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Best Of 2011 - 2012 (Reyno Roxx)

ARTIST: Best Of 2011 (Reyno Roxx)


There was very little new music that excited me during 2011 and I have to agree with others that the new Journey album was a tremendous let down. Still, the reissue scene was what made the year more bearable and 2012 looks like ensuring that a few more of those albums on the wanted wish lists come true....Anyway, here's the Top 10 I scraped together.

In Summary

The Outfield - Replay
The only album out of all these releases that held my attention throughout and made me eager to revisit straight away. Which was a surprise, as I thought their last album was pretty poor. 'Replay' reminds me of a heavier Lodgic, and that's no bad thing.

Firewolfe - Firewolfe
Old school metal of the kind I adored and championed to the max when on the staff of 'Metal Forces'. Nice to hear heavy metal played how it was supposed to be played without thrashy riffs and a vocalist having a fit of the screaming abdabs.

Warp Drive - Something To Believe In
1990 revisited. Such a shame this wasn't released at the time, but thanks to AOR BLVD we can all enjoy what we missed. I actually think that this is better than 'Gimme Gimme'.

Work Of Art - In Progress
This troupe continues to impress. I liked the debut and this second effort is just as good.

Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
I haven't been able to get my head into a Dream Theater release since 'Falling Into Infinity'. This leaves its mark for being just that more accessible than every other DT album that's been released since. Great cover art too.

Vain - Enough Rope
Still trying to live up to the brilliance of 'No Respect', this album confirms that Davy Vain's still giving it a good go!

Night Ranger - Somewhere In California
A pretty good record from the veterans who have tended to disappoint in recent years. This album was the best they've released in a long time.

Chris Ousey - Rhyme And Reason
Chris 'Uzi' delivers an album full of good songs topped with great vocals. 'Nuff said.

The Magnificent - 'The Magnificent'
Nordic hard rock at its very best and not in the least bit sounding as contrived as some of these other 'projects' have done. Terrific stuff.

Alter Bridge - Live In Amsterdam
Released at the very start of the year, Alter Bridge's first live album was, quite simply, awesome. I've been a huge fan of Myles Kennedy since his Mayfield Four days and he has to be the best hard rock vocalist of his generation. This CD/DVD package is incredible; nowhere more so than on 'In Loving Memory'; a truly beautiful song that, like 'Wonderful Life' on 'III', brings more than a few tears to the eyes.


Tokyo - S/T
Yesterrock really delivered with this and the subsequently released 'Fasten Seat Belts', with 'San' now also finally out on CD too.

The Strand - S/T
All hail Rock Candy for making this possible. Beautiful, even if I'm slightly biased.

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#1 | opbrekke on February 05 2012 02:23:15
Seems there are some crossovers on various lists. I agree with, or have,Work of Art, sorry, listened to the new Dream theater once and fell asleep, but do own it. As well as Nightranger, the Magnificent, both on my list and Tokyo. Hey, Jo Jo was a pretty good reissue too.
#2 | englandashes on February 05 2012 14:09:39
Already mentioned my allegiance to the new Dream Theater, although just fell outside my top ten. However only after a couple of repeated listens it did start to become ingrained on my brain. A lot quicker than recent outputs by these guys, worth staying awake (ha ha) a little bit longer, and you will soon be dreaming of the songs!. Must look into King Kobra, passed me by.
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