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2011: First Half (yes, This Shit Again)

First half of 2011 is over, and after checking up some albums I had missed, here is my ranking rfor the first half.
40The Decemberists
The King is Dead


One album has to end up last on a list like this, but in this case it's still a good album.
39Protest the Hero
Scurrilous


Has some good music, but the vocals drag it down for me. I haven't heard their other stuff, so obviously it may sound much better with harsher vocals from this guy, but the clean vocals didn't quite "fit" with the somewhat heavier music, IMO.
38Destroyer
Kaputt


Bit of a let down to be honest, seen a lot of praise for it, didn't quite live up to that.
37Her Name is Calla
Maw


Really good release, though being more like a very short EP then an album. Solid all the way through.
36 Bright Eyes
The People's Key


Solid album, though I think it's slightly overrated when I see other people praise it. It's good, but none of the songs stand out as being really great IMO.
35Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


Might be low to some, but honestly.. this year has just been so good this far. Beth/Rest is the song that drags down the album for me, I don't like the sort of cheesy-tone it has, and if it hadn't been for that song, this album might have been 15 places higher. The rest of the album is very good though.
34Explosions In the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care


Very solid album, not bad at all, only dragged down a bit for being slightly repetitive at parts. I still enjoy it.
33Gang Gang Dance
Eye Contact


Very unique music, haven't heard anything like this before, and it will need more spins from my side.
32Dredg
Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy


This album has me kinda mixed. On one hand, I do like all the songs, and I can't say that any of the songs are bad. On the other hand, none (or few at least) of the songs stand out as being GREAT like the band's earlier work. It's just a fairly forgettable album.
31Adele
21


Normally not my type of music, but unlike similar singers like Duffy, Adele manages to make the music interesting to me. "Rolling In the Deep" is already overplayed as hell, but the rest of the album has some good songs.
30City and Colour
Little Hell


Seen lots of good reviews of this one, had to check it out. Very solid album.
29...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Tao of the Dead


Another new band for me this year. Cool mix of progressive elements and Indie/Alternative Rock, the result is a record that keeps me hooked all the way through.
28Thomas Giles
Pulse


Love the variety this album offers. Anything from "Medic" to "Scared", to "Reverb Island", this album is an interesting journey.
27Lykke Li
Wounded Rhymes


Another artist I hadn't heard before this year, but she is very unique and has her own sound. This album is great, and I get why people compare her to Bj?rk.
26Cunninlynguists
Oneirology


I'm not normally into hiphop/rap-music, but this album is very good.
25James Blake
James Blake


Another very impressive release of this year, I really dig the style of this album.
24 Buckethead
It's Alive


Had not heard this guy before, but I was really impressed by this. Cool mix of avant-garde and a lot of other styles, I know he has a huge discography though, so kinda lost on where to start.
23Radiohead
The King of Limbs


Bit of a let down. It is still a very good album all the way through, but very few songs stand out as having that potential 'classic'-status. Lotus Flower and Codex perhaps.
22The Devin Townsend Project
Deconstruction


Oh glorious cheeseburger we bow to thee. The secrets of the universe lies between the buns.
21Mogwai
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will


I've heard that a lot of people have a hard time getting into this. It makes me sad, because I prefer this over "The Hawk is Howling", and it is a fantastic album overall. It also has "White Noise" which has become my favorite Mogwai-song.
20Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues


So this is an EP and not an album. "Specular Reflection" might be one of my favorite songs by the band, and the rest of the EP is very good as well.
19Riverside
Memories In My Head


So this is another EP, but it's a fantastic one. All three songs are really good, and I can't wait for another album.
18Codes In the Clouds
As the Spirit Wanes


Another fantastic Post-Rock band I discovered this year. Remind me a bit of Explosions in the Sky, but less repetitive. EitS can easily become very "samey" for me, and that is the reason why I can't listen to them much in a row.
17Sarah Fimm
Near Infinite Possibility


Very good and solid album, not a single bad song on it. Was more rock-ish then I had expected, but now I have to check out Nexus.
16WU LYF
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain


Very unique music, that I couldn't possibly find a suiting genre for. This album was a really positive surprise, and in the end of 2011, it might be even higher on the list.
15PJ Harvey
Let England Shake


Had not heard PJ Harvey before, but her voice complemented the music in a good way, and I will check out more.
14Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist


Another fantastic release, not much more to say.
13Unexpect
Fables of the Sleepless Empire


"In a Flesh Aquarium" was too hard for me to get into because of all the chaos, but this album is more... calm, I guess. Kinda like if someone gave Unexpect horse-tranquilizer and they wrote this album while being very sleepy. I really like it.
12Swarms
Old Raves End


Another album that is kinda hard for me to place genre-wise. No matter what genre it is, I really like this.
11Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972


This is kinda creepy and haunting at the same time, I love ambient-type of music, and I love this.
10Amplifier
The Octopus


People might argue that this album should be a 2010-release, but it wasn't released in stores until 2011, so I count it as that. Wonderful double-album, lots of variety and lots of great songs.
9Eisley
The Valley


Really good and really catchy album, love those melodies.
8Ulver
Wars of the Roses


This album is just quality throughout. Not a single bad song and with many really good ones. "Stone Angels" is probably the most pretentious song they've done, but it is also my favorite on the album.
7The Devin Townsend Project
Ghost


One of the most laid-back albums I've heard, this is kind of the typical album if you have a headache or a hungover, and just want something atmospheric. Love those flutes.
6Maybeshewill
I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone


Post-Rock can be sort of hit or miss sometimes, even though it's one of my favorite genres. This band/album really impressed me, it had variety but also quality.
5Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors


I heard "Dance of the Manatee" a year ago and really digged the song, however I did not check out the band further. After being blown away by this album, I really should check them out more.
4Blackfield
Welcome to my DNA


Despite what many others think, I love this album. It has everything that makes Blackfield so good, yeah the lyrics to "Go to Hell" aren't good, but musically it's a great song, and the rest of the album is just so good that it couldn't have ended up lower.
3Stateless
Matilda


Had not heard this band before, but this album is just amazing.
2 Petter Carlsen
Clocks Don't Count


Sadly this is a guy who isn't that well known yet, but hopefully people will check out this album. Very atmospheric and catchy rock/pop-music, a lot of melodies similar to Anathema, overall a fantastic album.
1The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


Even though there are a few songs that get's repeated a bit too much, and some songs not being AS good as the rest, this is still 2 ? hours of brilliant music.
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