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Originally posted by Sagichim Sagichim wrote:

Yay! My no.1 came in #106


LOL, get #rekt.

Originally posted by LearsFool LearsFool wrote:

Ah, Swilson didn't get #1. There is justice in the world!

And many more thanks to you, Andy.


If SW came ahead of Anekdoten this year there would be NO justice in this world.

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The biggest surprise IMHO was Jaga Jazzist coming in third. Not the album's bad, but it's very underwhelming, specially considering that it came after two excellent albums: the Zappa-esque One Armed Bandit and the ethereal What We Must. I really hope they don't continue like this in the future.


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The second post is a list of top alums. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andy Webb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2016 at 21:34
^Nobody's perfect! Not me, anyway. Thanks for the catch! I put this post together in the wee hours of the morning and clearly made a few sleep-deprived mistakes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2016 at 05:29
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

Originally posted by Sagichim Sagichim wrote:

Yay! My no.1 came in #106


LOL, get #rekt.

Originally posted by LearsFool LearsFool wrote:

Ah, Swilson didn't get #1. There is justice in the world!

And many more thanks to you, Andy.


If SW came ahead of Anekdoten this year there would be NO justice in this world.

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The biggest surprise IMHO was Jaga Jazzist coming in third. Not the album's bad, but it's very underwhelming, specially considering that it came after two excellent albums: the Zappa-esque One Armed Bandit and the ethereal What We Must. I really hope they don't continue like this in the future.

I think Starfire is every bit as good as the albums leading up to it...maybe with the exception of the live release they cut with the "Britten Symphonia", which imo smokes everything else they've done.
Also, I really dig the way they've incorporated electronics into their sound. Feels fresh and bubbly like sodapop.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2016 at 05:48
I stumbled over Baron's latest 'Torpor' too late in the process to consider it, but it has been a real pleasure diving deeper into it. I've just had my second real spin of it and I am absolutely loving what I'm hearing. 

BTW to those of you who don't know, Baron features Alex Crispin (vocals, guitars, keys) and Luke Foster (drums) off of Diagonal.

A great big thank you goes to our local psychedelic warlord Uwe for reminding me of these guysClap


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Baron is awesome. Haven't heard Torpor yet, but Columns was one delightful record.
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Great work as always Andy, thanks for all your effort. Clap

Glad to see Anekdoten take the top spot (my own no 1 choice) and as usual I'm left with some albums to check out that I missed so far, usually helping me to discover another great album or 2.
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Gr8 to see Anekdoten bagging the top spot. Their best album since debut
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I just realised that I've got 4 (4!!!!!!!!!!) in the top ten this year
That is a first. I usually have 4 in the top 100. Jaga, elephant9, Guapo and Fabbricca. Would not have guessed that going into this.
Just goes to show how big of a difference there is between the frontpage folks and the collabs...which to me is very exciting. It'd be boring if everyone ate tuna. Some people need their swordfish.

The times they are a-changin'! 
Hail the Swordfish eaters!
Awesome work, Andy! Thanks so much for ALL you do!

(First-timer:  4 of the Albums I submitted made it into the Top 10, 7 into the Top 20, 17 into the Top 100.)

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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:


EDIT:

The biggest surprise IMHO was Jaga Jazzist coming in third. Not the album's bad, but it's very underwhelming, specially considering that it came after two excellent albums: the Zappa-esque One Armed Bandit and the ethereal What We Must. I really hope they don't continue like this in the future.

I think Starfire is every bit as good as the albums leading up to it...maybe with the exception of the live release they cut with the "Britten Symphonia", which imo smokes everything else they've done.
Also, I really dig the way they've incorporated electronics into their sound. Feels fresh and bubbly like sodapop.



Sorry, maybe my reference to the other album's styles may have given you the impression I didn't liked the style, which isn't the case: innovation and reinvention is something I very much look forward to in a prog band. I didn't like the compositions. Same thing with Riverside's newest: they are one of my all-time favourite bands (I've been following them since the debut), but Love is their absolute worst release, tied in the bottom with the EPs Memories in My head and Voices in My Head.

I just didn't point out Riverside because it's basically prog's equivalent to FM radio: easy listening, 0 risks and it marked all the checkboxes regarding "do this in order to sound prog".
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Alas only two of my top ten picks in the top ten, but of course as always a great resource for exploring albums I haven't tried yet.
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That last line is exactly how I feel about them as well, Caio.

I just listened to Silver Mountain and loved it. Way nicer than their first two albums.


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Originally posted by Andy Webb Andy Webb wrote:

^Nobody's perfect! Not me, anyway. Thanks for the catch! I put this post together in the wee hours of the morning and clearly made a few sleep-deprived mistakes.


Agreed on the perfection bit. I mean no harm. I probably only noticed because it was a title.

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Fantastic work Andy Clap.

Nice to see two of my top 5 in THE top 5!!
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Congratulations Andy, on once again outdoing yourself. If being outdid is something you like to do, have done or done did.
 
I only submitted a list of ten this year. I wasn't impressed, really, with the selection of releases in 2015, but I tried to pick the albums I thought I might still listen to going forward in 2016.
 
(1) Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
(2) Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
(3) Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
(4) The Decemberists  - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful Word
(5) Riverside - Love, Fear and the Time Machine
(6) David Gilmour - Rattle that Lock
(7) Circle - Pharaoh Overlord
(8) Iamthemorning - From the House of Arts 
(9) Caligula's Horse - Bloom 
(10) Tim Bowness - Stupid Things That Mean the World


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Of the ones voted in the top ten that I haven't heard I'm going to pickup Jaga Jazzist and Unreal City. I wasn't going to check out Jaga Jazzist only because I wasn't much into the one("What We Must") I do have but seeing CCVP's dislike of "Starfire" probably means I'll like it. We have the opposite tastes it seems which is cool. For example my two fav Riverside albums are Love, Fear And The Time Machine and Memories In My Head LOL
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Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:


Congratulations Andy, on once again outdoing yourself. If being outdid is something you like to do, have done or done did.
 
I only submitted a list of ten this year. I wasn't impressed, really, with the selection of releases in 2015, but I tried to pick the albums I thought I might still listen to going forward in 2016.
 
(1) Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
(2) Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
(3) Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
(4) The Decemberists  - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful Word
(5) Riverside - Love, Fear and the Time Machine
(6) David Gilmour - Rattle that Lock
(7) Circle - Pharaoh Overlord
(8) Iamthemorning - From the House of Arts 
(9) Caligula's Horse - Bloom 
(10) Tim Bowness - Stupid Things That Mean the World




Did you by any chance check out Agusa's second album Två?

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The Schnellertollermeier album is really getting to me....in a good way. Funny how many great albums seem to reveal themselves slooowly. I love how they make the strings sound like a knife edge being plucked in these spiralling sequences.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Originally posted by The Dark Elf The Dark Elf wrote:


Congratulations Andy, on once again outdoing yourself. If being outdid is something you like to do, have done or done did.
 
I only submitted a list of ten this year. I wasn't impressed, really, with the selection of releases in 2015, but I tried to pick the albums I thought I might still listen to going forward in 2016.
 
(1) Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
(2) Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
(3) Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
(4) The Decemberists  - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful Word
(5) Riverside - Love, Fear and the Time Machine
(6) David Gilmour - Rattle that Lock
(7) Circle - Pharaoh Overlord
(8) Iamthemorning - From the House of Arts 
(9) Caligula's Horse - Bloom 
(10) Tim Bowness - Stupid Things That Mean the World




Did you by any chance check out Agusa's second album Två?

I really enjoyed their Högtid album (in fact, I voted for it in 2014). Really loved the Procol Harum cover sequence during "Uti Var Hage". To be honest, I wasn't that moved by the new album's two songs. Good in parts (like the hippie lead on Gånglåt från Vintergatan ), but overall...meh.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Did you by any chance check out Agusa's second album Två?

I just spun this on Youtube the other day, Dave, and I plan on buying the vinyl, it sounds really great! A very folky kind of symphonic prog with a welcome hint of darkness.
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