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Best Of 2011 - 2012 (Eric)

ARTIST: Best Of 2011 (Eric)
YEAR: 2012

Another year has rolled by and what an interesting twelve months it's been. The amount of high-quality AOR releases in 2011 has been astounding really and I don't think anyone's complaining. A few have made my list as opposed to just two related to power pop which I feel has hit a major wall creatively. The best came from fighting brothers that made their mark almost two decades ago which speaks volumes and if I have to listen to another ELO rip-off, well... Another revelation was the return of 80s styled synth pop spearheaded by new releases from veterans Duran Duran, Human League and John Foxx as well as younger bands who obviously dipped into Mom and Dad's record collections. Lastly, the resurgence of British neo-progressive rock has been extremely exciting and doesn't a lot of this all seem strangely reminiscent of 1981?


In Summary

Airrace - Back To The Start
A welcome return that apparently was short-lived.

Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now
'Girl Panic' is without a doubt the sexist video of the year and this is their best album since 2004's 'Astronaut'.

Kayak - Anywhere But Here
Stellar album from the Dutch melodic prog masters. Vocalist Cindy Oudshoorn has added a new and modern dimension to their sound that is at times breathtaking.

Noel Gallagher- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Brilliant record that sounds more like The Kinks every time I play it and that's a good thing.

Comedy of Errors - Disobey
Nothing new on this reunion disc, but who cares? UK neo prog at it's very best.

Rob Moratti - Victory
Ex Saga vocalist's first solo. Wow! This one knocked my socks off.

Sean Filkins - War and Peace & Other Short Stories
Ex Big Big Train vocalist out on his own. Powerful neo prog right up there with some of IQ and Marillion's stuff.

Pallas - XXV
New vocalist in Paul Mackie and a heavier sound. Possibly their best album since 'The Sentinel'?

Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding
The first post-Oasis album. Sounds like Liam's former band, Small Faces, The Beatles and well.. you get the picture.

The Magnificent - The Magnificent
Need I say more?

Reissue of the Year..

The Strand - The Strand (Rock Candy)
A gift from the Gods.

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#1 | opbrekke on February 03 2012 01:49:13
Yeah, that is my number one album of the year as well.
#2 | gdazegod on February 03 2012 01:51:35
I think Eric's selections are in no particular order. Correct me if I'm wrong Eric..
#3 | Eric on February 03 2012 03:06:25
Yeah, quite right George. Truth be told, in 2011 I probably spent more time with the Duran Duran disc and if I were to list in order that would have appeared at the top. Still, not to begrudge Airrace- a fantastic release.
#4 | swazi on February 03 2012 14:38:00
Always a very interesting read, Eric! clap Especially recommending a few Prog or Hi-Tech/Pop-AOR stuff! Great job!
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