Best of 2011 – Archie’s Music Picks


The Best

Evanescence – Evanescence (Wind-up)

Evanescence’s newest self titled album is more of a return to form rather than a reimagining of their sound. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as their more subdued last album, The Open Door, was a bit of a departure from what fans of the band’s breakout hit “Fallen” had come to expect. Songs like “The Change” are laced with the Amy Lee’s signature melodic vocals, heavy drum beats and rich guitar-laden tracks, all while maintaining a generally uptempo sound. While it’s great that the band has returned to their trademark sound, there are a few of songs that sound similar to each other. That being said, this is still a great album and a must-have for fans.

The Rest

Foster the People – Torches (Columbia)

Graveyard – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Def Jam)

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound – Want More (Bloodshot)


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