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|Nagrarok's Top 25 Albums Of 2011|
Wasting Light was a terrific comeback for the Foo Fighters, having made a loud and clear statement with 'White Limo' before it came out, and actually living up to it in the end. Roughing up the production and writing a no-filler album, the Foos managed to properly rock again while still keeping their familiar traits. It's hardly flawless, but it surely is the thing I enjoyed most in '11.
|2||Florence and the Machine|
Lungs was already a pretty damn good debut, but Florence Welch somehow avoided the notorious pitfall, crafting something even more impressive here. And she can sing.
Following up Mean Everything to Nothing with even stronger songwriting, this band shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
With a very capable vocalist and their unique, bass-less sound, The Jezabels set a proper mark for themselves with their first full-length.
Swedish retro-prog that has no trouble referencing the old giants, but definitely stands on its own, packing a colourful sound.
Keep You Close
Following closely after Sweden is Belgium, where native band dEUS was also responsible for a great progressive album.
|7||Laura Stevenson and the Cans|
Beautiful and passionate, though I'm not going as far as to call it the best thing ever.
Simon & Garfunkel-esque vocal melodies win you bonus points.
It's easy enough to love this sweet and simple music.
At Her Majesty's Pleasure
With hard rocking cuts like 'Living in Sin Again', 'Midnight Crawler', and 'Into the Haze', Gentlemans Pistols aren't just another so-so revival band. Quite ravishing indeed.
This stuff also rawks hard.
Wars of the Roses
I have yet to hear Ulver's black metal origins, but for now I know I'm very much enjoying this.
Another young band with a new take.
|14||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher finally quits Oasis and proceeds to make the best Oasis record in quite some time.
|15||The War on Drugs|
Wrapping up Dylan and Springsteen into alt rock, or something like that at least.
What Akerfeldt and company did here is no surprise; in fact it could have happened sooner considering their huge old-school prog influences. Didn't work out quite as well as I hoped it could, but still deserving of its spot.
Amon Amarth being themselves, which means creating a very solid metal album.
|18||The Black Keys|
Not quite improving on Brothers but not letting down anything either, The Black Keys also did what they do best.
Warriors of Ice
Live album or not, it's on here; Voivod performing thrash with passion.
50 Words for Snow
Apart from the inconsistency caused by 'Wild Man', 50 Words for Snow is a success for Kate Bush, an impressive feat that most artists at the same point in their career cannot hope or dare not try to make.
So what if it's more commercially viable?
Build a Rocket Boys!
Build a Rocket Boys! doesn't succeed at every point, but when it does, it can be magnificent, especially so during the opening duo of 'The Birds' and 'Lippy Kids'.
'City authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead
are rising from the graves and attacking the living.'
Suck it and See
Could use some tempo. Better than Humbug though.
Sounds of a Playground Fading
They were better when they were still making melodic death metal, but they're getting better at what they're doing now.
|About time, I thought.|
|nice list Nag surprised 23 is that low|
|sweet list |
|Yeah Hans, unfortunately it did grow off me slightly.|
|Since when is 6 prog ;]|
|^actually I was thinking whether it should be considered prog or not ;)|
|1, 2, 5, 10 and 11 are all amazing. Great list.|
|According to Jethro they are 'experimental rock' in their early years and now they are like... alt rock|
I guess :p
On another note: have you listened to a lot of DM this year or are you only into melodic DM?
|Always prefer the melodic/progressive part to go with the death metal, so not really.|
|Hah, you should check out the new Insomnium then :]|
|Will do, no doubt I have missed some great releases, can't keep up with everything.|
|You also haven't heard my favorite record of the year. Otherwise it'd be on here. Haha.|
|Awesome list Nag, 1, 2 and 13 made my top 10. Good to see Elbow too, even though I didn't particularly like that record. Lippy Kids is magnificent.|
|pretty good list|
|Fuck yea nag 5 ruled.|
|great to see more support for 5|
|Number 1 was such a shocker, wasn't it!? Excellent write up and picks, Nag |
|I've no idea what my number 1 was but 'Wasting Light' and 'Suck it and See' where definitley up there. good choices.|
|dEUS = prog? Confused...|
Fucking terrific list though, a lot of my favorites are on here, props!
|Thanks everyone, and thanks for the feature Dev!|
'You also haven't heard my favorite record of the year. Otherwise it'd be on here. Haha.'
3 of these ended up here by your reviews though ;)
'dEUS = prog? Confused...'
Yeah, I knew prog wasn't really the right term for it but I had no idea what to call it exactly; would edit but that will screw up a couple of covers.
|Have you heard Steve Hackett's new album Nag?|
|No, it's one of those albums that I wanted to listen to but couldn't find the time for anymore at the end of the year.|
|Since your top 4 are all in my top 10, I kinda have no option but to call you a great judge Nag.|
|^I see my 2, 3, 4 are your 3, 2, 4, cheers to that.|
|Yeah, well, I'm not gonna be too harsh on you for getting Florence & ManchOrch the wrong way around. LOL!|
|Varied and refreshing list, mate. 1,2,3,5,6,10,11,16 and 20 all figure in my own list. I'm interested
in giving a go to most of the rest at some point. Btw, just like Ty mentioned, I wouldn't consider
dEUS a Prog band although it's assuredly Art Rock on the edge. |
|Surprising #1, but great list all around.|
|'Varied and refreshing list, mate. 1,2,3,5,6,10,11,16 and 20 all figure in my own list. I'm interested in giving a go to most of the rest at some point.'|
Cheers Jethro, we were bound to have some in common, really ;)
'Surprising #1, but great list all around.'
Thanks Irving, but what makes it so surprising?
|Surtur Rising makes me want to destroy the world. |
|Amon Amarth makes me want to go pillage a village at any given moment. Great list, I must say.|
|Lucky me that this got bumped, otherwise I would've missed this list. Good to see you put one out too, Nag, I was afraid you've left us alltogether. 11, 23 and 25 made my list as well. I didn't get to Mastodon because I was lazy and I completely forgot that The Foo's put out a record last year.|
|Black metal Ulver is a MUST:)|