Ryan’s Top Ten Albums of 2011

10.Kate Bush-50 words for snow

9.Haken-Visions

8.Anathema-Falling Deeper

7.Yes-Fly From Here

6.Bjork-Biophillia

5.Steve Hackett-Beyond the Shrouded Horizon

Steve Hackett sure sounds like he’s been doing a lot of traveling and as ever with this recent album, he has the ability to take you on journeys and bring to your eyes very stunning guitar playing and impressionistic landscapes of sound.

4.Radiohead-The King of Limbs

Radiohead have a created a mini masterpiece with this recent album, with the outside sounding beats and melodies they have become known to create but still coming out with the unexpected, the first half is full of odd lurching grooves while the second half becomes superbly eclectic, a truly well-balanced album and full of originality.

3.Opeth-Heritage

Opeth have embarked on a new path with this recent album, disposing of the growls and coming up with something rather stunningly original and abstract, it is a great ode to the legendary 70’s music yet sounds current and forward thinking as ever; Mikael Akerfeldt is truly following his heart with this album and I have full respect for him to do that! 

2.Dream Theater-A Dramatic Turn of Events

Despite the departure of Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater have returned with a refreshing album with the most mind-boggling kind of music ever yet still keeping all the melody and sense of style in tact, Mike Mangini is the perfect replacement and you can expect the usual epic escapades but there is certainly heartfelt moments on this album too. 

1.Steven Wilson-Grace For Drowning

A stunning second solo record from one of my biggest inspirations, it is beautiful symphonic, intense, cinematic, jazzy and certainly another example of why Wilson is an innovator and leader in the evolution of progressive music!

Grace For Drowning


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