The Owl Posted April 2, 2012 Share Posted April 2, 2012 Whenever "name your favorite albums" or what you consider the best albums of all time most of the people in this thread would be cluttered with albums from the 60s and 70s... fair enough and to be expected...but what about more modern releases? How much love do you have for more modern releases, say those of the last decade... If you know where to look there is a plethora of music released out there that is beyond phenomenal. What are some of yours.. -------In no particular order-----(but feel free to order yours) - Steven Wilson's : Grace for Drowning (2011) Not only is this probably my favorite album of the last decade, but I could very well be on my top 10 of all time list, I love Porcupine Tree, but this album is Wilson's masterpiece.... special nod to the track "Deform to Form a Star" which is one of my favorite songs of the last 10 or so years, easily. - Astra : The Weirding (2009) An album that many on here love, and one that completely came out of the blue with very 70s-esk prog in the vein of King Crimson, ELP, and Yes.... a phenomenal album from start to finish. - Dream Theater: Octavarium (2005) This one I'll know will have a lot of people disagreeing with me, but this is the album I discovered the band with (well not really it was the live album "Score" from this tour, but this was the "current" album when I got into Dream Theater). I love this album, a great mix of ballads, metal, and the ending epic is all a prog metal fan can ask for. - Black Country Communion: Self Titled Debut/2 (2010/2011) I know I am cheating here, but I am going to lump these two records together, not because I feel that they needed to be lumped together to get on my list, but they are both phenomenally amazing classic veined hard rock records both worthy of note. This lineup is more than a Hard rock fan's wet dream... Glenn Huges (one of the Best Vocalists of all time), Joe Bonnamassa, Derek Sherenian, and Jason Bonham (showing he is very capable and stands far outside his father's shadow)... two amazing albums. - Muse: Absolution (2003) Almost ineligible at 9 years old now, but very worthy of this list, just a stellar mix of prog tinged alternative Rock , by three talented musicians.. by far their best album. - Porcupine Tree : Deadwing (2005) I could almost pick "In Absentia" which would be the most obvious answer, and while that album does have more of my favorites by Porcupine Tree, I feel Deadwing from start to finish is much more of a solid album, and the best by Porcupine Tree.... the range of songs and diversity of sound on this record are beyond belief. "Arriving Somewhere" would also be on a short list of best songs of the last decade as well. -Opeth: Ghost Reveries (2005) Another hard one where I could pick another album I feel is almost as worthy, (that being it's follow up "Watershed") but the more and more I think about it... Ghost Reveries is much more a solid and consistant of an album than Watershed... plus GR has a special place in being the album in which introduced me to Opeth. - Todd Snider: East Nashville Skyline (2004) We step out of prog metal for a special mention of one of my favorite artists, this singer/songwriter is one of the most talented songwriters in music today, ranging from folk, to rock, and a bit of red dirt alt country (mix Tom Petty, with Dylan, and Robert Earl Keen and you get this guy.) "East Nashville Skyline" is far and away my favorite album by him.. just amazing. - David Gilmour: On and Island (2006) What an amazing, mellow, and atmospheric album... One of the best to play and kick back and relax. David has not lost his playing ability and his way of making his guitar sing... also featuring some of Gilmours best lyrics from him solo and with Floyd. ---------honorable mentions------- Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007) Riverside - Anno Domini High Definiton (2009) Rush - Snakes and Arrows (2007) The Tangent - A Place in the Queue (2006) Sieges Even - The Art of Navigating by the Stars (2005) Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic 1&2 (2007/2008) Heaven & Hell- The Devil You Know (2009) Karnivool - Sound Awake (2009) Coheed and Cambria: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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