To be honest, I was not impressed with the music of 2007 and 2008. With some obvious exceptions (Such as Radiohead’s In Rainbows) I just didn’t get into current releases. Mostly, I collected the catalogues of classic bands and avoided new music.
But seriously what is it with 2009?! There is so much good music coming out this year that there has been at least one record per month that I have greatly anticipated. My year end top ten will turn into a top twenty this year, I can almost guarantee it.
For the record here are my current favs from this year along with briefer than brief commentary (Currently not ordered, but at the end of the year my list will be):
- Derek Webb- Stockholm Syndrome [Derek goes electronica but holds onto the biting lyrics. His best musically, and lyrically too. If the only word you hear on this album is four letters long you aren't listening...]
- Thrice- Beggars [Easily their best album, and that's just from the initial listen.]
- House of Heroes- The End Is Not The End [How many Christian artists release concept records? How many artists release concept records about World War II? How many Christian artists release concept records about World War II? How many do you think could pull it off? I can think of one.]
- Project 86- Picket Fence Cartel [improvement over the past two releases, still figuring out how it holds up to the "classics"]
- Joy Electric- Curiosities and Such [honestly why didn't Ronnie go mono years ago?]
- Sleeping Giant- Sons of Thunder [phenomenal Spirit-filled hardcore... which reminds me, isn't there a series I should be completing...?]
- As Cities Burn- Hell or High Water [good record to go out on.... -10,000,000 points to T&N for making "Gates" a download only bonus track... shouldn't the PHYSICAL releases be the ones with bonuses? Sigh.]
- Boarders- The World Hates Me [very fun metal with obvious but divergent influences... dig the Megadeth cover]
- Ultimatum- Lex Metalis [as cover albums go, this is among the best]
- For Today- Portraits [10 musical "portraits" of biblical characters. A Spirit-filled hardcore concept record? Never thought I'd hear that, glad I did]