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Every year we have a thread like this where folk usually talk about music I do not know. So here's my meager contribution.

On the popular side I'd like to highlight the new LP by The Drums, Portamento. There was also another free EP by City of Glass, The Diving Bell that I much appreciate.

On serious music the album with the most impact this year was Grace For Drowning, Justin Wilson's return to solo efforts. This LP has been harnessing an uncommon high level of appreciation, well beyond anything Wilson's famous band has achieved in the past. The album is complex and very long and I haven't made up my mind about it yet, but certainly an unavoidable release in 2011.

Beyond that there's a well beyond expectations return by Discipline with To Shatter All Accord, after 14 years of interregnum. And the Australian outfit Anubis finally got themselves a record contract to release the much acclaimed A Tower Of Silence. There was also a new record by Steve Hackett, Beyond The Shrouded Horizon that I much appreciate, but that has been received with some coldness by appreciators.

Finally a reference to the best band in Portugal these days, Dazkarieh, whom released in early 2011 a new record, Ruído do Silêncio, in their now established folk-rock vein.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 at 10:31:23 AM EST
I forgot about another important album in 2011, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, which seems to be the best release by Dream Theatre in a decade. Though I haven't heard this one myself.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 at 11:28:22 AM EST
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