hi, i'm not too good at introducing these, so i'll start with a poem:
another year has come and past,
and the tunes this year have been a blast
this is my list; the cream of the crop
so let's see what album ends up on top!
- Years Of Refusal
steven patrick's most recent offering (aside from the b-side collection Swords
, which i'll be coming back to later in the best tracks of the year) is a fantastic rock n' roll record. yes, lots of hard (cock?) rock guitar + sometimes painful lyrics (come on, moz. the lyrics in I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
are fucking awful.) BUT you just gotta have fun with it.
- Primary Colours
after a whole lot of musical growth since their debut Strange House
, the band has taken cues from The Jesus and Mary Chain
, My Bloody Valentine
and The Cure
to throw together a fantastic sophomore release.
- Now We Can See
i actually just bought the album like...two months ago. but it's really good. When I Died
is a great opener, up to par (i'd say) with Here's Your Future
off The Body, The Blood, The Machine
, although i'm sure no one else will agree with me on that.
- Mean Everything To Nothing
no one else likes this band, but fuck them. andy hull + co's sophomore release is almost too clean sounding, especially when compared with Like A Virgin Loosing A Child
, but the songs as a whole are so much stronger. the riff in Pride
is up to par with the best from Led Zeppelin
i originally dismissed the band as pitchfork wank, HOWEVER, post-nothing is actually a fantastic debut. the album is chock full of wonderful guitars, energetic drums and the songs have more hooks than there are fish in the sea. super fun and highly recommended.
- The Hazards of Love
fuck pitchfork for hating on this album. not as good as Picaresque
, but it's not really trying to be. instead of focusing on great individual songs, the band proves here that the sum is greater than the parts. hazards a sprawling 17 song album about love and death. and metal.
if i didn't know better, i'd think it's 1992. harkening back to the lush sounds of Loveless
and Siamese Dream
with updated riffage, silversun pickups managed to put together a pretty solid release. bonus track Ne Plus Ultra
is better than the entire b-side of the album.
- Mama, I'm Swollen
one ofSaddle Creek
's flagship bands, cursive continues to make great music years into their career. a monstrous improvement from the lackluster Happy Hollow
and bolstering songs like From The Hips
, I Couldn't Love You
and the epic what have i done?[/track], cursive shows the doubters that they can still pack a punch.
2)M. Ward - [album artist=m. ward]hold time
fuck yeah folk. matt's second best album, only topped by Post-War
, shows that his songwriting post She & Him
(sartist]zooey deschanel still pops up on two tracks) is still fantastic. the production is pristine and his guitar work (as if anyone doubted) is second to none.
i'm not too original for having this on the top of my list; as many others already have and many more will, but the album deserves as much recognition as possible.
there's not much i can really say that hasn't already been said about this album already. epic, beautiful, heartbreaking; the album hasn't gotten any less desolate and stunning since i first listened to it, and i doubt it will.
TOP TRACKS OF '09
- There's No Secrets This Year
- Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
7)Cymbals Eat Guitars
- ...and the Hazy Sea
- Love On The Wing
- The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
- Stars of Leo
- Late of Camera
- What Have I Done?
and at by the looks of it, 2010 should be fantastic. with releases coming from Bright Eyes
, The Walkmen
, Sigur Ros
, The National
, and Titus Andronicus
(to name a few), i'm sure 2010 will be full of wonderful music as well.