So I'm racking my brain trying to come up with a top 10 album list for 2011 (Ever Forthright throwing in a last minute kink didn't help), when I've come to the realization: I have no idea what really came out in 2011 outside the Metal genre. The only records I can recall purchasing off the top of my head outside of Metal are from Tech N9ne and Lady Gaga (Techs album was awesome and will make my top 10. Gaga will probably get an honorable mention because, well, The Edge of Glory is just that awesome a track).
So what I'm asking is, what came out in 2011 that was awesome in terms of Jazz? Hip Hop? Pop? Contemporary Classical? Not-Dubstep? I really need a better glimpse of whats happened outside all the.Tesseract and Machine Head and Dream Theater and Corelia and what have you?
Al Di Meola: Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning Brett Garsed: Dark Matter Allen Hinds: Monkeys and Slides John Scofield: A Moment's Peace Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Sean Wayland: Australian Rhythm Changes (with James Muller) Gergo Borlai: M.M.M. Sebastiaan Cornelissen: The Sebastiaan Cornelissen Group The Code/John Pelosi: Dreams Speak Song Vince Mendoza: Nights On Earth Captain Kirk: Starship Cadillac
Adele - 21
Common - The Dreamer, The Believer
Jay-Z and Kanye West - Wath the Throne
Drake - Take Care
The Lonely Island - Turtleneck
Tedeschi-Trucks Band - Revelator
Beyonce - 4
Whitesnake - Forevermore
Red - Until We Have Faces
Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
I am surprised how few fusion albums seem to be favored here.I always thought that was a natural genre for guitarists in metal who were technically oriented
Were there some good fusion releases in 2011? Apart from the Levin Torn White disc I mentioned, which is arguably fusion, I'm not really aware of any, but I haven't paid a lot of attention either. (Maybe because I'm not a technically-oriented metal guitarist? *shrug*)
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