To Hide Her (2011)
Coming in at number five is the fantastic rock album from Toehider called To Hide Her, an ode to the styles of music that came before them, including Jazz, Blues, and rock & roll. Toehider weren’t scared to dive into the world of music, creating a journey that will leave you yearning for more. The very first time I listened to this album from the Melbourne based art rock group I was immediately blown away. The band Toehider has been around the scene for a little while now, they genuinely came with a whole new sound for this new album. The first thing that grabbed me about To Hide Her was the witty tracklist:
1. Oh My God He’s An Idiot!
2. The Most Popular Girl In School
3. Daddy Issues
4. in This Time
5. To Hide Her
6. There’s A Ghost In The Lake
7. Giants Who Walk With Man
9. Everybody Knows Amy
10. Weren’t They Just Playing Out Near The Swings?
Musical genius Mike Mills has shaped Toehider into a full fledged band and in the process recurited some amazing talent around him, including Lachlan B on guitar, Amy Campbell on the bass and former SOILWORK drummer Ricky Evens. If Toehider keeps up this stream of good music, they will no doubt become my favorite band very soon.
4. ‘I’m With You’
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers fans suffered a collective heart attack heart attack when guitarist John Frusciante left the band, leaving a void that many felt could never be replaced. But a long search ensued as the remaining members of the band began their search for a replacement, eventually settling on on Josh Klinghoffer. With the band complete once again the Red Hot Chili Peppers put out a banging new album called I’m With You, which scored hits such as ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ and ‘Monarchy of Roses,’ with more melodic funk-rock jams than you can shake a stick at.
Everyone’s favorite band Evanescence shocked the world when they dropped their self-titled album Evanescence in 2011, after going on a brief self imposed hiatus. The American rock band went through a long process to get the album out, switching producers from Steve Lillywhite to Nick Raskulinecz. The album was very well received and went on to sell 127,000 copies in the first week alone, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Amy Lee told fans that the group were inspired by works from Björk, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, MGMT and Portishead on the new album. The result is a rock album that grabs you from the moment you press play and doesn’t let you go, spawning three hit singles called “What You Want,” “My Heart Is Broken,” and “Lost In Paradise.” The album came with 12 tracks with four more added in the deluxe edition. This is the album that let fans know Evanescence is back.
2. ‘Wasting Light’
Your not a true rock fan if you haven’t listened to the Foo Fighters at any point. When it comes to consistently delivering good albums Foo Fighters are easily in the conversation, and Wasting Light followed in the very same footsteps. The album is vintage Foo Fighters but the band did experiment with different sounds during the recording process, which led to a wild new sound being mixed in with the familiar sounds. Wasting Light spawned a couple of hit singles that included ‘Rope’ and ‘Walk,” which both charted high on Billboard. The Foo Fighters are getting older and thus showing their softer side to fans with songs like “These Days,” which are a welcome change of pace to a hard rock scene.
1. ‘American Capitalist’
Five Finger Death Punch
Coming in at number one is Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist album, an ode to American excess and opulence. FFDP aims to silence all their haters and naysayers with this new album, releasing anthems like ‘Under and Over It,’ but still giving fans that melodic rock sound on tracks like “Remember Everything.” It’s hard to peg Five Finger Death Punch because of the different sounds they experiment with, but on American Capitalist everything came together to create a cohesive masterpiece that was hard to beat in 2011.
Justin Miller is a professional blogger that writes for Jamplay.com. JamPlay is a leading online music educator offering 2,000+ beginning guitar lessons in HD.