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2011: Favourite Albums

Wow, what a year, huh? This list has almost double the amount of ralbums from last years, and that's not including a huge chunk of stuff I rabsolutely loved. 2012 has a lot to live up to.
Empty Days And Sleepless Nights

This is my most listened to album for 2011. It's another brilliant release from
Defeater which only further places them on the top shelf of modern Hardcore.
It's not a perfect record, but it's the one I've kept coming back to over the past
year and in some cases, it's helped me through some low points this year. And
contrary to basically everyone else, I think the acoustic tracks are a nice
addition, and not simply tacked on for good measure.
Top Track: Waves Crash, Clouds Roll
2La Dispute

'Somewhere...' is one of my favourite ever albums, so I went into this with high
hopes. It doesn't disappoint. It takes a slightly different approach, and they
don't try and outdo themselves. I like how they didn't try to make another
'Somewhere...', as they'd probably end up having it forcibly compared.
Top Track: King Park
3The Mountain Goats
All Eternals Deck

Inevitable, there was always going to be that album which 'is really fucking good
but I can't really describe why in a justifiable manner'. You'll have to listen for
yourself. This is easily Darnielle's best record since 'The Sunset Tree'.
Top Track: Liza Forever Minnelli
The Current Will Carry Us

Who says Metalcore can't be good? Not only does this act as a how-to guide for
most "core" bands these days, it also tells an openly honest and emotional
story. One which I am able to relate to on a personal level. It really speaks to
me, as cliche' as that sounds.
Top Track: Reflection
5Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

I'm gonna come out and say that this is better than For Emma. I know most
Iver fans will disagree, but this album is so close to being perfect it's ridiculous.
Top Track: Perth
Old Raves End

It's a challenge to make ambient music that is engaging enough to not fly over
your head, unnoticed. Swarms succeeds in every way.
Top Track: Sky Below Sea

One of my favourite hardcore releases this year. This band is going to go far, I
can tell.
Top Track: Solitary
8Will Haven
Voir Dire

A sadly unheard of band, but this might just be their best release yet. Heavy,
and atmospheric, it rivals that of 'Carpe Diem'.
Top Track: Mida's Secret

I wasn't a huge fan of either 'Yellow Belly' or 'Anthology' during the pre-release
of the album, but like all of Thrice's work, it quickly grew on me. Another
fantastic outing.
Top Track: Words In The Water
10Russian Circles

My love for this band increased tenfold after seeing them live in August. Empros
captures their live presence and puts it on record. Simply overflowing with
Top Track: Ml?dek
11Wolves In The Throne Room
Celestial Lineage

It doesn't have an epic track like 'I Will Lay My Bones...' or 'A Looming
Resonance' but taken as a whole, provides an extraordinary listening
Top Track: Thuja Magus Imperium
Build A Rocket Boys!

It's no Seldom Seen Kid, but it's close. And you just can't say no to a band
whose lead singer looks like a bear.
Top Track: Lippy Kids
13Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

A brilliant record with a 'Folky' feel to it, which not only gives it its sound, but an
atmosphere as well. Superb.
Top Track: The Shrine/An Argument
14Septic Flesh
The Great Mass

Whether or not this is better than Communion is a sheer matter of opinion. One
thing for sure is that they still know how to write huge, orchestral masterpieces.
Top Track: Oceans Of Grey
15The Human Abstract
Digital Veil

A fantastic return to form after the godawful Midheaven. Technical, heavy and
Top Track: Antebellum
16Born Of Osiris
The Discovery

Another great release from a otherwise average band. Phenomenal guitar work,
as well as intelligently placed keyboard and synth which adds a whole other
dimension to the record.
Top Track: Recreate
17The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne

I never really liked these guys until Zombie, and this just expanded on their
intelligent songwriting. Not a brilliant album overall, but you've got to give them
credit for how drastically they've improved by comparison.
Top Track: Born To Lose
18Down I Go

A fantastic final outing for these guys. Short, but to the point.
Top Track: Poseidon
19Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving
Deaden The Fields

While slightly different sounding than their EP, still a really impressive Post-Rock
record, with enough of that edge to make it stand out.
Top Track: Deep Rivers Run Quiet
20Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

It can sometimes lose track of itself in some parts but I don't really mind that.
It shows Touche Amore evolving even more so.
Top Track: Condolences
21James Blake
James Blake

Do I really have to explain? Klavierwerke was great, and so is this.
Top Track: I Never Learnt To Share
22Tyler, The Creator

A deep, emotional and psychological trip into the mind of Tyler. What initially
comes off as a generic rap album, soon turns into one of many layers and
Top Track: Yonkers
23Between The Buried And Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

I've noticed that some sections sound eerily similar to some of their older
material (the Augment Of Rebirth/Ants Of The Sky intro comparison is a little
too close for comfort) but it just goes to show that their material is very flexible.
Top Track: Lunar Wilderness
The Hunter

While somewhat a departure, this is another fantastic release from one of the
most consistent metal bands out there.
Top Track: Spectrelight
Edge Of The Earth

Heavy, Melodic, and just generally invigorating. An absolute monster of an
Top Track: From The Edge Of The Earth
26The Jezabels

You'd think after consecutively releasing three EP's, they would take a breather
when it came to writing their first full-length. I guess they didn't need to.
Top Track: Catch Me
Carbon-Based Anatomy

Disappointing that half of the tracks are merely short interludes but it's just as
well that they flow together so well when played as a whole.
Top Track: Box Up My Bones
28Youth Lagoon
The Year Of Hibernation

The soundtrack to a lazy, sunny afternoon. Serene, even somewhat hypnotic,
music. Just beautiful.
Top Track: Montana
29 Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm With You

I'm quite a big Chili Peppers fan, so this was a welcome surprise. Doesn't stray
too far from their formula, but they definitely haven't run out of ideas yet.
Top Track: Did I Let You Know
Making Mirrors

Not very well known outside of Australia, but it basically took our country by
storm during its release. Well deserved of the various ARIA nominations/wins.
Top Track: Somebody That I Used To Know
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