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10. Boris- New Album

I was late to the party on Boris, and only got into them this year. They're a rather daunting band to try and discover: their albums careen wildly between different styles. Some are pure drone/doom, some are bizarre experimental electronic noise, and some are stoner rock. Then this year they took another left turn by making a dreamy, shoegaze-ish pop album. And then they released two other albums. The three albums share many tracks, though all in different variations. New Album has a bit more guitar than Attention Please, and I think it's a bit more consistent. The highlight for me is "Flare," an incredibly catchy tune that features a stunning melodic solo by Wata.

Standout track: "Flare"
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9. Banner Pilot- Heart Beats Pacific

Pop-punk gets a bad rep, but I don't know why. It's some of the catchiest music around, and it sounds great blasting out of the car stereo on a sunny day. Minnesota's Banner Pilot are a bit different, though, in that they're a better soundtrack for drinking alone in the middle of January. The lyrics are raw, honest, and full of ennui without being whiny. I think that's probably due to the upbeat music, and the fact that most of their songs still have that Springsteen-esque promise of getting in the car and leaving this dead-end town forever. I had incredibly high hopes for this album given how amazing their last album, Collapser, was, but I couldn't help but be a tiny bit disappointed by this one. They stretch out the songwriting styles a bit, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. There are plenty of great songs, though, especially the opener "Alchemy" and "Spanish Reds," which I think is one of the best songs they've ever done.

Standout track: "Spanish Reds"
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I was late to the party on Boris, and only got into them this year.
Really!? I always thought you and I clicked the most on Boris.
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Hmm, nope. Must have been only recently.
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I'm still late to the Boris party. I guess I need to get on that, but didn't they release like 4 albums this year?
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Three: Heavy Rocks, New Album, and Attention Please. If you're going to start with one of them, make it Heavy Rocks. Then get Akuma No Uta and the older Heavy Rocks (with the orange cover).
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Yeah, New Album is probably my least favorite of this year's Boris releases. Still great imo.
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Due to intense laziness and moodiness, your regularly scheduled album reviews are on temporary hiatus. In the meantime, please enjoy this hastily constructed random list.

Top 10 Pop-Punk Songs of 2011 (in no particular order)

New Found Glory- "Drill It In My Brain"
Nothington- "Far To Go"
Cobra Skulls- "On and On"
House Boat- "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
Blink-182- "Heart's All Gone"
Bayside- "Already Gone"
Banner Pilot- "Spanish Reds"
Elway- "Passing Days"
Broadway Calls- "Toxic Kids"
P.S. Eliot- "Cross Eyed"
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Blink-182- "Heart's All Gone"
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8. Mastodon- The Hunter


Mastodon have been a fairly controversial band in these parts over the last few years. A lot people, myself included, loved Crack the Skye and I thought it was a logical, organic progression of their sound. Some, of course, just kept yelling "MAKE LEVIATHAN AGAIN." The band themselves stated that they felt this new album was a return to form, but that's not really the case. I think it's more of a happy medium between the proggier sounds of CTS and the crushing heaviness of their older material. It's also their most accessible album to date; I wouldn't be surprised if "Curl of the Burl" was getting rotations on rock radio stations. There are brilliant flashes of "old Mastodon" too, especially on "Spectrelight," "Dry Bone Valley," and "Black Tongue." There's some experimentation, like on "The Creature Lives" and "Sparrow," neither of which I'm terribly fond of, but they don't not work either. When compared against their larger body of work, I think it's one of their weaker efforts, but with a band this consistent, that's not much of a put-down.

Standout track: "Spectrelight"
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