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Top 20 of 2011 – Bill’s Picks

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to name my favorite albums of 2011. 2011 brought us a lot of good stuff by a lot of great bands. 2011 also brought on a lot of surprises from bands that were really unknown until their material was released or well afterwards. Bandcamp played a huge role in music discovery for me. It turned out hundreds of great albums not only released in 2011 but in years past as well. This list, my favorites as well as honorable mentions, is no way a complete list of what was released this year. There is just to much out there that I don’t either have time to get to, never heard of or won’t discover until well after this year is completely over. I know there’s going to be a few surprises. Let it be known that I listened to a LOT of new albums this year and picking my top 20 out of the hundreds was very hard to do.

20. The Sade – Damned Love – (review) I really didn’t know what to expect when this one came across my desk but I needed to check it out. And check it out I did. I was pretty damn impressed that I listened to the album at least 10 times in a row. In my review I stated “The majority of the album is all alchchol fueled hard rock. Throughout my listening of the album I couldn’t help but think that this is what Social Distortion may sound like if they were more rooted in 70′s hard rock as opposed to their punk roots.” Granted it’s been a few months since I’ve listened to it, it still has a strong spot in my top 20.

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Review – Birth of Joy – Birth of Joy

Birth of Joy was one of those bands I discovered in my many adventures on the WWW. The band is from the Netherlands and are a 3 piece who describes themselves as a “Power Organ Rock Trio.” Their description of their music is “Pumping drums, raw guitars and a supercharged organ makes Birth of Joy a chemistry you can’t deny.”

The album is a trip back in time to about the late 60’s throughout the mid 70’s. They have a sound that can be compared to The Doors. In fact, the song “Motel Money A Way,” vocalist Kevin Stunnenberg belts out the lyrics like a hyped Jim Morrison. The use of the organ throughout makes for an easy comparison. Listening to them though, they are far from being clones of The Doors. They are more of a garage rock band but play a lot of psychedelic blues.  “Drink The Cup” is a more mellow song and light hearted song but does have some belting out towards the end as the song speeds up to come to (more…)