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Year In Review: 2011

In a year that saw social protest dominate the headlines (well, at least in the brief intervals between sex scandals), it's perhaps not surprising that the two best records of the year were explicitly political while being intensely personal. Also, this was the year music writers started calling everything with distorted guitars and crappy vocals "black metal."

We don't list top singles, but I want to give a special award to Öykü Gürman's "Kuşluk Vakti" - Anatolia's answer to "Red Hot Mama." We've also commented (via our #FirstListenFridays feature) on 2011 releases from the following artists: Adele, Jhene Aiko, Zeynep Akbaba, Animals As Leaders, Blut Aus Nord, Bon Iver, The Book Of Mormon, Breakdown Of Sanity, Le Butcherettes, CSS, Sibel Can, Dum Dum Girls, Glasvegas, Anthony Hamilton, Iceage, Metin & Kemal Kahraman, Krallice, Lady Gaga, Machine Head, Mastodon, Scotty McCreery, Nebulous, Nefes, Neuraxis, Sevcan Orhan, Red Fang, Ximena Sariñana, Rahul Sharma, Smith Westerns, Telekinesis, Times New Viking, Trap Them, Vampillia, Vivian Girls, The Weeknd and Zara. (DBW)



1. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l


2. Rojda, Hat
3. Dope Body, Nupping
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Obscura, Omnivium


6. Battles, Gloss Drop
7. Murat Boz, Aşklarİm Büyük Benden
8. Cage The Elephant, Thank You, Happy Birthday
9. Yuck
10. KEN mode, Venerable
The Absence, Enemy Unbound
Amon Amarth, Surtur Rising
Funda Arar, Aşkın Masum Çocukları
Joan Armatrading, Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Cormorant, Dwellings
Havok, Time Is Up
Işiın Karaca, Arabesque II: Geçmiş Bize Yakışıyor
Uğur Karakuş, Bilemedim
NG La Banda, Mis 22 Años
Revocation, Chaos Of Forms
Sepultura, Kairos
Vastum, Carnal Law
Bernie Worrell, Standards


Sezen Aksu, Öptüm
Tori Amos, Night Of Hunters
Arch Enemy, Khaos Legions
Buckethead, It's Alive
Carved Inside, Cryptic
Cavalera Conspiracy, Blunt Force Trauma
Fatih Erkoç, Yaninda Her Kimse
Fit For An Autopsy, The Process Of Human Extinction
Luis Enrique, Soy Y Seré
Hadise, Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer?
Idle Warship, Habits Of The Heart
Melvin Jones, Pivot
Pharoahe Monch, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
Nazan Öncel, Hayvan
Primus, Green Naugahyde
Protest The Hero, Scurrilous
Random Axe
Trivium, In Waves
Wild Flag
Yasemin Yıldız, Sen Gülümdün


The Cars, Move Like This
Ceylan, 2011 Arabesk
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, The Mancy Of Sound
Bootsy Collins, Tha Funk Capital Of The World
Candan Erçetin, Aranjman 2011
Thurston Moore, Demolished Thoughts
Deniz Seki, Sözyaşlarım
Sylosis, Edge Of The Earth
Olga Tañón, Ni Una Lagrima Más
Andy Timmons Band, Plays Sgt. Pepper
Ulcerate, The Destroyers Of All
Dionne Warwick, Only Trust Your Heart
The Zombies, Breathe Out, Breathe In


Mary J. Blige, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Buckethead, Empty Space
Jay-Z & Kanyé West, Watch The Throne
Mýa, K.I.S.S.
Ajda Pekkan, Farkın Bu
Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What
Sly Stone, I'm Back! Family & Friends
WesNWorrell, We Told Ya


PJ Harvey, Let England Shake


Beyoncé, 4

Not Yet Rated

All Shall Perish, This Is Where It Ends
Buckethead, Underground Chamber
Buckethead, Look Up There
Children Of Bodom, Relentless, Reckless Forever
Cynic, Carbon Based Anatomy
Drake, Take Care
Nona Hendryx, Mutatis Mutandis
Van Hunt, What Were You Hoping For?
Carole King, A Holiday Carole
Megadeth, Th1rt3en
Lou Reed & Metallica, Lulu
Los Van Van, La Maquinaria

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