Top 5 Albums of 2011
Lights – Siberia
Siberia is what I always wanted from Lights. It’s a far more mature album with a darker tone and minus the auto-tune. It’s okay to skip the previous album because Siberia trumps it in every way. Lights found the groove she is better suited for and I’ll never look back.
Darren Korb – Bastion Original Soundtrack
Bastion is a wonderful game, but the soundtrack holds its own too. Darren Korb’s “acoustic frontier trip-hop” is unlike anything I’ve heard. The soundtrack from front to back is constantly moving at a tight pace dropping twangy guitar riffs and thick percussion beats left and right. Bastion’s soundtrack imprints a signature style that most other games skip, it cannot be overlooked.
The Color Morale – My Devil In Your Eyes
The joys of finding a new band to listen to are twofold when it’s not just the one popular song on YouTube that keeps you listening. And while My Devil In Your Eyes has a few eye-rolling metalcore moments, Garret Rapp’s vocals clean it up. It’s a grungier melodic sound, a dirtier, slower paced August Burns Red if you will. It’s clear The Color Morale have something special here.
Panic! At The Disco – Vices & Virtues
Panic! At The Disco’s third album Vices & Virtues has the kind of swagger that you wouldn’t expect coming from a band that was once a four-piece. It grabs the good parts out of old Panic! At The Disco–namely, the energy–and kneads them into a matured modern pop rock sound. The lyrics are twisted and the sound is constantly catchy. Vices & Virtues is a successful comeback and their best album to date.
Of Mice & Men – The Flood
It’s hard to sound different among most of the other metalcore bands out there. Of Mice & Men just barely did it with their self-titled debut. Luckily, they nearly threw out every direction they were seemingly going for and produced a much more savage and ruthless sound for The Flood. Everything hits hard until Shayley Bourget’s vocals weave through the sound and bring it all together. The Flood is metalcore at its best and is a non-stop joy to listen to.
These are good too
Woe, is Me – Vengeance
Memphis May Fire – The Sinner
Oh, Sleeper – Dealers Of Flame
I Set My Friends On Fire – It Comes Naturally
D.R.U.G.S – The Only Thing You Talk About
Maniac Robot – Is Gone
As I Lay Dying – Paralyzed and Confined (Kelly “Carnage” Cairn Remix)–sorry no video!
Kreayshawn – Gucci, Gucci