Yes, I really did listen to this many albums this year. In fact, I had to narrow the top 40 down from a list of more than 100 new albums.
Yes, you should care, unless you don't, in which case, I don't care that you don't... but you should.
No, I in no way consider myself a "music guru", but I like what I like, and this is what I like. Also, I realize that most lists like this go from 40 to 1, but I wrote it and THEN realized that and there is no way I am going to go back and do all that work. So, if you want the 40 to 1 format, scroll down and read backwards.
So, without further ado, here are the top 40 of 2009 (and the top 3 EPs):
- The Sounds – Crossing The Rubicon
Got this album early in the year and I still listen to it constantly. Not a bad song and some will have you dancing on the phone book. Not that my opinion matters, but these guys (and girl) simply rock and made the best album of ’09!
- Passion Pit – Manners
Almost made it #1, but I found myself tiring of it after the 800th listen just a smidge. No other album this year is better to jog to though.
- Metric – Fantasies
From top to bottom, Metric’s best album and the 3rd best of the year.
- Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Perhaps the most musically stunning album of the year. I thought about putting it #1 as it probably deserves to be, but I just couldn’t.
- Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Holds the best song of the year, plus several other good ones.
- The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
Chalk full of pleasant surprises.
- Silversun Pickups – Swoon
If you were a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins…
- We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
Not a truly great song on the disc, but one the CD has a 100% guarantee of likeability
- Islands – Vapours
A late addition to the list, they land in the top ten. This album is amazing. Every song a joy. Every morsel delicious.
- Mew – No More Stories Are Told…
Arena rock for the indie lover. These guys could sing the phone book and I would still wonder why everyone says, “you could sing the phonebook.” Who are all these people singing the phone book?
- Discovery – LP
Not what I was expecting when I imagined a Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot merger project, but good nonetheless.
- Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
One song, 1901 dominated the airplay, but this album stands on it’s own. There are plenty of other great songs on it.
- Julian Plenty – Julian Plenty Is… Skyscraper
The former lead singer of Interpol may have made a solo album better than any of the bands.
- Say Hi – Oohs & Aahs
This album came out early in the year and I almost forgot about it. Upon further review, it still rocks.
- John Vanderslice – Romanian Names
The man just knows how to write great songs.
- Ramona Falls – Intuit
Smooth, luxurious melodies meant for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
- Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
I am not a huge Andrew Bird fan, but I have to give him credit, this album is his best and has to be in just about everyone’s top 20.
- White Lies – To Lose My Life
English alternative mixed with a touch of eletronica = great songs.
- U2 – No Line On The Horizon
Hated it at first, then it grew on me.
- Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Sometimes a bit too experimental for my taste, but this album rose above that.
- Bell X1 – Blue Lights On The Runway
Somewhat of a disappointment considering the hype I had created in my own mind for this album, but still solid.
- Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
Both Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs have an interesting sound with tangy vocals.
- Handsome Furs – Face Control
- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Listened to this album at least 20 times and I can’t tell you a single lyric.
- Fanfarlo – On The Wing Now
A suggestion from my friend Spencer (amongst others on the list) He seems to have a knack for finding good music.
- The Juan MacLean – The Future Will Come
Great music to Jazzercize to .
- White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
Very solid rock album all the way through with a couple brilliant songs.
- God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl
If you actually are taking this list seriously and happen to pick this album up, you may want to tease me endlessly. It is cheesy, corny and sounds a lot like Mama Mia on crack. Nevermind all of that… I am fascinated by it and can’t get enough. I have no idea why.
- Matt & Kim – Grand
Happy music that is unbelievably fun to listen to.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
I’ve seen many have this #1 on their year’s best list. This is good, but in my eyes, they are a second rate version of my #1.
- Eulogies – Here Anonymous
Nothing more than a collection of great rock songs.
- BLK JKS – After Robots
Edgy, harmonic, raw, ubber cool.
- Weezer – Ratditude
I am a sucker for anything they put out, but I would place this one in the good, not great category.
- Dan Deacon – Bromst
Pounding beats, great fun.
- Why – Eskimo Snow
Clearly, not their best effort, but their lyrics are so incredible, it is worth listening to.
- Pearl Jam – Backspacer
Their best album in years. (Minus Eddie Vedder’s solo album two years ago)
- The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
Superb easy listening harmonies.
- Telekinesis! - Telekinesis!
- Regina Spektor – Far
Regina is back with her most consistent album from beginning to end.
- Dark Was The Night: A Red Hot Compilation
I hate compilations, but as compilations go, this one was pretty darned good.
3 Good EP’s
- Death Cab For Cutie – The Open Door [EP]
- Modest Mouse – No One’s First, And You’re Next [EP]
- Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer [EP]