Monday, January 4, 2010

Top 15 Albums of the Year (2009)

Here is my 2009 Top 15 Albums of the Year

15. MuteMath- Armistice (August 18, 2009)

I really like the variety of sounds used on Armistice. “Electrify” (my ringtone) and “Spotlight” lead my favorites on the album, but it is a very upbeat and fast paced album. It really is a good album to throw on while driving around town with the windows down in the warmer months.

14. Jet- Shaka Rock (August 21, 2009)

After the letdown that was Shine on, Jet followed up with Shaka Rock and succeeded in my opinion. “She's a Genius” was the perfect song for a first single, as it pulled my attention to the band again. “Black Hearts (On Fire)” and “K.I.A. (Killed In Action)” are often played while I am working out as pump up music, and there really aren't any bad songs on this album.

13. Taking Back Sunday- New Again (June 2, 2009)

I was expecting a bit of a let down with the album New Again, but I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the entire album. “Sink Into Me”, “New Again”, “Capital M-E”, and “Everything Must Go” really hold this album together and keep me coming back to it.

12. Street Sweeper Social Club- Street Sweeper Social Club (June 16, 2009)

I have always been waiting a return to electric guitar for Tom Morello, as I wasn't that interested in The Nightwatchman. I really enjoy the sound of Street Sweeper Social Club, as it bring Tom back to a Rage-like sound. I became attracted to the band with “Clap for the Killers”, and I honestly like every song on the album. I saw them open for Nine Inch Nails, and they are every bit as good live as they are on the album.

11. After Midnight Project- Let's Build Something to Break (Ausugt 11, 2009)

Following hearing the first single “Take Me Home”, I could not wait for After Midnight Project to release their album. While I like most of the songs on the album, “Scream for You” really sticks with me and I really enjoy the lyrics. This album has not received a lot of press, but I do like this band and I recommend giving them a listen.

10. Thousand Foot Krutch- Welcome to the Masquerade (September 8, 2009)

Thousand Foot Krutch has been putting out a solid album with each release, and Welcome to the Masquerade is no different. “Bring Me to Life”, “E for Extinction”, “Fire it up”, and “Outta Control” top my favorites on the album. My only question is this: Did they steal the song “Forward Motion” from Meese or do they give them writing credits? I have not been able to locate this answer.

9. Saosin- In Search of Solid Ground (September 8, 2009)

I appreciated the first album from Saosin, but I really am starting to like these guys a lot more after this release. “Changing”, “I Keep My Secrets Safe”, and “Say Goodbye” top my favorites from the album. This is a great driving album, and it has taken me through many road trips this year.

8. Inward Eye- Throwing Bricks Instead of Kisses (August 18, 2009)

A new band that I am really digging right now is Inward Eye. I was totally hooked when I heard the song “Shame” and that guitar riff will stay in my head all day long. I also really enjoy “Blind Paranoia”, “Day After Day”, and “Don't Paint it Blue”. I eagerly anticipate their second release even thought I am sure it will not be until 2011.

7. Jay-Z- The Blueprint III (September 22, 2009)

In what was likely the most anticipated album of 2009, Jay-Z did not disappoint with The Blueprint III. “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys has received a lot of attention and rightfully so. There are so many good songs on the album it is difficult to list them all, but I really enjoy listening to “Reminder”, “Run This Town”, and “On to the Next One”. This album has received a good amount of play in my car and will continue to do so.

6. Weezer- Raditude (November 3, 2009)

Weezer really knows how to make an album. They come back with each one and tweat their sound slightly so it's not the same as the previous but don't deviate too far from their core. There's only two exceptions to that rule on this album. The first, “Can't Stop Partyin'” featuring Lil' Wayne, worked and worked really well. The second, “Love Is the Answer”, did not work and is a little boring of a song. I'd also like to add that the bonus tracks are just as good as the songs on the album, especially the song “Get Me Some”.

5. Muse- The Resistance (September 14, 2009)

I have been eagerly awaiting a new Muse album, and The Resistance did not disappoint for the most part. I'm not a fan of the three Exogenesis Symphony songs on the album, mostly due to the fact I listen to most of my music in the car and it is not driving music. However, the rest of the songs make up for these three enough to put this album at number five on my list. “Uprising”, “MK ultra”, and “The Resistance” are among my favorites on the album. I really can't wait to see this guys live at Madison Square Garden in March.

4. Chevelle- Sci-Fi Crimes (August 31, 2009)

What a solid album Sci-Fi Crimes turned out to be for Chevelle. Every song is so powerfully driven, making this one of the best driving albums of all time in my opinion. “Jars”, “A New Momentum”, “Fell Into Your Shoes”, and “Letter From a Thief” lead the driven album and receive regular rotation at the gym for me. This album has been played very often in my car and is a staple of long roadtrips.

3. Breaking Benjamin- Dear Agony (September 29, 2009)

Breaking Benjamin, a solid band from Northeastern Pennsylvania, released Dear Agony late this year and hit a home run with it. Every song is solid and not one let me down while listening to it. “Anthem of the Angels” has become one of my favorites on the album, along with “I Will Not Bow” and “Dear Agony”. This is exactly the type of album I expected from Breaking Benjamin, and I can't stop listenting to it.

2. Silversun Pickups- Swoon (April 14, 2009)

I would argue that Carnavas was a solid album from Silversun Pickups, but that means that I have to say that Swoon was a great album. The unique sound from the vocals to the hard driven guitar work, this album is a complete package. “Panic Room” is an excellent song, but it can't top “The Royal We” in my book on this album. I am also a huge fan of “Catch and Release”. If you get a chance to check out Silversun Pickups live, I highly recommend it. I can't wait to see them again open for Muse.

1. Manchester Orchestra- Mean Everything to Nothing (April 21, 2009

This album has been played in my car at least once a week since it's release. I liked Manchester Orchestra prior to this album's release, but Mean Everything to Nothing launched Manchester Orchester to new heights by showcasing their talent. The first single “I've Got Friends” was a pretty big hit, but I immediately took a liking to “Shake it out”. I would like to recommend seeing their live set, as it is one of the better that I have ever seen.

Honorable Mentions: Wolfmother, The Parlor Mob, Eminem, The Urgency


Them Crooked Vultures- Them Crooked Vultures

I liked the single, but the rest of the songs sound the same and are really repetitive.

Kasabian- West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

A couple of good songs, but not as good as previous albums.

Arctic Monkeys- Humbug

A couple tunes that stuck, but no where near the creativity of previous albums.

Maximo Park- Quicken the Heart

A couple of listens and I just couldn't get hooked on this album.

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