|Itunes 9 Is Ruining My Mp3s|
Editing tags is causing skips at the start of songs. Hopefully the recent 9.01 fixed it... more testing to do. Regardless, here's my current top albums of 2009 in alphabetical order.
|1|| ||As Tall As Lions|
You Can't Take It With You
Being mostly unfamiliar with these guys' previous work, I've been quite impressed with this album. Very accessible, but not something I think I'll tire of quickly.
|2||August Burns Red|
Metalcore done right was my first thought when I heard this album. ABR had never really impressed me before Constellations.
I love how Brand New doesn't seem to care how polarizing their albums might be.
Why is it that artists with punk rock roots often make such great albums when they branch out to other genres?
|5||Closure in Moscow|
A derivative sound, but a solid debut nonetheless.
Curse Your Branches
The painful look at faith that thematically overwhelms this album is complemented by David Bazan's catchiest and most interesting music yet.
The Hazards of Love
Not sure yet about the "concept" behind this album, but musically it doesn't disappoint.
|8||Every Time I Die|
New Junk Aesthetic
Never really cared for these guys before, but this is some solid hardcore.
Rewardingly both ambient and interesting.
I'll admit to being a bit of a Metric fanboy, but I think this album stands on its own.
It's all crazy! It's all false! It's all
Not the classic that was Brother, Sister, but this has been of my most played albums this year.
Brand New Eyes
So it's new and may end up dropping of this list, but I've been enjoying brand new eyes so far.
Another band who's back catalog I need to explore.
Mandala manages to be both eclectic and cohesive. Good stuff.
As Day Follows Night
I'm a sucker for Sarah's voice and laid-back pop tunes.
|16||Taking Back Sunday|
For some reason TBS make great driving tunes. New Again is definitely always in the car.
Not my favourite album from Thrice, but even their (slightly) lesser work is stellar.
I had written these guys off after their debut, but Artwork is surprisingly solid.
Wilco (The Album)
I think this is my second favourite Wilco album behind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
|20||Various Artists (Indie)|
Dark Was The Night
I was not expecting this album to be as good as it is.
|21||Portugal. The Man|
The Satanic Satanist
Four great albums in three years -- these guys are nuts. Yeah, so this list isn't quite in alphabetic order.