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2011 In Butkuiss

Butkuiss' 2011 awards show!
1 2011
Top 10 Albums

My favourite albums released in 2011, ranked.
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights

At first it was cool to overhype, now it's cool to claim its an overrated album. Still, Empty Days and Sleepless Nights is one of the most honest, versatile and emotional albums I've heard in a long time. What more can you expect from Defeater, anyway?
3Guitar Party

The last recorded work that features the now-deceased Michael 'Eyedea' Larsen (R.I.P.) A bit different for most of Eye's fans, the psychedelic shoegaze freakouts found on Birthday are punctuated by its most striking feature-vocals recorded purely by a seven year old girl. Unique, energetic, amazing and just a little bit saddening.
4The Jezabels

Amazing Australian band, full of soul and passion, their own unique sound, and goddamnit, they're charming too. You've all heard them.
Mare Decendrii

Poignant, uplifting, frightening, spiritual, haunting. But what more can you expect from something Aaron Turner has worked on? Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner make beautiful music.
6Evan Brewer

Rounding out the top 5 is Alone. By golly, can Evan play bass. As a bassist, this album simultaneously put me to shame and made me explode with several eargasms. Dude has massive chops.
No Devolucion

The band's best work, and a perfect sendoff for their stellar career. A great leap forward from previous works, the range, sonic texture and songwriting skills displayed by Thursday here are second to none.

Kno's back producing again, and he's at the top of his form. So too, Natti and Deacon's rhymes are beautiful. Easily beat out Hail Mary Mallon for best hip-hop release of the year.

It's like Pink Floyd had babies with Meshuggah! Forward-thinking, epic progressive metal with heapings of groove, and Dan's angelic voice. He brought something special to the band, and will be missed. Worth the wait.
Also, djentastic.
10 M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

Okay, so it can be a bit overlong. But I'll be damned if Midnight City isn't one of the catchiest songs released in 2011. The rest of the album follows suit. Great work again from those sneaky Frenchmen.
11 Times of Grace
Hymn of a Broken Man

Okay, so the nostalgia factor here is very high. Not a groundbreaking album, but it can't be denied that Jesse Leach and Adam D.'s reunion was one of the most awaited events in modern metal. The songwriting is more of the same, but coupled with Jesse's angelic voice and the duo's undeniable passion, Hymn of a Broken Man comes out as one of the most fun, most enjoyable, most nostalgic albums of 2011. The lack of brodowns is also appreciated.
12 2011
Top 3 EPs

2011 EPs, ranked.
13The Empire Shall Fall
Solar Plexus

A saxophone in a metal song!? Easily one of the best metal releases all year. TESF's forward-thinking yet still easily enjoyable brand of Meshuggah-influenced prog-metalcore-cum-jazz fusion is only getting better as the years go by.
Street Halo

C'mon, you all loved it. Bevan strikes again. The title track and Stolen Dog are more instant classics in his stellar catalogue.
15Delusion Twin
A Damaged Machine

I reviewed this release personally here on the site. A great debut EP from a young, talented musician who is sure to make waves in the Australian music scene in the next few years.
16 2011
Top 10 Most Played

My top 10 most played albums in 2011 (Outside of my overall top 10, of course).
A Determinism of Morality

Also gets the award for "Album I should have realised was awesome in 2010 but didn't get around to till 2011". A controversial change of style, but ADOM, in my opinion, is both Rosetta's finest and most original work. Can't wait for their documentary.

This one also takes said award. Their blend of hardcore punk, classic blues-influenced hard rock and black metal is the ballsiest, most rockin' thing to come out of Norway since the vikings. Psyched to see them in February. It takes guts to put the riff to Foxey Lady in one of your songs, and pull it off WELL no less.
19Limp Bizkit
Gold Cobra

It's not a good album. In fact, it's incredibly tacky. But that's part of its charm, and for those of us who grew up listening to Fred Durst rant about whatever crossed his pea-sized noggin while Wes Borland chugged away on the D string, it's all we need.
20PJ Harvey
White Chalk

Intensely beautiful, and emotionally afflicting.

Maybe it's something to do with finding an engraved copy of this LP in a local record store bargain bin, but this album is impossible to stop listening to. Featuring guests such as Aaron Turner from Isis, as well as members of Cave-In and SunnO))), Tracey Wilson's odd combination of indie electronica, shoegaze, and avant-noise experimentation is as charming as it is pretty.
El Cielo

It took a while to click, but by god, when it does, it's a bloody amazing album. Psyched to see them in Feb.
23Eyedea & Abilities
By The Throat

A little nostalgia for our fallen comrade. Not exactly his most popular album, but I absolutely adore it.
24Dirty Three
Ocean Songs

Deep Waters may be one of the best Australian songs ever written. Hard to believe only three people can make such beautiful music.
25 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

A constant favourite, and the pinnacle of what music should be.
26Protest the Hero

A surprise inclusion for me. Their best work. Arif and Rody are two of the most technically proficient musicians in modern rock.
27 2011
Top 10 Discoveries

Albums that weren't released in 2011/didn't make the year's most played list, but still had a massive impact on my listening or how I view music. Ranked.
28Face Candy
This is Where We Were

Freestyle Jazz!? Freestyle hip-hop!? LIVE?! Stellar. Another one of Eyedea's best records, and strikingly unique in atmosphere and attitude.
29Gang of Four

Nevermind that they put on one of the greatest live shows I've seen. Entertainment! is a great slice of basstastic late-70s post-punk. Well thought-out political lyrics and songwriting are two of its hallmarks.
30The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead

The only thing that needs explanation is how and why it took me so long to get into The Smiths.

See the description for The Smiths, but replace every instance of "Smiths" with "Pixies".
32The Doors
The Doors

Rock N' Roll, as it should be.
33Cocteau Twins

Pretty, beautiful, majestic and dreamy. Easy to see how Cocteau Twins influenced the shoegaze movement with this album.
34The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses

A hallmark of late-80s alternative rock. Crazy, British, dreamy-everything you could ever want.
35 The Who
Who's Next

Rock N' Roll, as it again should be, with the added distinction of having a bassist for once perform with such technicality and grace that they become a modern legend. Unmatchable.
36Arcade Fire

So I'm late to the party. Shoot me.
37The Clash
London Calling

You know an album is a classic when you realise halfway through your first listen that you already know half the songs.
38 2011
Best Local/Underground Australian Album

The title says it all.
39Quiet Child

The voice of an angel, catchy, hook-ridden alt/prog rock, and a live atmosphere matched by none.
40 2011
Disappointment of the year

Title says it all!
41All Shall Perish
This Is Where It Ends

The first three tracks might be solid, but everything afterwards is purely forgettable.
42 2011
Honourable Mentions

Albums that didn't quite make it, but still deserve a mention.
43Kimya Dawson
Thunder Thighs

Kimya collaborating with Aesop Rock!? Who would have thunk it!?
44Touche Amore
Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

Another great performance by the Sex Bolm, even if not up to the standard of their past works.
45Uneven Structure

An ambitious attempt for a first album. It's great, but not a classic.
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