Best of 2011

I’m a bit late with this year’s Best of. It is extremely difficult to make the 2011 list, since for whatever reason music had a lower priority in the past year and I didn’t listen to as much… And I also didn’t really keep up with the music industry.

Top 3 bands/artists of 2011
01. L’Arc~en~Ciel. Activity! Need I say more?
02. Within Temptation. New album with an interesting concept, and a tour.
03. … I really can’t think of a #3.

Top 5 albums of 2011
01. Yuzuki Reon – Yozora ni nemuru made. I know this is cheating since this is a single and not an album, but I love Chie and this is her solo debut as a music artist, so I couldn’t be happier!
02. Within Temptation – The Unforgiving. I was seriously impressed with this album. They clearly have been experimenting and it worked out great.
03. SID – dead stock. It was great to hear something new from SID. Not my favourite work of theirs ever, but it’s still a fun album.
04. Bløf – Alles Blijft Anders. Love this one.
05. Anouk – To Get Her Together.

Top 3 performances of 2011
01. Yellow Fried Chickenz. I never thought I’d say this, because I have never been a fan of Gackt, but I haven’t had this much fun during a concert in a long time!
02. L’Arc~en~Ciel. I attended their New Year’s concert, so I literally opened 2011 with their music. The concert was amazing, but at the same time a bit of a disappointment (it wasn’t what was promised to the fans) so therefore they’re not number 1…
03. Within Temptation. Great concert, great effects, great hall (excellent acoustics), and I can go on and on.

Best newly (re)discovered band/artist of 2011: Hanson. I still haven’t listened to a lot by them though. But my friend took me to their concert in Amsterdam, and although I hadn’t heard any of their music I had a great time! Very few bands can do this, I think.

Biggest disappointment of 2011: The fact that the L’Arc~en~Ciel concert was not what had been promised to the fans (not 4 hours, and not that special). It was still a great concert, but since I traveled to Japan especially for this concert it was a bit of a bummer…

Artist top 10 of 2011 according to (Since 90% were musical artists, I left those out. So only non-musical bands & artists)
01. L’Arc~en~Ciel
02. Within Temptation
05. B’z
06. ムック
07. HYDE
08. Nightwish
09. シド
10. BUG

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