1. Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
2. Beggars - Thrice
3. Armistice - MuteMath
4. Embryonic - The Flaming Lips
5. Fantasies - Metric
6. Backspacer - Pearl Jam (came out of nowhere and blew me away)
7. Immolate Yourself - Telefon Tel Aviv
8. No More Stories... - Mew
9. Octahedron - The Mars Volta
10. Crack The Skye - Mastodon
11. Alter The Ending - Dashboard Confessional
12. Only Way To Be Alone - Good Old War
13. Black Cascade - Wolves In the Throne Room
14. Wait For Me - Moby
15. The Resistance - Muse
16. Mandala - Rx Bandits
17. 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
18. Aim and Ignite - fun.
19. The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion - dredg
20. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
Honorable Mentions (in no specific order):
-Manners - Passion Pit
-Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear
-The Eternal Return - Darkest Hour
-Never Better - P.O.S.
-Primary Colours - The Horrors
-Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
-Axe to Fall - Converge
-The Great Misdirect - Between The Buried and Me
-Battle Studies - John Mayer
Definitely just an overall best albums list; there's a lot of metal albums, rap, and hip hop albums (and other genre specific albums) I left off... but these are my overall favorites, in general, of 2009.
I should probably go and list my top 10 of each genre when I'm bored haha, but not right now.
Embryonic - The Flaming Lips
Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
Beggars - Thrice
Armistice - Mutemath
Fantasies - Metric
21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
No More Stories... - Mew
Manners - Passion Pit
Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear
Mandala - Rx Bandits
The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion - Dredg
Immolate Yourself - Telefon Tel Aviv
Octahedron - The Mars Volta
The Eternal Return - Darkest Hour
Only Way to Be Alone - Good Old War
Aim and Ignite - fun.
Never Better - P.O.S.
Black Cascade - Wolves In the Throne Room
Primary Colours - The Horrors
Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
The Resistance - Muse
Backspacer - Pearl Jam
Axe to Fall - Converge
Crack The Skye - Mastodon
Alter the Ending - Dashboard Confessional
The Great Misdirect - Between The Buried and Me
Battle Studies - John Mayer
Wait For Me - Moby
Yet to be put in order haha... I might even do it tonight.
I can't believe how many good albums are coming out this month, and the next few months. I've listened to a lot of leaks, but fortunately, the albums have been pretty nice (Muse, Everytime I Die, etc.); warranting an actual purchase.
Looking ahead, BTBAM is going to have a new album out in the coming months. Same goes for John Mayer, The Flaming Lips, and a bunch of other solid bands.
I have to say I'm looking forward to BTBAM's the most; I've been watching Colors live and listening to the album quite a bit lately. For some reason, I forgot how much I loved this band. There's nothing like revisiting an album and feeling the same way I did on my first listen way back when: awestruck. I think that's how you can spot a timeless album; I can see myself enjoying it 10 years from now.
I think a lot of the problems some bands are facing with new releases this time around, is topping their last album.
BTBAM: That's going to be very difficult to do.
John Mayer: Continuum is one of my favorite albums, and this next one looks/sounds promising, but I'm not sure how he's going to write a whole album as good as that one.
Muse: Last album was great, new album is great; but I think Black Holes has managed to be a classic album for this decade, whereas The Resistance is not really in that category. It's still a great album, though.
Paramore: I'm pretty sure their next one is going to destroy their last; just from brief glimpses, it sounds like a much better, more varied effort. Their last album's problem, in my opinion, was that it got old way too fast. Not enough variety, and I don't think they hit their own sound yet; I have a feeling this could be the album where they do.
Saosin: It was a letdown. Album was good, but not on par with their first full length, or TTN. I think there was a lot more going on behind this one, and that led to a messy, mainstream sounding record. Every band hits a few roadblocks at some point; let's hope this was just that.
Yeah, this blog was kinda all over the place, but I had to get my word in somewhere. There's been so many releases this year, with a lot of mixed opinions, and it helps to type out some projections and whatnot.
I'm having a difficult time keeping track of all the new stuff I've listened to this year .
Just listened through the whole album for the first time, and wow; I like it a lot. A whole lot. It's amazing that such an aggressive and loud band can take a breather and release an album like this; who would have ever seen this coming?
I'm mostly impressed with Matt's vocals on this one. His clean vocals are sincere, and really make the album shine. The string sections/horn sections also enhance their sound in an extremely positive way. As always, the drums and percussion are tight and bring across just enough rhythm and groove to satiate the listener's appetite, but aren't overbearing. It's a quality album throughout.
I also appreciate the Spanish included in some of the songs. I took four years of it in high school, and I can surprisingly understand most of the Spanish lyrics; which is fun for me.
Overall, they pull this sound off very well. I would like to see them venture to other various styles of music in the future; maybe some reggae? That would be pretty amusing...
Anyway, I'm probably going to keep this blog thing going; just posting thoughts on some albums and such. We'll see...
First blog on here! I just wanted a handy place to list my favorite albums of this year, thus far.
1. Beggars - Thrice
2. Armistice - MuteMath
3. No More Stories... - Mew
4. Aim and Ignite - fun.
5. TPTPTD - dredg
6. 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
7. Merriweather Post Pavillion - Animal Collective
8. Mandala - Rx Bandits
9. The Eternal Return - Darkest Hour
10. Octahedron - The Mars Volta
11. Fantasies - Metric
I know I'm forgetting some (I'm pretty terrible at making/keeping lists), but that's most of my favorites of 2009 so far; not really in order yet either (although Beggars, Armistice, and No More Stories will most likely stay up top).
The Flaming Lips double album will more than likely make the list, along with a few others yet to hit shelves; such as John Mayer's latest, pretty excited for that one. Altogether a great year for music!