Bret’s Top Picks of 2011

BRET’S RAMBLINGS

Bret Miller’s Favorite Albums of 2011

Great year for bands made up of  one or a few guys and a bunch of keyboards from the likes of M83, Amtrac, Warm Ghost and The Bird Day.

Also, much progressive noise coming from the likes of Opeth and 3, Machine Head getting better and better,  wonderful music made by electronic acts like Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers, retro New Wave on the Drive OST.

Big guitars from Shade, Moonbell and Dead Twins, Gang of Four still sounding angry and angular, Cynic, the biggest surprise of the year with their melodic and spacey compositions.

Then there’s Megadeth’s first album in a decade with founding bassist David Ellefson, sounding grounded and strong, Rush documenting their Time Machine Tour with a performance of Moving Pictures in its entirety, the first time I and thousands of others have heard songs like “Camera Eye” and “Vital Signs” played live.

See these bands live, buy their albums, support new music, spread the word!

OK, I can’t stop at ten albums. This is what has rocked my world for the past 12 months:

(In no particular order)

3 “The Ghost You Gave Me”

Opeth “Heritage”

Rush “Time Machine Live”

Machine Head “Unto The Locust”

Warm Ghost “Narrows”

Dead Twins “Polarized”

Various Artists “Drive OST”

Cynic “Carbon-Based Anatomy”

M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

Junius “Reports From The Threshold of Death”

The Bird Day “Fed Off”

Moonbell “Figurine EP”

Robert Miles “Thirteen”

Elbow “Build a Rocket Boys”

“Chemical Brothers “Hanna OST”

Seefeel “Seefeel”

Ulver “War of the Roses”

Psychic Babble “My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes”

Megadeth “Th1rt3en”

Miguel Migs “Outside the Skyline”

Royksopp “Senior”

Gang of Four “Content”

oHGr “unDeveloped”

Zombi “Escape Velocity”

Shade “Latonka”

El Ten Eleven “It’s Still Like a Secret”

(Compiled by Bret Miller)

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