I've listened to more music this year than any other year in my life. To quote another music enthusiast, Jason Tate, on end of the year lists such as this: "...not much you can do besides try and put the albums in order of your personal enjoyment. Not always easy, and my top 10 could probably all switch around. This is the best I can do. If you haven't checked these albums out yet -- get on it. Seriously." All the albums on this list have been enjoyable and this has been a great year(and particularly pop heavy). If you haven't already, you might want to check out my favorite songs of 2009. So let's get on with it.
1.MUTEMATH Armistice - MUTEMATH's debut album was amazing. The process of creating a follow-up album put tremendous pressure on the band not to make the typical underwhelming sophomore album that many bands make(hi Crossfade...). This creation process nearly broke the band apart and scrapped a lot of material. After recouping from the problems, the band went back and created some music in intense sessions from scratch. This music is the most jive and well crafted music I've heard all year.
2.Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing - This album is meticulously created. It has such a good flow to it and every track sounds as good on its own as it does in context of the album. The band went as far as to create a music video for EVERY song(http://bit.ly/5Etr7W).
3.Say Anything Say Anything - My favorite band releases an album they feel to be representative of themselves enough to be their self-titled. For such a progressive and heartfelt band, this must mean something. This album is more poppy than their previous records but that's not a bad thing. Every track has been stuck in my head at some point or another. Here's hoping Do Better can capture mainstream appeal when it hits single status.
4.Tegan and Sara Sainthood - A longstanding duo of sisters(based on the album cover I thought they were lesbos, guess not..)that I have yet to hear until now. A collection of well written pop tunes. Balanced supremely between rock, pop, and female vocal edge.
5.RX Bandits Mandala - Another longstanding band I just discovered this year. This album is a frenzy of intricate instrumentals and ska-ish vocals. I didn't know what "ska punk" was till I heard them and I think I like it.
6.Harvard The Inevitable and I - A crazy good debut album. Produced by a guy who's done Circa Survive and Thrice, I'd say it's one of two bands on my list that sound like a stepping stone between Saosin and Circa Survive. Indie rock and post hardcore and some dark lyrics, you can't go wrong.
7.Fun. - Aim and Ignite - The most fun album of the year. It's impossible to review this album without that pun. Kudos to you guys. This album mixes orchestral instruments and theater sounding arrangements with the playfulness of Nate Ruess(The Format). It's pun.
8.Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down - I'm a sucker for piano rock. This is another band that's been around that I'm just now finding. I particularly enjoy the songs on this album that have intros and outros that take simple themes and extend them.
9.Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist - Probably the most accessible Portugal. The Man album yet. It's if they took Censored Colors and refined it into something more upbeat and moving. Can't wait for next year's American Ghetto album.
10.Person L The Positives - I didn't like this album at first. Eventually I came around to this style of funk rock. Once you get accustomed to the grooves they lay down, you'll start digging the frontman's shouts and croons. Recommended listen when you need music while you're working.
11.Silversun Pickups Swoon - A huge improvement over their previous material.
12.Mansions New Best Friends - It's just so damned sincere.
13.Flood of Red Leaving Everything Behind - That other band similar to Circa Survive and Saosin, recommended if you like progressive rock and higher pitched vocals.
14.30 Seconds to Mars This is War - Finally this album comes out. Much more like their self-titled album. Crowd chants and biting lyricism, this album lives up to its title. Reminds me why 30 Seconds to Mars is one of my favorite bands. You haven't heard anything so icy, urgent, and epic this year.
15.Audrye Sessions Audrye Sessions - Muse-y radiohead-y awesomeness.
and the rest:
16.The Dangerous Summer Reach for the Sun
17.Emery - ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
18.The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
19.MAE (m)orning (EP)
20.Trophy Scars Bad Luck
21.We Shot the Moon A Silver Lining
23.mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream It's Alright
24.Paper Route Absence
25.Set Your Goals This Will Be The Death of Us
26.The Antlers Hospice
29.Anchor & Braille Felt
30.As Tall as Lions You Can't Take It With You
31.P.O.S. - Never Better
32.Brand New Daisy
33.Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
34.Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
35.Between the Trees Spain
36.Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
37.All The Day Holiday The Things We've Grown to Love
38.Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
39.Telekinesis! - Telekinesis!
40.Converge Axe to Fall
42.Propagandhi Supporting Caste
43.New Found Glory Not Without a Fight
44.Dashboard Confessional Alter the Ending (acoustic disc)
45.Thursday Common Existence
46.The Swellers Ups and Downsizing
47.Dethklok Dethalbum II
48.Deas Vail Birds & Cages
49.Muse The Resistance
50.The Almost Monster Monster
51.Paramore Brand New Eyes
52.We Were Promised Jetpacks These Four Walls
53.A Love Like Pi The Atlas and The Oyster
54.Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here
55..moneen. - The World I Want to Leave Behind
56.Mew No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry, They Washed Away
58.The Fray The Fray
59.Madina Lake Attics to Eden Thanks for reading.
Do Better - Say Anything - Say Anything's most catchy pop song since Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too.
[MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHKZK6tZiEU[/MEDIA] It's disgusting how little you try, the existential equivalent of pink eye.
The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love) MAE The second MAE track to make my list, I think this song will hold up as one of MAE's most well written songs ever. It embodies what they are about. Arguably their best track period. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZb_OWlTYps
In Cauda Venemum - The Dear Hunter - The intensity of the vocalist! Love this band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRFRm$$$w4Y
The Only One - Manchester Orchestra Opening track to one of the best albums of 2009. It begins the journey this band has meticulously created(they created a music video for every track). It's catchy and grew on me early in the year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLCt6...om=PL&index=24
Let Me Up Cursive At its tipping point, vocalist Tim Kasher screams "Mama, the planet is a placenta and this fits well with the insanity, craziness theme this album is going with. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A32Wstvky0
Comet Song Dethklok The second Dethalbum is a huge improvement upon the first. I'm partial to this song perhaps because of its tie-in to the show albeit all the rest of the songs are tie-ins too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRQ47oEbA6s
I Don't Know Dredg - The sentiment that we don't know what happens after death is something I can dig. The beat is constant and the guitars help build a nice groove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HlHc_0woKA
Everyone's At It - Lily Allen A familiar sample runs through this song. There are plenty of good tracks on this album but this opening track sings about a common addiction. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RuQy8sKKak
Innocent Man - A Love Like Pi This new band is an electronic heavy rock band. The synergy is most apparent in this song. With frequently changing tempos and gang vocals, how could I kill an innocent man?!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4lEwMudYX0
King Rat - Modest Mouse A b-side off of their last album but released this year on an EP. Features a great video directed by the late Heath Ledger. Has that signature crazy instrumentals and message that we like from Modest Mouse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7KDOAj4Xo
Hold That Sound - .moneen. - The energy in this song is multiplied when you see them perform this live.