Music of 2011

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So-So Albums
ANDROMEDA - Manifest Tyranny
Burzum - Fallen
Burzum - From The Depths Of Darkness
Demetori - BEGIERDE DES ZAUBERER
The Flashbulb - Love As A Dark Hallway
Iced Earth - Dystopia
Max Richter - Sarah's Key (Music from the Motion Picture)
Sota Fujimori - SYNTHESIZED3
Sota Fujimori - Neo Contra Original Soundtrack
Stratovarius - Elysium
This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket
Various Artists - G5 2010

Solid Albums
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Rocket Science
Devin Townsend Project - Ghost
DJ Okawari - Kaleidoscope
Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer
Grouper - A I A : Dream Loss
Hiromi - Voice
KASHIWA Daisuke - 88
Opeth - Heritage
Oskoreien - Oskoreien
Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Tim Hecker - Dropped Pianos (EP)
Umber - Morning's Pass EP
Unexpect - Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Yasunori Mitsuda (光田康典) - Myth: The Xenogears Orchestral Album

Top 10
10 Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Miners' Hymns
09 Pat Metheny - What's It All About
08 Nils Petter Molvaer - Baboon Moon
07 Animals as Leaders - Weightless
06 Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
05 Ólafur Arnalds - Living Room Songs
04 Fennesz + Sakamoto - Flumina
03 Circadian Eyes - Who We Were
02 Vektor - Outer Isolation
01 David Sylvian - died in the wool

Still Need to Listen To
• Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
• Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
• Harold Budd - In The Mist
• M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
• Nujabes - Spiritual State
• Robin Guthrie - Emeralds
• Sigur Rós - Inni
• T-Square - Nine Stories
• Thomas Feiner - 4 Tage im Mai (Music from the Motion Picture)

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While 2011 has had a lot to offer, not everything listed above necessarily reflected what I've enjoyed most over these past 12 months. The majority of the other albums I've discovered and enjoyed listening to most overall this past year range between 1970's-2000's, and so a separate personal "overall list" was compiled.

Overall Top 20 Discoveries
20. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (2007)
19. Andy McKee - Art of Motion (2005)
18. Steve Jansen - Slope (2007)
17. Pat Metheny - One Quiet Night (2003)
16. Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow (2005)
15. Tower of Power - Bump City (1972)
14. John Huling - Ancestral Waters (2003)
13. Takagi Masakatsu - Coieda (2004)
12. Johnny Harris - All to Bring You Morning (1973)
11. Ludovico Einaudi - Divenire (2006)
10. Morita Doji (森田童子) - A Boy (1977)
09. Nils Petter Molvær - Hamada (2009)
08. Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (2004)
07. Iona - Beyond These Shores (1993)
06. B.B. King - Deuces Wild (1997)
05. Arve Henriksen - Cartography (2008)
04. Casiopea - Full Colors (1991)
03. Thomas Feiner & Anywhen - The Opiates (2008)
02. Tim Janis - December Morning (1999)
01. David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive (1987)


Other Honorable Mentions (20)
• Chet Atkins - Sails (1987)
• Christopher Bissonnette - Periphery (2005)
• ColdWorld - Melancholie² (2008)
• Fennesz - Venice (2004)
• God is An Astronaut - All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2003)
• Ingrid Chavez - A Flutter and Some Words (2010)
• Kreator - Hordes of Chaos (2009)
• Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (1974)
• Loreena McKennitt - The Book Of Secrets (1997)
• Nordvargr - Pyrrhula (2008)
• Pat Metheny Group - Letter from Home (1989)
• Renaissance - Turn of the Cards (1974)
• Sigur Rós - ( ) (2002)
• Yes - Fragile (1972)
• Keith Jarrett - Death and the Flower (1975)

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