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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 – The Mud Suns – The Hundredth Monkey

I recently discovered and introduced The Mud Suns and was really blown away by their sound. The band submitted their 2011 release The Hundredth Monkey for review and I can sum it up in one word. Simply Amazing. Ok that was two but I needed to really stress out the “Amazing” part.

The Hundreth Monkey is, just as I said, a simply amazing album. It’s fine hard and blues rock. It’s super charged and filled with adrenaline. Songs like the opener “Something to Say,” Paperful of Mouth” and “Loudermilk” get rough and right on you while other songs like “Halfway Up A Tree” and “Dead and Gone” offer up a bit more of a mellower sound. At times this album sounds like it could be an American version of The Brain Police with a focus more on blues rock. It’s all because of Chadd Mattison’s vocals. (more…)