Rock Roundup, July 2011
If you're keeping tabs, then you'll surely notice that July's Rock Roundup is radically different from its June predecessor. Such veterans as Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Queen and Emmylou Harris dominated last month's Top Ten. But this time around, guitar-heavy modern rock is all the rage. The most high-profile release has to be Incubus' If Not Now, When?, which finds the group embracing mainstream pop more intensely than ever. July also sees the return of Cold, 311 and Canada's own Theory of a Deadman.
Now, this just might surprise many of you, but the No. 1 slot goes to Taking Back Sunday's new self-titled full-length. Sure, their roots lie in sensitive emo, but over the last several years the band has morphed into straight-up hard rockers. The record's opener, the searing "El Paso," is the best and heaviest song from any album listed below.