Music that doesn't get the love it deserves. I only picked albums which do get fairly good ratings but not that many votes, so I consider them kinda overlooked, i think none of these has gotten 100 votes yet. And I apologize for being from Germany and trying to speak English^^
The Dragons of Eden
This is not the mindless shred-robo we know from some albums and this album is a real gemstone amongst his LPs. All songs are very well crafted and bucketheads skill on the guitar is incredible as usual, but the really suprising thing is, that the songs are so well structured and thought out, no filler material, no crazy ass sound experiments, just 7 damn good songs which should be checked out by far more people. Favorite Tracks: The Cosmic Calendar, Draco
Since his follow up project Lone wolf is slightly better known, I chose this LP for my list, though the Lone Wolf LP is just as good. Marshall proves that a man and his guitar are able to carry you through a whole album without one second of boredom. Since the tallest Man on Earth is fairly popular on this site, I see no reason why this is not. Favorite Tracks: A Knife in my Spine, Leave
Dreaming of Revenge
Kaki King is overall a very talented musician, she's great at the guitar and has a nice singing voice and is also able to write really catchy songs that you want to hear over and over again. In my opinion Dreaming of Revenge is her best effort so far and I think she should get more attention for songs like Pull me out Alive or Montreal which are my favorites on the LP.
|4||The Naked and Famous|
Passive Me, Aggressive You
Another Band from New Zealand on my list, which is not really well known right now but I think they may become big in a few years, if they keep pushing. This is not your typical dreamy hipster Album like the latest Beach House release. The songs are dynamic and well thought out and the lead singer really delivers some good performances, all in all a very enjoyable debut which holds the promise that this band may become really good. Favorite Tracks: All of this, Young Blood
Many may disagree on this one, but I think this one of the best Rock releases in 2009 and this came as a big suprise to me, because I could never stand this band. But this Album is really good, contains great guitar and drum work and intense singing all the way through, though the album should end with Shadows and Light and not with the horrible cover of Rockin in a free world. This is just a bunch of well crafted songs with a very nice atmosphere throughout the the whole album. Favorite Tracks: Light Travels, Graffiti Soul
An epic Album by the Post Rock band from New Zealand, not a single weak track and one of the best atmospheric LPs I have ever heard. Sick delay Action by Guitar player Jeff Boyle and some of the best drumming I have heard in this genre by Jason Johnston. Favorite Tracks: Everything All of the Time, Oran Mor
Been to the Future
A very calm, soft and somewhat poppy release by the lead-singer of the progressive band "3". Though I am not really into singer/songwriter stuff, cause I think it's boring most of the time, this is a really impressive Album with some standout songwriting by Eppard, so I can recommend it to almost everyone, though it has one of the ugliest covers I have ever seen. Favorite Tracks: Balloon, Faster
|8||The Black Angels|
A very strong debut Album which profits from a surprisingly consistent quality over the whole Album. The atmosphere is dark, brooding and desperate but nonetheless the songs are also dynamic and powerful, which is why it never fails to impress me. Favorite Tracks: Young Men Dead, Call to Arms
Only Every Time
Sounds similar to Jimmy eat world but in a good way... some of the best and catchiest choruses I heard in a long time, and some really standout tracks like For The Missing and Make Believe. Also this is a definite step up from their debut LP.
Indie-Folk at his best, far better than the fleet foxes very creative and somewhat shiny LP which deserves more attention from the sputnik community I recommend Ship the Majestic Suffix and Kids pushing Kids for a first listen.