
Unto the Locust
I was Here for a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Space is Only Noise
|33||Devin Townsend Project|
|32|| ||Protest the Hero|
|30||Laura Stevenson and the Cans|
Sweet indie pop/rock stuff that I am pretty surprised I enjoyed so much. I love her voice.
|29||The Flight of Sleipnir|
Essence of Nine
Cool mix of folk, psychadelic, and black metal.
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
More of the same from these guys. Epic in every sense of the word. Some may dislike the lack of originality here but when you do something so well why change it?
Look Up There
This album reaffirms my mancrush on Buckethead. Two long jams showcasing his phenomenal lead guitar work.
England Keep My Bones
Only recently listened to this and absolutely enjoyed it. If I'd gotten this earlier in the year it probably would have ended up higher.
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
I enjoyed the contrast between the harder hitting hardcore songs and the acoustic ones. Also White Knuckles freaking owns.
A pretty haunting electronica album that conveys some pretty intense emotions I usually don't associate with this style of music.
|23||City and Colour|
I'm gay for his voice. Best City and Colour album by far.
Not unlike Pelican, but better imo.
|21||Falls of Rauros|
The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood
Pussy-post-cascadian-folkened black metal. Good stuff.
The King is Dead
God I must have listened to this a thousand times over the summer. One of the few bands my friends and I can agree are awesome. Down by the Water was probably my most listened to song this year.
Old Raves End
It's hard for me to describe electronic albums but this is pretty keen.
|18||Scale the Summit|
These guys are incredible musicians that makes for a very entertaining listen.
The King of Limbs
I must admit I didn't much care for this when I first heard but of course, as with most Radiohead albums, it grew on me and now I seem to be listening to it more and more often.
Heavy Rocks II
Face melting stoner metal jams. Their best album of the year by far.
|15||The War on Drugs|
A very unique take on americana with some shoegaze elements thrown into the mix. Very original idea that is executed extremely well.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Incredible new direction taken here. If For Emma was identified with winter this most assuredly would be identified with Sping.
Grace for Drowning
The album Opeth wishes they could make.
|12||Bomb the Music Industry!|
Great album that still shows their energy while showing a more mature style of songwriting.
Funerals from the Astral Sphere
A double album of atmospheric black metal. It's pretty long but is very hypnotic and is executed extremely well. Nice mix of softer, ambient moments with straight up black metal.
Just a fuckin hard rocking, beer drinking, head banging good time. They didn't get caught up in bizzare concepts and even more bizarre experimentation and just rock out.
...and so we destroyed everything
Gives hope for post-rock just when you start to think there's nothing more the genre is capable of.
Best hip hop album of the year.
Their consistency in quality releases is really quite remarkable and they leave us with another winner. I look at this as a somewhat heavier version of Beggars but it still has those jaw dropping moments in songs like Anthology and Words in the Water.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Recreates that feeling of childlike wonder we seem to lose as we get older. Fun album and Midnight City is one of the best songs of the year.
Seems like most Foo Fighters albums have a few gems on them and a lot of filler. Well this cut all the filler and we're left only with all the things we love about them. Mainstream rock done right.
Only heard this recently but I think it deserves being this high up. Incredibley well executed thrash with a pterodactyl sounding vocalist. m/
It's no Mean Everything to Nothing but it's still fantastic in its own right. The song Simple Math is the best song they've ever done.
|2||Andrew Jackson Jihad|
This album hit hard with me during a pretty rough time in my life. It's clever, humerous, emotional, and everything in between.
|1||The Dear Hunter|
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
One of the most impressive releases in recent memory and they pull it off with flying colors.