Matthijs van der Lee

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Nagrarok's Top 25 Albums Of 2011
1Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

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.
2Florence 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.
3Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Following up Mean Everything to Nothing with even stronger songwriting, this band shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
4The Jezabels

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.
7Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist

Beautiful and passionate, though I'm not going as far as to call it the best thing ever.
8Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

Simon & Garfunkel-esque vocal melodies win you bonus points.
The Valley

It's easy enough to love this sweet and simple music.
10Gentlemans Pistols
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.
13Wild Beasts

Another young band with a new take.
14Noel 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.
15The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient

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.
17Amon Amarth
Surtur Rising

Amon Amarth being themselves, which means creating a very solid metal album.
18The Black Keys
El Camino

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.
20Kate Bush
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.
The Hunter

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'.
Worship Music

'City authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead
are rising from the graves and attacking the living.'
24Arctic Monkeys
Suck it and See

Could use some tempo. Better than Humbug though.
25In Flames
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.
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