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Samshine In 2011

Happy New Years Sput! Hope you guys had some awesome nights rout over these past holidays. Here is my top 15 of 2011. May your rbest day of 2011 be your worst in 2012!
1Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist


Coming from someone who absolutely hates lead female vocals, i was blown away by Stevenson. I guess this album just kind of hit me in a way that i can?t really explain. Although some people may percieve this album as ?cutesy? for the first couple of listens, there is nothing but raw power and passion behind her vocals. I have yet to check out her EPs. Lyrically, Stevenson has a gift for turning the mundane into something honest and appealing.
2Fair To Midland
Arrows and Anchors


Fair to Midland has created one of the most catchiest, ?as awkward as it is awesome? albums of the year. From tongue twisting ?Rikki Tikki Tavi? to the good times screaming ?Uh Oh? at the top of my lungs with friends in my shitty ass car, this album has been a must play through out the year.
3Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math


Don't ask me why I like this so much, i just do.
4City and Colour
Little Hell


Following the split of one of my favourite bands, this album was released. Dallas once again, did not fail to impress me. His clean vocals fit without explanation in the pieces he has created. By adding different instruments, it gets rid of the whole ?me and the guitar? but in a way that works for him... i?ll be jumping back into this album for the first month of 2012 pre and post show.
5La Dispute
Wildlife


Of course, I was looking forward to La Dispute?s 2011 release of Wildlife for a good chunk of time before it came out. They?ve combined the ambient feel from their EP Here, Hear and mixed it with the tenacity from Somewhere at the bottom of the River.. to create yet another solid album. This abum is not really one you can relate to, but one that you can understand. The guitars are loud, raw and powerful to build up the climax through out many tracks, but they can often be found through out the album in a more suttle fashion. Through out this album, it feels as tho i?m not listening but in fact watching a movie by the way Jordan controls his vocals.
6Explosions in the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care


Explosions In The Sky have long been my 'favourite' post rock band, or at least one of them. 'Take Care, Take Care Take Care' (or 'TC3' for those with an aversion to carpal tunnel) does not deliver much of the unexpected for this band, but they take their existing cinematic sound and do some beautiful things with it 'Last Known Surroundings' and 'Human Qualities' are two of the most beautiful songs I have heard this year. This is up there for favourite post rock album of 2011.
7 Charts & Maps
Dead Horse


This is an album that took me by surprise. Finding it pretty late into the year, I went into it under the impression that it would be 'another post rock album', but for once in my life, I was wrong. Here is an album that blends styles so well that I can't see the seams between them; a wonderful collision between jazz and post-rock. Awesome saxophone work over atmospheric rock soundscapes. Dig it.
8Mastodon
The Hunter


I have not been a big fan of Mastodon in the past. While they have many aspects in their sound that I like and appreciate, it does not come together to make something that I have ever felt that I connect with. Take that and pair it with the news that Mastodon was simplifying their sound, and I had basically already written off Mastodon's new album before it was released. Although they have focused more on conventional song structures here, Mastodon have not dumbed down their sound as I feared they would. Instead, their psychedelic tinge flourishes with a more concise sound and stronger songwriting. If they combine this passion with their complexity on 'Crack The Skye' next time, I think it will make for a total masterpiece.
9 Devin Townsend Project
Deconstruction


Devin Townsend is in my favourite artists of all time, but to be honest, I was not very enthusiastic about 'Deconstruction' when I first heard it. I thought that despite its high production values, it lacked dynamic to a painful degree, and became difficult to enjoy consistently as a result. 'Deconstruction' has grown on me, as an album of that complexity tends to do. Not my favourite of the year, or of Devin's career, but it's very interesting and deserves several listens to properly get into it.
10Nujabes
Spiritual State
11Pianos Become The Teeth
The Lack Long After
12Thursday
No Devolucion
13 Andrew Jackson Jahad
Knife Man
14 Touche Amore
Parting the Seas Between Brightness and Me
15And So I Watch You From Afar
Gangs
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